Model #LER7646EQ0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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I have a LER7646EQ0 Whirlpool dryer that runs but won't heat LER7646EQ0 Whirlpool Dryer


Hello glad to help.  Thank You for choosing Sears
I am sorry and do understand your frustration when the dryer isn't heating at all. 

Glad to help out.   Im  looking at your Whirlpool model number LER7646EQ0.
 In helping with your dryer.  The first thing to let everyone know is that they must first check there lint screen.  Pull it out and make sure the vent the screen goes into is not plugged.   Next check the vent area where it goes outside the house.   A dryer has to have a free movement of air to prevent heating problems and fire hazzards.

Looking at your electrical dryer you can check all the possiblities that I will give you when it comes to no heat.

1st item to look at is the heating element itself.

2nd item is the  thermal cut-off thermostats which comes as a pair and is installed on the side of the heating element.

3rd item to check and always check this even if the other items are bad.  That is the thermal fuse just attached to the blower.

All of these items have a cause and affect when it comes to the dryer heating problems.
 If you have further questions please let me know.
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Larry L -
Sears Technician
October 15, 2013

Whirlpool dryer LER7646EQ0 shuts off completely and then restarts later.


The clothes can sure pile up in a hurry during the holidays. I'm really sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Whirlpool Dryer. I did some research for you at Managemylife and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices. I hope these links provided assist you.

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James -
December 20, 2011

The motor circuit for this dryer is traced in blue on the wiring diagram in the first image below. You are correct that the thermal fuse (Key #7) would not be causing this failure since it is not resettable. Key #8 is the operating thermostat for the heating element. It is not in the motor circuit. It will not cause this failure. Based on your description, your likely failure is the dryer motor. That motor has an overload switch that will open if the motor overheats. It will reset after the motor cools back down. The start relay on this dryer will stay closed so that the dryer motor will restart after it cools down. You indicated that you heard squeaking noises and suspected a belt problem. Excessive friction in the drive components could cause the motor to overheat. I recommend that you unplug the dryer and open the cabinet to check the belt and the other components. The second image below shows how to open that cabinet. Here is a link for a repair video that also shows that process (and how to replace the drive motor): Dryer Drive Motor Replacement . This information may help you fix this dryer problem. If you need parts, you can order them from the Sears PartsDirect website. Be sure that you unplug the dryer before accessing internal components.

If you find no problems with the motor or the drive system, there is a chance that you have a problem with that timer since the neutral circuit runs through that component. Reply with additional details if you need more help.

If you get to a point where you need to have a service technician repair the dryer, you can schedule one through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 21, 2011
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Will a bad fuse stop my dryer from starting?


There could be one of several possible failures preventing your dryer from starting:

  1. Voltage supply (tripped circuit breaker)
  2. Failed door switch
  3. Failed timer
  4. Loose or burnt wire connection
  5. Failed thermal fuse
  6. Failed motor

I added an image of the wiring diagram so that you can see the components wired in series with the motor circuit.

There is no way of me knowing which one of the above has failed without using a volt/ohm meter and testing components and checking voltages. Your dryer is likely worth repairing.

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

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 27, 2009

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