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rachelp 09-22-2006 12:57 PM

dryer help please
Hi all,

my hubby is having a problem with our dryer. the dryer will turn on and spin but no heat will come out. this is the case with 3 dryers we tried , they will produce heat at others homes but not ours.

we have bought a new plug,breaker , tested a lightbulb,switched the wires. no heat help please . it is 30 amp or 220 outlet. ty rachel

petey_racer 09-22-2006 02:12 PM

It sounds like half of the circuit is out. Did you try to turn the breaker all the way off and then back on again?

rachelp 09-22-2006 04:54 PM

yes we tried that we also had the electric co check the box outside and the power is working

petey_racer 09-22-2006 05:54 PM

Either the breaker is bad, or a connection at the receptacle is.
Other than a fault insude the cable (highly unlikely) there is nothing else it can be.

glennjanie 09-23-2006 11:15 AM

Hello Rachelp:
If your husband has a voltmeter, he can probe the receptacle and test for voltage on each line. A 220volt receptacle requires two 115 power wires coming from opposite sides of the buss bar in the panel. First, check for 220 at the panel, then at the receptacle, then check the connection inside the dryer where the cord is attached. When checking the two legs of power, go from the power wire to the ground, then between the 2 power wires. If you are using cartridge fuses it is best to pull them out and use an ohm meter from end to end because they will allow a feedback voltage even on the dead side.
It sounds like the dryer heating element isn't the problem since they work in other houses. Let us know how it turns out!

inspectorD 09-26-2006 06:01 AM

Did anyone check to see if the vent is clogged?
The dryer will not dry if this happens.sensors will shut the element down so you do not start a fire.:eek:

Square Eye 09-26-2006 11:30 AM

InspectorD, that same switch that's supposed to protect from overheating failed on a dryer I had, shut off the heat and left me with a dryer that would spin, blow a lot of cold air and seemingly never dry my clothes.

The most common 2 problems have been covered, one hot wire not hot at all, clogged vent.. The thermal cutoff switch and the heating element are the next to check on my list. Then the main control switch, the temp control switch.. You need a meter, or a repair guy to look and see what's wrong if you have good power and no clogs. The thermal switches are mounted directly on the heating element housing. If you do the repair yourself, take the time to clean the air ducts and the louvers, your dryer will appreciate it.

sholleran 01-13-2008 09:21 PM

Rachelp -

I'm pretty impressed you're moving clothes dryers around to test circuits. Electricians just use those little meter thingies. (Wink - couldn't resist)

Obviously if you tried multiple dryers it is the circuit, not a vent or switch issue.

travelover 01-14-2008 05:28 AM

Ummmm .... check the date. Some of these posts are pretty old.

ToolGuy 01-14-2008 06:52 AM


Originally Posted by travelover (Post 14293)
Ummmm .... check the date. Some of these posts are pretty old.

Still, others may be having the same issues, so I'm gonna add my two cents worth. :p

If the dryer works at other peoples houses and if it's not the electrical, then the vent is clogged. Plain and simple. ;)

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