Model #LE5705XPW1 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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The clothes dryer we have heats up, can part of the heating element work but it not heat up as hot as it is suppose to heat up? LE5705XPW1 Whirlpool Residential dryer


Thank you for your inquiry on your Whirlpool Dryer, Model: LE5705XPW1. From reviewing the detail on your model, first, the dryer must be supplied with the proper voltage (220 volts) in order to run and heat. The voltage supply should be checked and confirmed using a voltage meter. The voltage should be checked across the two outside terminals where the power cord is attached to the back of the dryer. The voltage must measure 220-230 volts. If the voltage is correct then there could be one of several possible component failures prevent the heating element of getting the 220 volts needed in order to heat. Note: I do not recommend checking voltages unless you have experience and feel safe and confident in doing so, otherwise I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your dryer. The components connected and wired in series can be disconnected and tested for continuity using an Ohm meter. If any one of the components tests open/no continuity, replace that component and your dryer will likely heat again.

Safety Warning: Before beginning the repair, disconnect the direct power supply to the dryer to prevent the risk of injury or any electrical shock.

If you don’t feel comfortable or confident in this repair, then you can have it repaired at home by a sears technician. I have the included a link to the website: Sears Home Services or call 1-800-469-4663.


I hope this answered your question. Thank you for contacting, and have yourself a wonderful day. 

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Gerry 93 -
Sears Technician
June 17, 2015

whirlpool dryer keeps tripping breaker. Breaker won't turn on at all.


If the breaker trips every time the dryer turns on that would raise concerns about safety and repair. While you wait for the expert to respond for your model, you can check two web sites with more general information about this problem if you like. I attached below. Hope this helps you figure out what may be happening.

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Barbara H. -
October 22, 2010

On the blower housing is a thermal fuse that has two wires and can't be hooked up wrong.

There is also on the blower housing an operating thermostat with thermostat heater. There are 4 wires. Two for the thermostat and two violet wires for the thermostat heater.

The two violet thermostat heater wires are the only ones that might cause a short.

I suggest unplugging the dryer first and trying to reset the circuit breaker. If the breaker can't be reset then the breaker is bad and will have to be replaced.

If you can reset the breaker then one suggestion I have would be to try and plug the dryer in and run an air only cycle with no heat.

Try to get the motor to run by itself. This is the circuit the thermal fuse protects.

If the dryer will run in air only then the problem is with the heater circuit which would have nothing to do with the thermal fuse.

If the breaker trips then the problem is with the motor circuit. You might have a bad motor causing this problem.

I hope this information helps but reply with any additional information for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
October 23, 2010
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Why would my dryer run but not dry?


I'm assuming that the dryer is not heating when you say " won't dry". There can be several different causes of your dryer to run and not produce any heat. First, I recommend locating the 2 designated breakers in the breaker box and flip both of them off and back on 2-3 times and recheck the dryer for heat. If it does not heat it could have a burned out heating element. There are other components that can fail and cause it to not heat.

Here is a list of parts that can keep the dryer from heating:

  • Timer
  • Thermostat
  • Motor switch
  • Hi- Limit thermostat
  • Thermal cutoff
  • Burnt wire connection

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your dryer.

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expert -
Sears Technician
March 02, 2008

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