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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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If the dryer turns on, drum spins, but you have no heat, any of the following components could be bad:
All these components COMBINED, should cost less than $100. If you fix it yourself, you will avoid the additional cost for labor.
Now, if your dryer keeps failing, it may be for a reason. You need to ask yourself when the last time you cleaned the dryer ventilation was. If you can't remember, or if it has never been done, this could be the cause of your dryer failing. All dryers need proper air flow in order to dry properly. If the ducting becomes clogged, the heating circuits will actually overheat and eventually fail. This usually results in the Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) blowing or the Heating Element failing or BOTH. When these components fail, they must be replaced. Remove the dryer hose from the back of the dryer and inspect it thoroughly from where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. It should be clear with no kinks or clogs. If your vent line runs under a crawl space make sure it is suspended above the ground and has no sags where lint could collect. RULE OF THUMB: The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the vent duct, the BETTER. After you inspect the vent ducting, turn the dryer on and make sure you have forceful air flow coming form the dryer. This will prove that your blower fan is working properly or not. Since you stated that your dryer is not currently heating, the air will be cold, but you should still have some force behind it. If the air flow is weak, you need to clean the duct work INSIDE the dryer. It is important to keep a dryer checked routinely. I recommend once per season (that's 4 times per year). Dryers are the cause of many house fires. These fires are due to lint accumulations inside the unit catching on fire. A little prevent maintenance can prevent significant problems in the future.
Getting to the heating circuit to determine if the components are good or bad is the next step. If your dryer has the lint screen on the top of the unit, you will need to remove the back panel of the dryer to expose the heating circuits. If the dryer has the lint screen in the door, you will need to remove the lower kick panel under the door by using a putty knife to release the retaining clips. They will be located along the seam in the front about 2 inches in from each side. You have to remove the entire front panel on some models. This is accomplished by lifting the dryer top and removing the screws that hold the front panel in place.
NOTE: The heating circuit should be troubleshot with the dryer UNPLUGGED. Dangerous voltages are still present with the dryer turned off. Resistance readings are as follows:
Heating Element (located inside heater box) – remove the two RED leads from the ceramic terminals on the heating element and take a reading across the terminal points. It should read 9 - 13 ohms.
Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) (mounted to the heater box.) - unplug wires and take reading across connector tabs. Reading should be 0 ohms.
Hi-Limit Thermostat (mounted to the heater box, closest to the heating element leads) - unplug wires and take reading across connector tabs. Reading should be 0 ohms.
If any of the above readings are abnormal, replace the component. NOTE: If the TCO or Hi-Limit Thermostat is defective it is highly recommended by most manufacturers to replace BOTH components at the same time. They are often sold as a set.
I hope this information is helpful to you. Post back with comments if you have any further questions.
PS This is not to assume you are abusing your appliance or are acting irresponsible. I just wanted to give you some useful tips, because some people just don't know.
Posted on Feb 14, 2008
You have a pretty old dryer. Replacement is recommended because new dryers use less electricity and more than make up for the price with the savings on your electric bill.
However, if you still want to use this dryer, you will need to replace some internal switches. In order to guide you through that I recommend you use our premium service.
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Posted on Jul 30, 2008
I have a kenmore elite , smart pac,he3, it will run for 10 min then shut off and a code (F 70 ) will start flashing, what does that mean.
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
THERE IS A SWITCH THAT IS LOCATED ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE DOOR. SOME OF THESE SWITCHES ARE OF THE PLUNGER TYPE. TRY PUSHING THE PLUNGER IN WHILE STARTING THE DRYER, MAKING SURE THAT NOTHING IS IN THE PATH OF THE ROTATING DRUM. IF THE DRYER STARTS, THEN EITHER ADJUST OR REPLACE THE PLUNGER SWITCH. THANKS FOR USING FIX-YA. PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED. GOOD LUCK
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
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This video will show you how to take apart your dryer and change your belt if the lint trap is on top of your dryerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFnXwmUb4f4
This video will show you how to take apart your dryer and change your belt if the lint trap is inside of your door. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtATa0a28bE
This video will show you how to take your dryer apart and change your belt with the control panel in the front side panel rhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpUqCrLaI7g
If you happen to run into an issue with your belt and pulley configuration all the diagrams are here click on the linkhttp://www.repairclinic.com/Dryer-Belt-Diagrams
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