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No power to dryer

We have a GE DBSR453EB3WW dryer and I loaded clothes in it yesterday and turned it on. I just do these chores automatically so can't tell you if the light came on or if the dryer came on when I turned it on but I feel certain both were working as normal or I would have surely noticed the change. Anyway, my husband came home, was going to empty the dryer and throw another load in, but the clothes were still damp and no light came on when he opened the door. We've searched high and low for the owner's manual to no avail. My husband seems to think a wire in our wiring to the house (where he gets these ideas is beyond me) has come loose and he plans to check into this when he gets home. I'm scared silly. We don't have another appiance to plug into this 220 outlet to tell for certain if it is the dryer or the power to the dryer. Any suggestions before my husband fries himself this evening? I mean, like how likely is it a loose wire? He's checked breakers (one is labeled dryer, but we've only lived here a little over a year and have never needed to check the dryer before so since the breaker switch isn't flipped to 'off' we assume it's working properly, but can't tell since we don't have anything else to plug into that outlet). Is it likely something to do with the dryer? If so, what? I mean, it's so weird that the light isn't even coming on and I don't think it's just burned out because we just replaced the bulb about a month ago and the dryer was working fine while the bulb was burned out.

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If you go to lowes you can purchase a pen type voltage tester cheap. Insert the tip into the 2 long prongs they are the hot wires. The L shaped one is the netural. You might unplug the dryer and remove the cover where the cord goes in the dryer. Check and make sure the wires are tight where they attach to the terminal block as alot of times the installer does not tighten them.

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Does your Husband have a meter to check voltage? if not any good hardware store, Sears or Radioshack will sell you a meter for checking voltage at the outlet. I cant give him a lesson on electricity he has to feel comfortable with that.

I have witnessed many dryer installations where they blame the dryer and come to find out its the house wiring, oh bye the way here is my bill and you need to call an Electrician to replace this and he will bill you also. My service stops at the power cord! Make sure when your husband checks for loose wires he has the power off, if you are not sure of the correct breaker turn the main off. then he can check for all the loose wires and he wont fry himself.

I would also ask that you turn the breaker off and on several times to reset it, the dryer could still run but not heat if one side doesnt work.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

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