My dryer turns on but as soon as it heats up it will go off again. After it cools down it will turn on again by itself, but when it heats up it will turn off again. I believe that it is the heating element, could it be something else?
One of 2 things, over temp protection activating due to insufficient ventillation or motor is defective and heating up excessively.normally if both drum support wheels are worn or defective,plus if veld strip on drum is worn, motor will overwork and fail.
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Check to make sure vent/air flow is not restricted. Try to start dryer soon after it stops. If it hums and does not start, motor is cutting out. If you touch the motor you will find it to be 'very hot' Touch only for 3-4 seconds.
That sounds like a classic caseof the coils that open the gas valve are bad. When bad they work when cool but after heating up a bit they dont work again till cool The part # for the coils is WE4X692 they could found for order online by googling the part# and then clicking the shooping tab
Check the circuit breaker for the dryer itself, one side of it may have tripped. Turn the dryer's breaker off, wait a moment, then turn it back on.
If the dryer was in the middle of a heating cycle, rather than a cool down cycle, then the heat coming off the element may have caused the thermal switch in the dryer to open since the fan / blower wasn't running. Usually, this switch will reset itself, but not all will.
Removing the back panel of the dryer, with the power cord UNPLUGGED and breaker TURNED OFF (Just in case), you should see 1 or 2 limit switches. They will likely appear to have brown or dark housings, and will be round or slighly diamond shaped. Use a multimeter to check for continuity across the switch. If the dryer is cold, you should have continuity. If you don't have continuity, then replace the thermal switch.
Make sure the door does not come open while running.
If it turns off only during the auto-drying cycle, the moisture sensor may have failed.
If it turns off during the timed cycle, the operating thermostat has most likely failed and the high limit thermostat turns the machine off when it gets too hot. After the machine cools down, it will start until it heats up and turns off again.
The heating circuit is working perfectly except for the solenoid coils as indicated by the occasional glowing of the igniter but no gas is ignited. A gas valve closes as the solenoid coil weakens as it gets hot and does not open until it has cooled down. Replace both gas valve solenoid coils to get the dryer back into proper operation. The solenoid coils are part numbers 694539 and 694540 but also can be purchased as a kit here.
Check to see if vent hose is not restricted. If it goes up inside wall, it could have lint clogging it. Most dryers regulate heat with air flow. Wet clothes can restrict flow even more if vent is clogged or pinched. Air flow is crucial to heat cycle. If the vent is resrticted, heat will rise quickly, but not cool down fast enough to allow heat thermostat to cool down and turn on heating element again. It may seem hot inside dryer but if no air flow it will increase dry time or not dry them at all before timer shuts off. If vent goes up inside wall, buy a small chimney brush and try cleaning out vent from attic if you can.
The cooling light should be blinking. Mine did the same thing. It ended up being the fuse that was going to the dryer from the circuit breaker itself. I ended up replacing the whole heating element thinking that was the problem. Turned out to be a $17 fuse and problem solved. Hope this helps.