Model #ALE443RAW AMANA Residential Dryer

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Q:

Why causes my dryer to not heat up?

A:

A Dryer is definitely something we depend on and when it begins to malfunction it can be a huge inconvenience. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Priscilla V -
November 23, 2011
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The first issue that I recommend checking is your house circuit breakers or fuses for the dryer outlet. Here is a brief video that covers that issue: Video: Dryer Won't Heat . That basic troubleshooting step should no be overlooked.

If the house circuit breakers or fuses for the dryer are okay, I recommend that you carefully check the voltage at the outlet using a volt/ohm meter. The first image below shows the voltage that should be measured at that dryer outlet. NOTE: You should only check this live outlet voltage if you completely confident in your technical ability to safely measure it. Wear proper safety equipment (insulated rubber electrical safety gloves and protective goggles) when making this voltage check . If you are not comfortable with checking that live voltage, I recommend that you skip this step or have a technician check it if necessary. Here is a link for the Sears Service website in case you need it: Sears Home Services .

If the voltage supply to the dryer is good, you could have a wiring failure in the circuit or a failed component. The second image shows that heating circuit. The L1 leg of power is trace in red and the L2 circuit is traced in green. The most suspect component in that circuit is your thermal fuse (Key 4 on the third image). I recommend that you unplug the dryer and check that component first. Here is a link for a brief repair video that shows how to test that thermal fuse: Video: Thermal Fuse Testing . If that fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced. You can order that part from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number for that fuse is 40113801. Here is a direct link for that part: Thermal Fuse . Be sure that you unplug the dryer to disconnect electrical power before accessing internal components and replacing that fuse. NOTE: If that thermal fuse was blown, be sure that you check the exhaust vent duct system to the outside of your home for a restriction as shown in that video. Also, stopping the dryer in the middle of a heated cycle can cause that thermal fuse to blow. Run the dryer without heat for a few minutes before opening the door to stop the dryer in the middle of a cycle to help prevent that type of problem.

If the thermal fuse is okay, you could have a wiring failure or another component in that heater circuit that has failed. You may be able to use that wiring diagram and the access information in the 4th image to check more components. Be sure that you unplug the dryer before accessing internal components. If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 26, 2011
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Here is the 4th image.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 26, 2011
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Q:

Where can I find a manual for my Amana dryer model ALE443RAW?

A:

I provided a link below for the owner's manual on your Amana dryer.

Since the dryer is not heating, I recommend checking the electrical breakers. The dryer will run if only one 120 volt leg of the 240 volt power is supplied. If the second 120 volt leg is missing, then the dryer will not heat.

If the breakers are okay, you can check the outlet using the diagram in the image below. NOTE: You should only check this live outlet voltage if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely measure this voltage with a volt/ohm meter.

If the outlet is okay, you could have a blown thermal fuse this is preventing the dryer from heating. You could also have a bad heater element, a selector switch failure, a timer problem or a wiring failure between components. A bad centrifugal switch on the motor could also prevent the dryer from heating.

If you need more help with this problem, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician

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