My dryer is not turning on at all. I relize i need to check the door switch, on switch and outlet (but they "appear" to be ok) but i was wondering if there wasn't a fuse somewhere on the dryer that i can more easily visually inspect before getting out the multimeter. If so, where would i find it? Thanks
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Re: Dryer not turning on at all
There is no fuse that you can visually check on this dryer. The thermal fuse is a solid white plastic component that does not have a visual filament. If the model number you listed this under is correct, the thermal fuse is located in the rear of the dryer, mounted on the air blower housing. You can access it by removing the back panel of the dryer. It will be located on the left hand side of the dryer (facing from the rear with panel removed) adjacent to the operating thermostat on the blower fan housing. If you have verified the door switch, verified the voltage at the wall receptacle, and verified you don't have a breaker tripped somewhere, then the next logical step would be to perform a resistance check of the thermal fuse. This is not a resettable device and must be replaced if blown. Let me know if you need further assistance. I hope this helps you.
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The wall outlet 240 volts: The first thing to check when your Whirlpool dryer is not starting is the wall outlet to make sure that the dryer is getting the proper voltages. On an electric dryer there should be 240 and 120 volts present at the terminal block.
A blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker are one of the major causes why the dryer won't start. To check the voltage on an electric dryer you will need to use a multimeter.
The wall outlet 120 volts: A gas dryer connects to a 120 volts wall outlet, and it is very easy to check the outlet. Disconnect the dryer and connect a hair blower or any other small appliance on the outlet.
If they work, then the problem must be on the dryer. If the don't work, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If the problem is bigger than that, have a license electrician check the house wiring. A bad wall outlet could be the reason why your Whirlpool dryer is not starting.
The thermal fuse: The thermal fuse is use on an electric dryer as a safety devise to open the motor circuit if the operating thermostat fails to open at the preset temperature or if the motor draws too much amperage.
A blown thermal fuse could be the reason why your Whirlpool dryer is not starting. It is located behind the back panel on the dryer.
The door switch: The door switch is another safety device use on the dryer. It is connected on the neutral line of the motor circuit. A door that is not closing properly or a bad door switch could be the reason why your Whirlpool dryer is not starting.
The push to start switch: The push to start switch is use to start the motor. There are two types of switches. The older type switch is a solenoid operated door switch and the other one is a simple push to start switch.
A bad solenoid operated or regular push to start switch could be the cause why your Whirlpool dryer is not starting.
The timer: The timer is the distribution center or the brain of the dryer. Inside of the timer is that the electricity gets routed to the different electrical parts in the dryer.
The timer has contact points, and the contact points wear or burn out depending on the amount of use. Contacts burnt inside of the timer, could prevent the dryer motor from starting..
The motor: Also, the motor could be burnt bad. A motor that smells like rubber burning, makes growling noises, runs for a wile, the won't start until is cool down or a motor that runs fine, but the centrifugal switch is not making the right connections is a bad motor and must be replace.
So...as you could see, there are many parts that could be the reason why your Whirlpool dryer is not starting.
check the lid or door switch, open and close the door, when you close it have to make a click if not there you have your problem when the switch goes bad is like when you hace the dryer door open. Hope this help
Is door shut good ? Check door switch push it in and see if you can hear it click. Check power at outlet then where it goes into the dryer. Check start switch and voltage coming out of the timer. Check voltage to motor. If voltage to motor you will need a motor.
Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? If you plug something else into the outlet, does it work? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch.
Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. In this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.
Check house fuses or circuit breaker.
Pull 220V cord from wall outlet and inspect the gold prongs.
If you see any burnt areas on the prongs the outlet is bad.
If the unit makes no noise when you press the start button check the dryer door switch and make sure it clicks when depressed.
Sometimes the door switch arm can break off so when the door closes
the door switch cannot be activated.
If you hear a growl noise when you press the start button 2 things...
1. The motor is bad and needs replacing.
2. An object fell down the lint trap and is preventing the motor from turning.
Also if the dryer vent has been plugged causing the dryer to over heat a saftey fuse may have blown and needs replacement.
It doesn't work at allIf your dryer doesn't work at all, it could be because of problems with:Power from the houseDoor switchThermal fuseWiringPower from the houseCheck to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? If you plug something else into the outlet, does it work? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.Door switchIf the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Thermal fuseOn many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing
There are two white wires connected to the fuse. Pull those off and connect together. Your door light will come on if that is your problem. There might have been a problem that caused the fuse to blow. Check for kinked dryer hoses, dirty lint traps or anything that might have caused it to overheat. You must replace the fuse or you risk catching the dryer on fire.