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Have a Cabrio Whirlpool dryer, model #WED6400SW, two years old.  Ran load in dryer and heated up fine.  Went to check if dry, wasn't, added some more time, closed door and pressed start.  Nothing happened - start button kept blinking at me but wouldn't do anything.  It feels like the start button won't compress or “click in” the way the other buttons click.  Everything else has power, lit up fine, can change all other options on dryer without problem.  Even with the power off, the start button doesn’t feel or “click” like the other buttons.  Just can’t get it to start.
 
Checked hose and found a) a small dead mouse and b) a bunch of lint all over the place inside and outside the hose.  Hose wasn't totally blocked but wasn't great either.  There was a hole where the mice or friends of mouse chewed through the stupid vent hose. I just changed this hose last winter for the same reason.  I hate mice. 
 
Anyway, would a problem with the thermal fuse cause the start switch to stop working (like some sort of safety feature that stops the dryer from running at all?)?  I guess I just couldn’t figure out how a blown thermal fuse would make the start button not ‘feel’ the same as the other buttons.  I would like to check the fuse with a volt meter but one of my four children has absconded with my main tool box.  Just wanted to get some feedback from you guys before dredging the pond for my tool box...
 
OH - and it is safe to put a solid steel exhaust hose on a dryer?  It is so freaking hot down here (100 degrees) and the mice, no matter what I do outside, still seem to get in.  Once they get to the flexible metal tubing, they chew through and come in the house.   

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WED6400SW Tech Sheets


Dryer Vent

Vent should be rigid metal.

Short lengths of flexible metal may be OK, if not crimped when moving the Dryer into place.

NO plastic

NO PVC

NO screws

Foil Duct Tape is OK.

With an empty load, Timed Dry, High Heat, the vent temperature should cycle somewhere between 135F and 160F



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you could use a piece of wire to bypass the fuse temporarily if you cant find your meter.



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Have you guys ever heard of the start button actually feeling different though when you try to press it?

Heather

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with dryer off hit more time less time more time less time

all lights should come on and buttons should beep when you press them. does start beep now?

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did that - all lights came on - start does not beep...

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well then i would replace the user interface after making sure all the other components are ok using the tech sheet diagnostic chart.

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K - seems like the problem...checked p5 connection and it was fine...any idea on that part##? can't seem to find it...

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Okay, decided to pull the board off and look under it - the plastic piece that holds the button to press the start control on the board was snapped off. So there is just nothing to push again the control on the board. I wish there was a way to just buy the plastic piece that rests between the panel and the user interface board itself rather than the entire assembly.

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Okay, decided to pull the board off and look under it - the plastic piece that holds the button to press the start control on the board was snapped off. So there is just nothing to push again the control on the board. I wish there was a way to just buy the plastic piece that rests between the panel and the user interface board itself rather than the entire assembly.

Post a pic or two of the broken part. Might be able to suggest a work-around.



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Okay - tell me if you think this is bad...BUT I used a plastics epoxy, a little paintbrush and some tweezers to secure the little plastic piece. Tested and the start button works without any problem. May not work forever but sure is better than buying that whole big part. I'm letting it cure overnight before actually using the dryer. Think that is okay??? Will I burn the house down? Will the inside of my nose ever stop burning from all the epoxy fumes I inhaled???

Thanks so much for all the help today guys -
:-) Heather

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good job. hope it holds



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thanks...and um, if a mushroom cloud appears over Hope Hull, Alabama, no one tell my husband I was gluing parts on our dryer, K?

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