Model #WED8500SR0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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Q:

Why is my dryer running but not drying my clothes?

A:

The model number that you submitted does not appear to be valid. The Whirlpool model number should have letters and numbers such as WED8500SR0. Without a valid model number, I can only offer the following general tips:

  • You indicated that you changed the fuse. If you have house fuses instead of breakers in your electrical panel, then you should have 2 fuses for the dryer. If only one fuse or breaker is good, then the dryer will run on the 120 volts supplied through this leg of 240 volt power. If the second fuse or breaker for the other 120 volt leg of power is missing, then the dryer will not heat. I recommend checking the fuse or breaker box in your home again to make sure that both fuses or breakers for the dryer are okay.
  • If the fuses or breakers are okay, then I recommend verifying that you have proper voltage at the outlet using the guide in the image below. NOTE: You should only check this live voltage if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely take this measurement using a volt/ohm meter.
If the outlet voltage is okay, then you could have a number of different failures in the dryer that would prevent it from heating. Depending on the model, you could have a failed timer, a blown TCO (Thermal Cut-off fuse), an open high limit thermostat, a defective operating thermostat, a failed motor centrifugal switch, a bad heating element or a wiring failure between components in the heating circuit. To provide technical advice and troubleshooting on these types of failures, I would need the valid model number of your dryer.

If you need more help, I recommend resubmitting your question with additional details and the full model number of your dryer.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
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its a Kenmore gas dryer model 110 72822100

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steve gray -
September 23, 2011
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Q:

Why won't my Whirlpool electric dryer start?

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Since you heard the click of the relay when start was pushed, the door switch is likely OK. It will triple beep because it was already programmed and start had already been pushed. The triple beep is normal to hear under those circumstances. The switch that turns the light ON and OFF is the one and only door switch.

I added an image with the wiring diagram for your specific model dryer.

The likely failure is one of the following components:

  1. an open thermal fuse
  2. an open belt switch or a broken belt
  3. a door switch failure when under a load.

The door switch still could be the cause of it not starting, to by pass the door switch for testing purposes only, jump the white and tan wire together. Now, sometimes the control board will need to see the door switch open between cycles too. Just for your information.

With the information and wiring diagram plus your electrical experience with a volt/ohm meter you should be able to find the failure.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
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The expert answer worked GREAT! The problem was a thermister. The bad thermister tested open with an ohm meter. I then shorted the terminals for a VERY QUICK test and the dryer started. The tough part was finding it. I opened the bottom front panel. The thermister was attached to the dryer vent. It must open up with excessive heat and / or current to the motor. I purchased an extra part in case it goes again. The original thermister lasted 1.5 years. See the attached photos that may help the next person find the thermister. One more point.... When I opened the bottom front cover of the dryer, there was a troubleshooting sheet for the repairman. This would be helpful with error codes and ways to put the dryer into troubleshooting modes. The entire process took some time, posted my question, ordered the part, and repair. But I am presently in between jobs, so I really needed to save the CASH. Thanks for all your help, Rick

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Rick_in_CT -
February 05, 2009
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