Model #WGD5540SQ0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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dryer runs,no heat,no glow thru front hole WGD5540SQ0 Whirlpool Residential dryer

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
May 14, 2014
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Gas dryer won't start

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When your dryer does not start it can definitely be disconcerting especially if you have a busy lifestyle and it is what you depend on for drying your clothes. I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your dryer. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. I hope these links provided assist you. Have a wonderful day!

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Alina F. -
December 02, 2011
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That model number that you provided appears to be slightly off. You probably have Whirlpool gas dryer model WGD5540SQ0.

Based on that model, I provided a wiring diagram in the first image below with that motor circuit traced in blue.

You could have a problem with the voltage supply, the timer, the door switch, the drive motor or the wiring in that circuit that would prevent the dryer from starting. There is a slight chance that the start relay is still bad but that scenario is unlikely since you already replaced that component.

If you have not verified that you have a proper supply to the dryer, I recommend that you check that issue first. This dryer appears to have a drum light. Open the dryer door and see if that light turns on. If not, I recommend that you plug a small lamp or appliance into the outlet that you are using for the dryer to see if it is working properly. If that electrical outlet for the dryer has no power, I recommend that you check the house circuit breaker or fuse for the dryer outlet. If the circuit breaker or fuse is okay, then you will probably need to have an electrician fix that outlet. See if the dryer will run when plugged into a different outlet if possible.

If the outlet is good but the drum light won't turn on when you open the door, you could have a bad door switch. That type of component failure may also prevent the dryer from running.

If the drum light does turn on when you open the door, see if it turns off when you press in on the door switch to simulate the door being closed. If that light stays on with the door switch pressed in, then the door switch will need to be replaced. That component is apparently preventing the dryer from running in that scenario.

If the door switch appears to operate okay, then you can unplug the dryer and check it with a volt/ohm meter. The second image shows how to access the door switch. The third image shows how to test that component using a volt/ohm meter. If that door switch is okay, then you may be able to check the continuity through the white and tan wires on that timer when it is set to run in a cycle (with the dryer still unplugged ). The 4th image shows a timer contact chart for that dryer. If you do not measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity) through the timer contact between the tan and white wire when it is set in the middle of a cycle to run, then the timer will need to be replaced.

If you find no problems with the above issues, then you could have a bad drive motor, a timer (timer switch 1 supplies voltage to that circuit) or a wiring failure in that circuit.

You can order parts from the Sears PartsDirect website.

These tips may help you determine the cause of your dryer failure that you can repair it yourself. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

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

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 05, 2011
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Here is the 4th image.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 05, 2011
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