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my clothes dryer wont heat up Ithink it is the thermal fuse

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my clothes dryer wont heat up Ithink it is the thermal fuse how do I tell if its bad?
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Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
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Check the thermal fuse for continuity.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
if it is bad will it have no continuity or alot of resistance
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
It will have no continuity.You can always take the 2 wires off it and attach them together and try the dryer.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
now Im not sure if that is the issue I get 9 ohms of resistance when I check the heating element is that normal , i test the fuse and now it seems fine is it safe to run the dryer without the fuse
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
Yes it is ok to run the dryer with the fuse bypassed just to see if that is the problem.Check the voltage at the element.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
bypassing the fuse doesnt make any difference the volt at the element while it running is 0
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago

Remove one wire from the element and test it to ground for a 120 volts.Do that with both wires. What do you get?

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
with dryer off i get 114.6 from one and 0 from the other with them connected i get 114.6 from each side
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
The one you got 0 on follow it.It will lead you to the problem.Both wires have to get 120 for element to heat.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
It goes inside undernieth to a transformer any ideas?
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
Goes inside where?
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
it runs from the element down to what looks like transformer of some sort right behind the exhaust housing
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago

Are you sure its not the motor?

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
i cant see in there very well but ya I think thats what it is
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
Then that is the problem the motor is not sending power to the element.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
what would cause that? one of the thermastats?
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
No the motor switch is bad.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Is that easy to replace once i get to the motor
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago

Yes it is not to hard.As long as the switch on your motor is replaceable if not then you need to replace the motor.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
ok thanks alot for your help
Appliance Technician: Tom Johnston, Home Appliance Technician replied 7 years ago
You are welcome.
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