CAUTION! Always make sure there is no power to the appliance you are working on unless you have otherwise been trained specifically in safety procedures on that unit.
This page is designed to help find the problem. In most cases once you have found the problem you can then find detailed steps in the repair of that problem by going to www.youtube.ca.
If for example you enter in the search option “replacing Whirlpool dryer belt” and check a few videos to find your similar model, you will likely find a step by step walk through tutorial.
Common dryer repair problems:
- Dryer no heat
- Dryer overheating
- Dryer drum no tumble
- Dryer too long to dry
- Dryer noisy
Dryer no heat
Check thermal fuse or thermal cut off.
Inspect for burnt wiring.
Take ohms reading at the element. You may also remove the element housing and physically inspect the element coil to find the break to confirm that it is the element.
Check outside for strong air flow to be sure there is no problems with the venting as this can cause a thermal fuse to go.
Check that there is proper voltage (220 volts) at the cord end where it plugs into the dryer outlet.
Keep in mind that the motor can run on 110 volts, therefore do not conclude “but I know I have power to the dryer because the motor is running” Yes the motor can run on 110 volts but the element needs 220 volts.
If there is not proper voltage at the dryer receptacle a qualified electrician should be hired to check the breaker and the receptacle.
Check and or replace cycle thermostats.
Try to physically view the element while running on models where the lower front access panel can be removed to see if only part of the element is glowing. Sometimes a short to the element housing due to the element coil break can cause the dryer to overheat.
Take a temperature reading at the vent area as it exits the dryer with the venting taken off. On normal or high heat setting it should not greatly exceed 150 degrees F.
Dryer drum not turning
If the drum seems to turn easily it may be a broken belt.
If you hear a loud humming sound it may indicate your motor is seized and needs to be replaced.
Sometimes what appears to be a seized motor is just a broken blower wheel or something jammed into the blower wheel preventing it from turning.
On a few rare models the blower wheel cannot be purchased by itself and only comes in a housing with the motor.
Dryer takes too long to dry
If the venting is bogged down with lint or is bunched up and squished behind the dryer this will slow down the air flow and can cause the dryer to short cycle. Inspect and clean the venting.
Unless your dryer is gas it is okay to test run the dryer without the venting attached. If the dryer seems to work fine without the venting attached then the problem is certainly venting related.
On some models mostly with older Maytag dryers if the blower wheel is damaged the shaft will turn while the blower only turns slowly since the blower wheel is slipping on the shaft. This will certainly cause heating problems as the thermostats short cycle
Intermittent heat problems can also be caused by timers. Contacts going bad in the timer will cause this.
Dryer is noisy
Some models such as Whirlpool and Maytag have drum rollers which can usually be oiled if there is no play between the shaft and the bearing. In other words if there is movement when moved from side to side then the the roller should be replaced and oiled on the shaft.
Other models such as Frigidaire and GE are designed with glides and felts and need to be dismantled to inspect for damage to these parts.
Most units have idler wheels or otherwise referred to as belt tensioners which should be replaced, as oiling this part is often only a temporary fix before it seizes up again or begins to squeak.
Frigidaire models have a shaft and bearing cup which can cause problems and require replacement. The drum would need to be removed and the drum shaft and cup inspected for damage.
A rattle or growling noise when the motor first starts is often indicates that the motor’s days are numbered. Also noisy motor bearings will be a serious indication that the motor is about to go. If a dryer motor is seized or stiff oiling it can buy some more time, but it can be a temporary fix, maybe 2 or 3 years.
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