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I have a KEYS677EQO Kitchenaid dryer. I am getting no heat. The drum rolls, but no heat. Took the back off and cleaned all lint and dust particles. Replaced back. Plugged in, started, no heat. How do I check one of the thermostats to see if it needs replaced? Isn't there a heating unit that could be out? Thank you in advance

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Most thermosats on dryers are set to certain tempurature. When the dryer is cold the contacts in the thermostat should be closed. Remove the wires from the theromstat. If you have access to voltmeter, use the ohm setting and put a probe from the voltmeter to each of the wire contacts on the thermostat. If the thermostat is good it should give a small numerical value. If the thermostat is bad the reading will be "0". If you dont have access to a volt meter you can make a battery tester with a 9v battery, a 6v light bulb and a couple of pieces of wire. Tape the wire to the battery, then wrap the other end of the wire to light bulb and tape it in place. To test, put one wire to one side of the thermostat and then touch the base of the light to the other. If the bulb lights the thermostat is good. Make sure the dyre is unplugged.
You might check to see if your getting a full 220v from the breaker. This would take a voltmeter. Each leg to the 220v should be 120v. You can check that where the dryer chord bolts into the back of the dryer. Put one lead to the metal frame and the other to the black or white lead, each should read 115v to 120v. Be carful to not let your hands touch the leads.

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