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    • Part Number: AP5618651
    • MFG Part Number: W10396039
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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Note: This question is for the older version of this part, but we thought you might still find it helpful

My dryer will run for 30 minutes or so and then start humming louder than normal and shut off. It will not turn back on without sitting for a little while, and sometimes turns back on by itself. Tonight, I have been troubleshoting a little bit, all the cutoffs, fuses and thermostats test good for continuity and power does go through them. It ran for a while and I stopped it by opening the door, now it won't turn back on without sitting for a while. I am guessing that the motor is going bad. Am I correct or could there be something else going on? From your website, I found the motor being part #AP317531, is this correct? If it is the motor, what else may I need to prevent this from happening again? Thanks for any help, great website also, it was very helpful.

Jeff for Model Number LEL8858DQO

ANSWER Hello Jeff. I suspect one of three problems from your description. Either you have a bad electrical connection,(usually at the receptacle or terminal block), a ducting issue that is holding too much heat in the dryer and causing the overload on the motor to trip (which would explain why it works after a few minutes), or the motor W10396039 is in fact failing as you mentioned. As far as preventing the problem in the future, the best advice I can give is to make your exhaust duct as short and straight as possible. All of the manufacturers recommend against flexible and semi-flexible ducting. Solid aluminum is recommended. If we can help further, feel free to contact us! 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Monday, February 27, 2012

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