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Won't start, just beeps - sounds like door switch problem others have had

My light bulb burned out. It won';t start, just get 3 short beeps. I tried testing the thermal fuse as you sugessted (bypassing it) and no change. Could be the door switch. When I enter diagnostic mode, I don't get an 88 on the front panel as the paperwork indicates, I get a 4E (not flashing). Opening and closing the door does not make it beep (again, could be that switch). Any idea what the 4E indicates?

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Our whirlpool duet (over 6 yrs old) stopped turning on after the light bulb blew. The control options still allowed us to choose a setting but blinked and beeped when we tried to press start. After researching online, we found that this is because the dryer thinks the door is open even though it was closed. Apparently when the light bulb blew it drew enough of a current to fuse the switch that senses door closure. My husband first checked the switch for continuity and it was fine (using a OHM meter). If you don't know how to do that, or don't have an OHM meter, you can just try what we did: After unplugging the dryer, my husband pulled the door switch out, disconnected the wire leading to the light bulb (in our case the tan wire) made sure the other wires were connected and pushed it back into place. We plugged it back in a voila...it works just fine. If the switch is bad, the part can be easily ordered through Searspartsdirect.com. It is part #8519323 (also known as part number 8283288). This comes with both the knob and the wiring. Was about $20 plus shipping.

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    My Kenmore HE4 (clone of WP Duet) exhibited the exact same symptoms - interior light bulb went out, exterior lights worked, pressing start button resulted in 3 beeps. Not being handy with electronics I skipped step 1 and went to step 2., I disconnected the wire from the door switch to the light bulb (same as yours - tan) and voila, mine now works fine too. Thanks for documenting your solution and saving me a lot of time, money, and aggravation.

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Thank you sooooo much for that info. The burned out bulb caused the current to fry the control panel console. Just spent 200 on a new control console ( which is the complete front panel). Installed it and pushed the button and three beeps, checked the door switch and still three beeps. Went into diagnostic and had the 4E code.
After reading you post about the bulb, I simply removed the factory bulb which was burned out, now the dryer works fine.
We had this dryer for 7 months when the bulb initially burned out. Couldn't figure out the problem so we kept the dryer thinking a solution would come up eventually. Sears refused to help us back when it initially broke down.
This info needs to be passed on to any owner of this model dryer.

Thanks again

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My HE4 dryer failed in a similar manner. What happened is that when the light bulb blew it drew so much current it fused the switch that senses door closure. The repair man replaced the bulb and loosened/'un-stuck' the switch (did not replace it). I believe the beeps are that the dryer thinks the door is open, even when its is closed. The repair man said this was a common problem. He also said something about the factory bulb made this failure possible, replacement bulbs fail without drawing so much current.

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  • Baseballcop9 Sep 15, 2011

    Thank you sooooo much for that info. The burned out bulb caused the current to fry the control panel console. Just spent 200 on a new control console ( which is the complete front panel). Installed it and pushed the button and three beeps, checked the door switch and still three beeps. Went into diagnostic and had the 4E code.
    After reading you post about the bulb, I simply removed the factory bulb which was burned out, now the dryer works fine.
    We had this dryer for 7 months when the bulb initially burned out. Couldn't figure out the problem so we kept the dryer thinking a solution would come up eventually. Sears refused to help us back when it initially broke down.
    This info needs to be passed on to any owner of this model dryer.

    Thanks again

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The three short beeps could be part of the fault code. Check the owners manual and there are diagnostic sheets on the inside of the machine. I cannot find this fault code in my data base. What is the Model and Serial Number of your Dryer. Check the Power inside the machine at the power cord power connections. You should have 120V from both power terminals to the common terminal. There should be 240 Volts across the main power terminal. Another quest replaced the power cord. Hope to hear some good news soon.
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