Model #NJLR473ET0WB HOTPOINT Residential Dryer

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Why is my Hotpoint dryer not heating?


A number of different failures could prevent your dryer from heating. I recommend checking the electrical breakers 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, the dryer will not heat. If the breakers are okay then you would need a service technician to diagnose and repair this heating failure.

You could have a failure in the heating element. You could also have a high limit thermostat failure, a problem with the operating thermostats, a timer failure a motor centrifugal switch failure or a wiring failure between components. A technician would need to properly diagnose the failed component to prevent you from buying and replacing unnecessary parts. A service call would cost about $150 for repairing the dryer. If you have a bad heating element, that part would cost another $100 or more. Unless you have a tripped breaker, I recommend that you seriously consider replacing the dryer.

If you decide to repair the dryer, here is a link for the Sears Service website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
March 22, 2010

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