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i have a whirpool dryer model lgr 8648pwo that does not start,

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i have a whirpool dryer model lgr 8648pwo that does not start, the light in the barrel turns on when the door is open and off when closed, so it has power it was working fine just a minute before it stopped working. maybe start switch? i tested the thermal switch and is fine
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Bryan replied 6 years ago.

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its your Thermal fuse. If the dryer overheats, this device stops the flow of electricity to the heat source and/or the entire dryer. It is located on the blower housing and cannot be reset. The most common cause for overheating is a vent tube clogged with lint, a birds nest or other debris. It doesn't necessarily have to be caused by a vent clogged but that's the most common reason, it may have just blown on its own, this happens quite frequently, this is what the thermal fuse looks like, you can order one of these at the following link, there is also a video there to show you how to test it with a voltmeter if you have one, it's part number 7 on this diagram, to get to it you will need to remove the back panel on the dryer, just pull a dryer away from the wall carefully shut the gas off, and remove the back panel make sure the dryer is unplugged also, when you get the panel off you will see this on the blower assembly in the bottom left side when looking from the back of the dryer, this will take care of your issue, thanks and well wishes, Bryan

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
i dont think that is the problem, as i have alrady tested the thermal fuse for continuity and tested fine, my door switch works fine as the light turns on and off when the door is closed
Expert:  Bryan replied 6 years ago.
sorry, I missed that, you need to check the start switch and make sure you check the door switch again, just because the light goes on and off doesnt mean its working when its shut, did you check continuity when the door is shut?
Expert:  Bryan replied 6 years ago.
Are you still there? Are you still looking for help, let me know if you still need help, thanks, Bryan
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
hi, i tested the thermal fuse, door switch, selector switch, and they all tested fine, so i took out the timer to test it, then i put everything back and the dryer worked, so it makes me thing that the timer motor was the problem, so if it stops working again i will prob just replace the timer with motor. i did not have the correct instructions to test the timer motor. but thanks for you help