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Heating element doesn't heat

The heating element will not get hot. I've checked both elements and there is resistance and there is a voltage between the posts on the element and ground. I've also disassembled the sensor wires and looked over the circuit board for any burns. As this is an $800 dryer, I really could use an idea what to look for.

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  • Jesse Hobson Mar 10, 2007

    ok i figured it out. I removed the casing around the lint collector and found that the humidity sensor was packed very tightly with lint. I removed the lint and ran it twice. It's worked fine since then.

  • Anonymous Jul 19, 2008

    Where is this humidity sensor located? Thank you in advance!

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Dryer is not powering up



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Well done !

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I had the same problem. Solved it in the same way. Thanks!

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