Question about Dryers
I apologize for taking so long getting back to you on this. Have you verified everything? The following link provides some helpful information on how to troubleshoot common ELECTRIC dryer problems:
The component you mention, sounds like an operating thermostat, but I'm not sure. From the readings you provided, it sounds like it may be good. That's why I suggested the link in order for you to double check all your readings and symptoms. I'm not trying to undermine you technical abilities, but you may have overlooked something.
A model number would be a great help in understanding how your dryer is configured. You also never mentioned if this was an electric or gas dryer. I'm assuming we're talking about an electric dryer.
If this is a GAS dryer, the common source of a no heat problem is a bad igniter or gas safety valve coils. Please let me know which dryer type you have. I hope all this information helps you.
PS I failed to mention (I think) in the link I provided that there is also a centrifugal switch on the drive motor that (if faulty) will not enable the heating circuits. Double check everything else before looking into this option.
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
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Several different problems could prevent your dryer from running. Make sure that the door is firmly closed and hold down the start button for a couple of seconds to start the dryer. If you hear a click from the control board then the door switch and the control board are likely okay. You could have a blown thermal fuse or a broken belt in the dryer. To check these components,unplug the dryer and remove the bottom front service panel as shown in the first image below. With this panel removed, you can tell whether the drive belt is broken. If the drive belt is okay, I recommend checking the thermal fuse. This fuse is located on the blower housing as shown in the second image below. It will have light blue wires attached. To test the fuse, remove one wire and measure the resistance across the leads of the fuse with a volt/ohm meter. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity). If you measure infinite resistance, then the fuse is blown and will need to be replaced. You can verify that this is your failure by taping the contacts of the light blue wires together with electrical tape to "bypass" the thermal fuse. Reassemble the dryer and see if the motor runs with this fuse bypassed. If it does, then this verifies that the blown thermal fuse prevented the dryer from running and that this was the only failure. NOTE: Do not continue to run the dryer beyond this brief test with the thermal fuse bypassed. This component must be replaced. It is an important safety feature of the dryer.
You can order a new thermal fuse from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number is 3392519.
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