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I've found this wonderful article:

How to Troubleshoot a Gas Dryer with No Heat:
http://fixitnow.com/wp/2004/11/13/mailbag-how-to-troubleshoot-a-gas-dryer-with-no-heat/

Which tells me:

Always endeavor to use the exact diagram that came with your dryer.)

I'd love to, but I can't find it. (Ironically, I have the manuals and receipts for every other appliance in my home, and even a few I no longer own!)

Do I really need that schematic?



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Here is your wiring sheet....  No heat....is the igniter even cycling on and off??



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If the igniter is not even coming on suspect an open thermofuse located on the vent housing, this would kill the whole heat circuit if it is bad....



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If the igniter is not even coming on suspect an open thermofuse located on the vent housing…

I pulled the thermal fuse and tested it with my meter.

No continuity!

So I think you "pegged" it! ;)

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Cool, now have to "peg" what caused it, most likely blocked air flow from the dryer to the outside...something caused overheating in the vent housing, either blocked air flow or a flakey cycling thermostat, if the vent is clear replace the thermostat by the fuse also....;)



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Pegi wrote:
Cool, now have to "peg" what caused it, most likely blocked air flow from the dryer to the outside...something caused overheating in the vent housing, either blocked air flow or a flakey cycling thermostat, if the vent is clear replace the thermostat by the fuse also....;)

I cleaned out the vent a few months ago; I double-checked, and it's still nice & clean.

So I've ordered:
    Thermal fuse
    Dryer cycling thermostat with internal bias heater, L155-25
BTW, on the schematic you sent me, it shows a red & a blue wire on the thermal fuse. On my dryer, it's two blue wires. I hope that's not important.

I can't even find the cycling thermostat on the schematic. On the dryer, it has two violet wires, 1 blue, and 1 red/white.

I do see something called "operating thermostat" on the schematic, and something else called "thermostat heater." Are those two things combined into the 2nd part on my list above?



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Yes the cycling (operating) thermostat will have the heater piggy-backed on top of it , that is for low heat so the thermostat will shut off at a lower temperature



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http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=2893&PPStack=1



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All the thermo fuse's I have seen had two blue wires to it also, different models use different colors looks like, but that fuse is still a fuse...;)



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Pegi wrote: Cool, now have to "peg" what caused it, most likely blocked air flow from the dryer to the outside...something caused overheating in the vent housing, either blocked air flow or a flakey cycling thermostat, if the vent is clear replace the thermostat by the fuse also....;)
I like that Pegi!!!
Cause and effect.  Otherwise, reoccurrence.

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Thanks....if there is a reason something goes kapootie is best to have them check for it.  Whirlpool says if that thermofuse opens to replace that cycling thermostat also since the heat in that vent pipe had to get above the rating on the thermostat so it must not have tripped the heat off before the fuse blew.....makes sense.



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Pegi wrote:
http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=2893&PPStack=1

That's what I ordered.

I sure appreciate all the help you've given me!

I've been unemployed for 7 months now, and money is very tight. So learning to do my own appliance repair is a necessity.

You've done a great favor for me and my family.

We do a lot of laundry. As you can probably guess from this photo:



G-d Bless You!



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Oh my!  How beautiful!  Red hair like mine   lol   You are welcome and have a real good New Years....



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Pegi:

I ordered those parts on Sunday. The cycling thermostat came Tuesday, but the Thermal fuse still hasn't arrived, and my wife is getting, uh, anxious.

(Not without justification -- remember, we have triplets in diapers!)

As a temporary measure, I've been thinking about shorting the two wires that are supposed to connect to the fuse. Yes, I know that means I'm without the protection the fuse provides, but I'm more scared of my wife than of bypassing the fuse.

But if you tell me it's a really bad idea, I won't do it.

On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being "slightly stupid," and 10 being "stupidest idea you ever heard," how would you rate my plan to bypass the thermal fuse?



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If you are sure the venting from the dryer is good and clear and the dryer is not used at all unless someone is home there with the dryer when it is being used I would rate it at a ....1....will just be for a day or two I would imagine.  Just use common sense and be sure the air flow is not blocked and be sure an adult is there close around the dryer area and not asleep or something, I would do this if it was my dryer as a temporary situation.....however I am not to be held liable nor this forum if something happens...;)



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Pegi:

I did end up temporary bypassing the missing fuse, but just for a few days until the part came. Then I fixed it properly.

It's been almost two years, and I realized I never came back to post a thank you.

Thank you!

You helped me identify the problem, and told me everything necessary to fix it.

You saved me a lot of money, and even helped reduce some stress in my marriage. Maybe you should add 'marriage counselor' to your resume?



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steveklein wrote: ... We do a lot of laundry. As you can probably guess from this photo ...
:)  :)  :)

 

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

Check / clean the Dryer Vent

Disconnect the Dryer Vent and check for good air-flow there and where it exits the house.

Check the Vent air temperature at the back of the Dryer.

If you have a Harbor Freight Store near you,

click on picture $ 4.99  sometimes on sale for $ 2.99


 

something to think about ...

If you have the room for (2) Washers and (2) Dryers (used or whatever)

If one breaks down, you'll never be without a machine while waiting for parts and repairs.

Also, with (2) sets, each one will last twice as long ..

or maybe at least just (2) Dryers (at first) since it usually takes longer to Dry than to Wash.



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Too funny...""Maybe you should add 'marriage counselor' to your resume?"" Na, just common sense....You are most welcome, hoping your family are all doing well and you have found employment buy now? Thanks for the note, it made my day...Pegi



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Pegi,

I decided to return to college and get my bachelor's degree.  I'm 45, and there are lots of us "old-timers" back in school.  (I'm in Michigan, where the economy is worse than probably any other state.)

My wife is working part time, and that combined with my freelance computer consulting is keeping us above water.  I have about 1.5 years until I get my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.



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