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Question: I have a whirlpool gas dryer that just quit working. When the start button is pushed I can hear a buzzing inside, but nothing happens. I can turn the dryer drum freely with my hand. What’s wrong?
Answer: There may be a problem with your Whirlpool’s gas dryer start switch. Test the gas dryer start switch and replace it if it is faulty. To do this, you will have to locate the start switch on your model. You can use APWagner’.com model search to get diagrams of the inside of your model. Just get the model number off of your gas dryer (find it here) and enter it into the model search. You will then be presented with graphical break-downs of your gas dryer.
Before beginning any work, be sure to unplug your dryer from any power sources and be sure to turn off the gas feed too.
The start switch might be located under the control console panel on top of your dryer. To get to the control panel, you will have to remove the screw(s), trims or end caps located at either end of the control panel.
Label each of the wires (there might be two or three) leading to the start switch so that you will be able to correctly reattach them later. The wires will be connected by metal slip-on connectors. Pull the connectors off of the terminals and not the wires themselves. You may need to use a pair of needle nose pliers to help you loosen the connectors.
Using an ohmmeter or multitester, test your start switch for continuity. This is the setting on the tester that reads ohms and it is usually marked either RX1 or X1. If your meter has alligator clips, connect the ends to theses clips to your probes, otherwise just touch one probe end to each terminal. You should get a reading of infinity. With the probes still in place, press and hold the switch, or push in the switch. The reading should change to zero. Release the switch and it should return to infinity. If you do not get these readings, then you will have to replace the start switch.
Many dryers use what’s called a thermal fuse. This is often mounted within the exhaust duct in the back panel. This fuse is about an inch long, and is usually found within a white plastic housing. Your dryer will not operate if this fuse is defective. You can test this fuse, and if faulty, replace it.
Most fuses have a thin wire that conducts electricity. When fuses blow, it means the wire is broken, they have no continuity and no power will flow through it. When this happens to the thermal fuse, your dryer either doesn’t work at all, or it stops heating. Give your vent and heating system a visual check before you replace this fuse.
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