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the electrical cord is fine - connections are tight and show no signs of damage. can i check continuity of the heating assembly without removing it from the dryer?
Hi Randy, i'm not sure I want to remove the drum - sounds like a bigger job than I am prepared to tackle. will it be more straightforward to remove the heating element and then test continuity? if so, how do I remove the heating element from the Amana LEA60W?
Hi Randy, yes, I want to proceed. If I can't fix it, I will have to replace it. From looking at the diagrams, it seems to me I will need to remove the top cover and disassemble some other items to lift out the drum. How should I proceed? On the Amana LEA60W, are there any hazards I should be aware of?
i have removed the panel at the bottom front of the dryer. ready to go!
done. i also removed the light above the door - wiring appears to be in the way to pulling the drum. what's next?
also done. all simple so far. now how do i get that drum out?
Ok. which screws do i pull next to remove he back plate?
yes, i've pulled it down. what wires do i remove to pull it free? what will come with the new heating element?
yes. my lowest setting for a resistance measurement is 200 ohms. without disconnecting any wires, when touching the probes to the two terminals, the digital meter reading changes to 10.2 ohms. it appears i have continuity, right?
Yes. just walk me through the steps. what voltage(s) do i need to test? is it the thermostat? or the thermal fuse perhaps? should i reinstall the heating element and plug in the dryer?
yes - 246
Great. Unplug dryer. There are just 2 wires that LEAD to the heating element. Pull them off and isolate them so nothing shorts out. Place your meter leads on them and turn the dryer on in a heated cycle. There should be 240. Let me know.
tested blue and black wire (leads to heating element) with dryer plugged in, door connected and dryer running - voltage reading 0.
all wires appear to be in good condition - from the terminal block to the motor to the heating element to the timer. what's next?
with the dryer running in a heating cycle, we checked the voltage between a black wire leading from the motor (not the one between the heating element and the motor) and the blue wire leading to the heating element. the digital display read 0.
Thank you Mr Answer. Unfortunately, I have to sign off. I will check the final piece tomorrow. I very much appreciate your help.
Hi Mr. Answer, if you recall this repair project from yesterday, the problem is definitely the timer. A heavy orange wire (running between the H terminal on the timer and the heat selector) burned out (bad crimp to the connector) and caused the timer to burn out. The plastic partially melted right at the H terminal marking on the timer and you can smell the burn. I ran the electrical test for kicks - no power. So, I will replace the timer and we should be good to go for another 13 years on this dryer. My wife will be so happy.
Thanks again for all of your help.
Please reply so I can complete the rating - excellent service!!
Mr. Answer, I replied to you this morning to confirm the timer was bad on my Amana LEA60AW dryer. Now I'm putting the dryer back together and am having trouble properly installing the drum belt. Can you provide a diagram? Thank you!!
Mr. Answer, please disregard my last post. Dryer belt re-installed. Thanks again.