Model #LER5636JQ0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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have wirlpool elec. dryer won't heat. element seems fine


A dryer is such a handy appliance that saves you a trip of having to go outside and hang the clothes on the line. So I understand why you would want this issue resolved as soon as possible. I have taken some time to research your question here on the Manage My Life website and I noticed that someone else had asked a similar question with a posted response from an expert. I attached the link below for you to view. I hope the link that I provided is helpful. Have a nice day.

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Alina F. -
September 09, 2011

Hi Larry,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life. I know how frustrating it can be when appliances do not function properly.

Several different failures could prevent your dryer from heating. You could have a voltage problem at the outlet, an open thermostat, a failed heating element or a wiring failure that would prevent the dryer from heating. You could also have a blown thermal cut-off fuse, an open high limit thermostat, a timer contact failure or a failed motor centrifugal switch that would cause this problem.

I recommend checking the breakers (or fuses) in your house electrical panel first. The dryer will run if only one of the 120 volt legs of 240 volt power is supplied to the dryer. If the second leg of 120 volt power is missing, then the dryer will not heat.

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

If the outlet voltage is okay, then I recommend unplugging the dryer and checking the wiring connection on the terminal block on the back of the dryer. Check the continuity through the power cord as well. If these checks are all good, then I recommend removing the back panel of the dryer (with it still unplugged) and checking the heating element and other components in the back of the dryer. To check the heating element, pull one wire off of the component and measure the resistance across the leads of the element. You should measure between 7 and 13 ohms of resistance. If the element is open (measures infinite resistance), then it will need to be replaced.

If the heating element is okay, then you can check the operating thermostat, high limit thermostat and the thermal cut-off fuse in a similar manner (measure resistance with the dryer unplugged with one wire removed from the component). Each of these components should measure near zero ohms of resistance (closed). If any component measures open (infinite resistance), then it will need to be replaced.

I hope this is helpful. Check the things I have covered here, and if I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram and for parts purchases; Sears Parts Direct .

Thanks again for using Manage My Life.


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Landell -
Sears Technician
September 11, 2011
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