Model #WED5820SW0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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My dryer runs but there is no heat to dry the clothes. WED5820SW0 Whirlpool Residential dryer

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Henry -
July 18, 2013
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Hello glad to help.  Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com

I am sorry and do understand your frustration when  your dryer is not heating.

There are a few things to check.  First thing to always check for is making sure the lint screen area is cleaned and so the air can move freely.   Also check your vents going out of the house.   The heating parts in the dyrer to check (run a meter to and check for the continuity going in and out).   Key number 17 the heating element, Key number 9 and 15 the thermal cut-off switch, key number 8 the thermostat.   Check all of those and I am sending you the link to show you the parts.  Just click on it please.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Whirlpool-Parts/Dryer-Parts/Model-WED5820SW0/1198/0151200/W0607260/00003?blt=06&prst=0&shdMod=WED5820SW0

If you have further questions please let me know.
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Larry L -
Sears Technician
July 18, 2013
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Why did my Whirlpool dryer stop working?

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Good morning.... I can understand your confusion. Where you doing a lot of loads? I wonder if the unit has gotten too hot... When you threw the breaker did you wait at least 10 minutes? Did you try restarting it after it cooled? Your theory is an excellent educated guess but I'm thinking more in the line of a thermal fuse. The link I've provided below will discuss this possibility in further detail. Review the data and keep in mind that an expert will be responding within the next two business days if not sooner. I hope this information helps resolve your problem and have a nice day.

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Henry -
December 06, 2012
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Check to see if the drum light turns on when you open the dryer door. If not, then you may have a voltage supply problem. Check the house circuit breakers for the dryer. If you find no problems there, then you can carefully check the voltage at the dryer electrical outlet as shown in this brief video: Video: Perform a Voltage Check on a 240 Volt Outlet .

If the electrical outlet is okay, you could have a problem with the start relay. A blown thermal fuse would also prevent the dryer from starting. I posted a wiring diagram for your dryer in the first image below with the motor circuit traced in blue.

Since Henry posted a link for a previous answer that shows how to access and check that thermal fuse, I recommend that you unplug the dryer and check that issue first. If that thermal fuse is blown, then it will need to be replaced. You will also need to check the exhaust vent duct path to the outside of your home for a clog or restriction if that thermal fuse was blown. An unresolved restriction in that exhaust air path could cause the thermal fuse to blow again shortly after replacing it.

If that thermal fuse is okay, I recommend that you unplug the dryer and check the door switch next. You can use the diagram shown in the first image to guide you in checking that switch. With the switch closed, you should measure continuity through the prongs that connect to the light blue and white wires. If that door switch is bad, then it will need to be replaced. You can access the door switch as shown in the second image below.

If the door switch is okay, then you check the start relay. To open the console, remove the screws on the back side of each end cap of the console. You can then release the spring clip under each end cap using a putty knife. The third image shows a parts diagram of that console. You will need to check the voltage out of that relay using the wiring diagram in the first image as a guide. Use extreme caution when checking that live voltage. Unplug the dryer before accessing internal components. Plug the dryer in briefly to conduct the live voltage check. Wear electrical safety gloves and safety goggles during that test. Unplug the dryer as soon as live testing is completed . If that start relay is bad, then it will need to be replaced.

If that start relay is okay, then you could have a problem with the motor, the wiring in that circuit or the timer. Reply with additional details if you need more help diagnosing this failure.

You can order parts from this page: Whirlpool Dryer Model WED5820SW0 Parts . Be sure that you unplug the dryer before accessing internal components and replacing parts.

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

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 07, 2012
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Electric Dryer won't run

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Having a Dryer not working properly can get very frustrating at times especially when doing everything possible to the Dryer. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I was searching the Manage My Life website and found some similar questions like yours. You can also visit Sears Home Services website to set service with a Sears technician. I have attached the links below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
June 07, 2011
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Based on your symptom and details the thermal fuse is likely faulty. This can happen if there is a venting issue or if the dryer over heats.

The thermal fuse can be accessed from the rear of the dryer. Disconnect the power cord from the power source before removing the back panel.

The thermal fuse is mounted on the blower housing and it will have two light blue wires connected to it. You can test the thermal fuse for continuity using an ohm meter. Disconnect the two wires from the thermal fuse before testing the thermal fuse for continuity. I added a YouTube showing how to test and how to access and replace the thermal fuse.

The thermal fuse is part #3392519 and is available at Sears PartsDirect

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 08, 2011
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That was it!! Bought and replaced the thermal fuse and I'm back in business. Thanks for your help.

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Tim -
June 08, 2011
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Tim: GREAT NEWS. Good job Tim.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 08, 2011
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You're the best!! Going to tell both my sons-in-law about this site.

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Tim -
June 08, 2011
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