Our dryer all of a sudden will not switch on. Could this be the relay part #AP 2974634 it just stopped working suddenly with no warning, I checked all circuit breakers it seems to be getting juice?
Answer Hello Joe. Check and make sure you have 240 volts coming to the dryer. Also check the heater and thermal fuses and see if they are good. You can test these with a multi-meter TJMA-DM1. They should read closed for continuity. Hope this helps.
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Where is the thermal fuse on a whirlpool dryer? Thanks Ruben.
Answer Ruben, That depends on the model number, most Whirlpool "Gas" Dryers have one(1) thermal fuse, located on the burner cone beside or near the hi limit thermostat. The "Electric" Dryers have two(2)thermal fuses one is located on the blower housing, and controls the voltage to the motor, if it opens, the dryer won't start and run. Then there is a thermal cut out / fuse located on the heater element housing, which controls power to the element, if it opens, the dryer will run, but won't heat.
I open the door and the dryer stops like it should, but when I close the door the heating element comes on before I push the start button.
Answer Hello Gaylon. Based on the information you provided, it sounds like the heating element may be grounded in the unit. You need to check and see if the element coils are touching metal. If so, you will need to order and replace the heater in the unit.
My dryer will turn on but as soon as I release the button it turns off. If I hold or tape the button donw it runs the full cycle.
The most likely cause of failure would be the centrifugal switch on the motor. If the centrifugal switch is bad the motor 279827 will need to be replaced.
this gas dryer recently stopped working. When cycle selection is made, the timer can be heard working, but the unit doesn't start when the start button is pushed. If cycled to the "Sensor Dry" cycle, the timer will run down. The unit will not turn on, though, until the timer reaches the "extra care" period. It then goes cycles through a drum spin and stop cycle -- no heat.
I have continuity tested and confirmed OK the following:
high-limit thermal fuse
Because the timer works and interior light goes on when the door is open and goes off when the door switch is depressed, I don't believe the issue is with the door switch.
I'm down to the start switch, but am uncertain about what item (part #) to test next. When the unit is plugged in, the cycle selector is turned on and the start button is pushed, I hear a click. Again, the timer continues to function.
Should I be looking at the start button relay?
Answer Phil, Your most likely issue is a faulty timer switch circuit 3976570 or signal switch 3399638 Based on your post information, the start relay and door switch are OK, the timer advances, and the motor runs in the "extra care"setting. That pretty much limits the possibilities to a bad timer switch 4 or switch 0, the signal/guard switch is faulty(stuck contact). or the "white" wire to the motor is damaged or broken.