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Kelly, Appliance Technician
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Dryer has power but does not turn on just stays on "sensing

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Dryer has power but does not turn on just stays on "sensing Light". Does not turn on and spin
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.
  1. When you start it, do you hear a click from the control area?
  2. May I please have your model number so I am able to provide you with accurate, model specific information?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Do not have model # with me but I hear no click when attempting to turn on and use machine
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I do not want to call you can e-mail me what I need to know
Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

Thank you. If the sensing light is on, the control thinks the dryer is running. So, one of two possibilities exist. Either the control is faulty and the relay that has to close to energize the motor has failed (I suspect this since you don't hear the relay click closed) or there is something interrupting the power from the control to the motor. Most models have a thermal fuse, a belt switch and a thermal motor protector. Do you have a meter to perform any electrical testing with?

Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

Sorry for the phone call offer, that comes up automatically, I have no control over those.

Expert:  Kelly replied 10 months ago.

If you can test the output of the motor relay on the control, that will tell you if the control is faulty. No voltage out, bad control. Voltage out indicates a probable belt switch or thermal fuse failure. If you can post the model number, I am happy to get you very detailed information!

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