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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Might not be a dryer problem. Following assumes that the breaker that's going is an overcurrent device (something in place of a fuse - what we in the UK usually call an "MCB") rather than an earth leakage circuit breaker. MCBs often have two trip devices - an electromagnetic trip which protects against major faults, and a thermal backup which protects against chronic overload. It could be that you're cooking the thermal element. How much current is the dryer meant to take? (Calculate by dividing power consumption in watts by supply voltage). Is there anything else coming off the same circuit breaker at the same time? Calculate the current drawn by the other loads, and add them all up. If the total current is more than the rated current of the breaker, not only have you found the likely source of your problem but also you've identified that you are overloading your wiring (finding this out is a good thing, as it gives you the opportunity to stop before you set the place on fire). If the total current is below, but near the rated current of the breaker, then you may have a problem with the breaker itself. Possibilities include inadequate ventilation around it or location in a cabinet which is picking up external heat (both need sorting out urgently) - or it may be that the breaker is old and tired and has gone out of calibration. Investigating any of these needs more skill than it's wise to try to acquire from a stranger on the web. A.
Posted on May 24, 2007
SOURCE: no heat
First port of call is thermal cutouts - little switches that monitor the temperature of the air going into the drum and cut the heat off before it sets your house on fire if something goes wrong and it all starts to get too hot.
Disconnect the power, then open the machine up. Look for the metal duct that directs the hot air into the drum (you'll recognise it by the funny-shaped blower bit at one end, and the collection of terminals sticking out of it at odd places about halfway along).
You'll find that some of those terminals are associated with flat coin or button like objects held tight against the surface of the duct (the number and exact appearance of these objects varies a little from amachine to machine). Look carefully at these, and you'll find that one or two of them have a little reset button in the middle of them. Check again that the power is off, then give each of these buttons a gentle prod. With a bit of luck, one of them will make a sharp clicking sound - you have just reset a tripped thermal cutout.
Check whether this has worked by running the machine. If it has, then you need to find out what made it overheat in the first place and stop it happening again. This usually just means giving all the filters and ducts a thorough clean to remove lint that's restricting the airflow.
If the thermal cutouts aren't to blame, then the next suspect is the heating element. Diagnosing this is a bit more involved, though still managable as a DIY job. Check the cutouts first, then come back if you need help checking the element.
Posted on Feb 24, 2008
SOURCE: LG Dryer won't dry, no heat.
The heating coil is not too big of a problem to replace if you are mechanically inclined and have tools to do the job.
If you plan to try to repair the problem yourself, then the first thing you want to do is unplug the dryer from the electric.
Remove the back of the machine and try to locate the air tube going from the blower to the drum. Normally inside the air tube you will find the heating coil and the thermostats/thermistor.
Once you have located the heating coil, remove the two wires from it and check the coil with an ohm meter across the two terminals of the coil.
You should read continuity across the terminals, if not you will need to replace the coil as it is faulty.
If the heating coil is ok, then:
You can check the thermostat/thermistor by removing the two wires and taping them together with electrical tape.
If the coil heats up then replace the thermostat/thermistor.
DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES TAPED TOGETHER AFTER THE TEST. This could cause a fire, as you have removed the saftey of overheat from the machine.
Hope this helps
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
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