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The Dryer does not get very hot anymore and it takes a long time to dry clothes. I have cleaned out the vents and lent trap and the lent trap sensor. I think it could either be the heater or thermostat. How can I fix this? Are these easy fixes?

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  • mikeging88 Mar 23, 2011

    I have thoroughly cleaned the ducts and lint filter. I have not replaced the lint filter it is 9 years old but I can see through it. I do not have a multimeter. How much do they cost? I assume that when your using the multimeter the dryer is disconnected from electrical power? We had a repairman out about a year ago and he claimed it was the heating element. His cost to repair it was a little less than a new dryer. After he left the dryer actually worked better than previously without any work on it at all, so I did not get it repaired. Does this alter your opinion or should I still start with the multimeter?

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Hi.

To start double check the air ducts. If there is a lint filter, clean it and eventually replace it. A dirty lint filter may cause overheating and the thermostat will blow.

If there is no heating at all, check first the thermal switch (this is a cutoff with a red button located at the back of the unit in Bosch). First try pressing the button. Then test it using a multimeter set on Ohms. If the switch is defective it will remain open. The switch reading Ohms' infinity when you touch the switch contacts with the probes (after removing switch from appliance), then the switch is gone.

If the fuse is OK, then you can have a defective thermostat or heating element. This parts are located in the heating assembly. Before going for the thermostat, ensure that the fan is running, or that will be the problem (quite uncommon).
You test the thermostats similarly to thermal fuse.Set the multimeter on Ohms and read impedance. You need to disconnect the part's contact to test properly.If the thermostat is good it will read zero Ohms (or very low impedance) at room. If they are bad they read open (infinity).

The heating element is tested in the same way. Set multimeter on impedance, disconnect element, and touch contacts with multimeter probes. If it reads open, then element is gone. A good element reading depends on the specific model. Most dryers, including Whirlpool and Maytag read between 10 and 20 Ohms, the Axxis element impedance is probably higher than that.


Regards.

Ginko.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

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    Ginko Mar 23, 2011

    Hi Mike.

    The multimeter is not expensive. A cheap tool will start at about $10. Use Google Shopping (option on top of Google page) to get choice in your area.

    To test parts, not only the power must be disconnected, but the part must be removed from the appliance (at least one of the two contacts must be cut, or connector disconnected. Although the repair job is not difficult, I have to remind that for safety reasons the repairs must be done by a trained person.

    Parts can be purchased from Bosch or from a local part seller.

    Regards.

    Ginko

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