My dryer will not work,but when I push the start button,I hear low clicking noises until I turn setting to off position. It has always worked good but has stopped. I have not done any trouble shooting etc. What is your gut feeling as to part replacement?
ANSWER Hi Richard. The clicking you hear is the timer motor progressing the timer internal cams/contacts. If the dryer is not running then the usual part is the thermal fuse part # LA-1053. You use a putty knife on the inside front panel top corners clips to release the top and hinge it up. The thermal fuse is mounted on the rt. side of the heater chassis on two smaller white wires. First replace the red wires of the high limit on top of the heater on the new high limit and set it aside mounted to the limit mount. This keeps it out of the way so you can remove the heater part # LA-1044. Remove the 1/4" -1" long screw on the upper rt. heater area. Slide the heater to the lt. and up and out. This way you can inspect the heater coils for stretching or open coils. This allows you to lift the thermostat with the 2- white wires up and then cock the bottom mount tang so it will lift up and out along with the part inset into it. Replace the thermal fuse and all parts in the opposite reassembly procedure. All of this is caused by a couple of issues. If you heard a thumping, scratching sound then remove the front blower wheel part # 31001317 cover and see if the blower is worn loose on the motor shaft. Inspect the total vent run for restrictions allowing the heater to become white hot instead of red hot as it held in too much heat and moisture. Clean all lint build up on the outside vent cover/Flapper so it does not stay open and not operate properly. It will stay open and allow night moisture , rain or snow moisture to get inside the vent run and create a restriction. Plastic vents cause 20,000 house fires annually. Use rigid flex metal vent w/ no ribs and that alone will increase efficiency 25% as well. Thank You.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Saturday, July 14, 2012