My Whirlpool dryer recently stopped working all together mid cycle. The control panel was very warm to the touch and there was no light or response to any button press.
When I took off the back panel by the wire I saw this:
The black (before burning) wire has totally fried. ...It seems like i could just strip the wire back and re-connect the wire, but I dont want to risk a house fire if this happened again. Any thought to what could have caused this?
The outlet looks like just a standard 220v outlet and doesn't show any signs of being burned or shorted.
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It could be the lint screen needs cleaning, and not just removal of lint, but washing with warm water and a soft brush to remove fabric softener / static cling sheets that can build up and without being obvious, clog the screen. If there is not adequate air flow and the dryer is over heating it may shut itself off as a safety precaution.
Also, i'm not sure about this model, but many dryers have moisture sensors. These can become ineffective do to fabric softener sheets build up that coats the sensors. Check the owners manual and locate the sensor. It is just two metal contacts inside the dryer. Clean them with warm water and a nylon scrub pad, like you would use to wash dishes, but not steel wool or anything too abrasive.
If the tumbler won't spin when it operates,
unplug it and try to move the tumbler by hand. If it won't budge, then
something is jammed. If it turns with no resistance at all, you may
have a problem with your drive belt. If it turns with consistent, minor
resistance then the problem may be electrical. Follow the instructions
of your user's manual to remove the tumbler so the belt drive and motor
are visible. Inspect the drive belt. If it hangs loose, it needs to be
tightened. If it is frayed or has worked its way up the drive shaft, it
should be replaced. Try to turn the driveshaft leading from the motor
by hand. If it won't budge, then your motor is seized and needs to be
replaced. If nothing is wrong with the belt or the motor, then the
problem is in the control circuit. It may be damaged, preventing the
motor from engaging.
If the dryer stops working mid-cycle and will not respond to any of the
control functions, unplug it, empty it of clothing and pull it away
from the wall. Remove the service panel on the back and open it. Be
mindful of smoke and the smell of burnt plastic; these are good
indications that something carrying electricity has just died. This
particular model of dryer is notorious for its electrical plug and
power block, which should be the black box near the bottom in the back.
If there are any signs of charring, melting, or discoloration, the
power cord and block are your culprits. These can be replaced with a
new power cord and terminal-connection wire kit obtained at any
hardware store. If there is no indication of electrical damage, the
problem is likely the control circuit set underneath the control board
on the face of the dryer. Such boards can't be fixed, only replaced--a
task best left to a certified repairman.
II Dryers are fitted with a mechanical timer that sends an impulse to
the control circuit board to stop running once the set amount of drying
time has elapsed. This is because, should an electronic timer fail,
this would necessitate the replacement of the entire circuit board.
Confirm that the mechanical timer is indeed broken by opening the
dryer's door. If the dryer stops, the circuit board is working fine and
is not the problem. Simply slide off the protective faceplate of the
dryer, unscrew the control board beneath, and flip it over. Connected
to the back of the timer's knob should be a small round device with two
wires running to the circuit board within the body of the dryer.
Unscrew this device from the back of the knob and disconnect the wires.
A replacement timer costs a few dollars and should screw into place
without trouble. Reconnect the wires and put the dryer back together.
It should work fine now.
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I had no lights on my control panel, eventhough power was good.
I replaced the control panel ($265 part), it worked for 2 weeks, then I now have the same problem.
Frustrated, I am probably going to buy new from a different manufacturer.
Whirlpool/maytag does not warranty electronic parts if you do it yourself.
We are sorry to hear of the problem with your Whirlpool dryer. We would recommend having a local certified technician in your area properly diagnose and repair the issue you are experiencing. Please email us at Whirlpool_Reviews@Whirlpool.com with your name, phone number, address and the model and serial number for your refrigerator.