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Yes, I checked the element, and all seems to be in order. There are no broken wires or anything amiss. Yes, I have a multimeter.
I called a service tech but their prices have gone up DRAMATICALLY and I cannot afford that. I am at home today and I have GOT to get this fixed. Since I paid for this service I assume you are still going to help me trouble shoot this?
After our last conversation I had one of the electricians at work check the ohms of the element, and he told me I had the meter set to the wrong setting. Indeed the element was being grounded. He took it apart and found where an element coil was touching the housing. We pushed the coil back into position from where it had seemingly swelled. He checked the ohms again an zero (0) there was no reading. He then checked the the ceramic thing (don't know what it's called) that he explained to me was supposed to sense how how it was and turn the element off. Again, he said it was functional.
I brought the element home last night and put it all back together. The problem with the element engaging as soon as I turn the dial to a cycle has been aleviated; however, the dryer will NOT START. I've checked all the wiring and it is correct. I checked the door to assure it was closed...and it was. I've assured electricity is reaching the dryer, and that is evident by the light inside the tub being illuminated.
When I press the start button there is absolutely nothing happening. I listened for any type noise (e.g. low hum, clicking, etc), but there was none. I need help!
Tom, "continuity"...what exactly does that mean? Check with ohm meter? like we did yesterday with the element?
I'm so sorry, but I am not at all an electrician, although I do have some equipment. Yesterday I had an electrician at work test the element, so now that I'm at home I need some help on knowing how to set the equipment up to use it for testing.
I'm using a Sears Autoranging Multimeter #82017. I know what the ohm symbol looks like (Omega), but this meter has multiple ports for the leads to plug in to. Which ones do I use?
I think so. I checked the white ceramic thing, and the meter read 10ohms.
The wires that go to it have "sleeves" over the wires that protect the wires from coming in contact with each other.
Can you see the picture below of what I'm looking at? Did you get the earlier picture of the meter I'm using?
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