Model #EL6050VW0 ROPER Residential Dryer

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Why is my electric dryer not working?


If the door switch is working then you could have a blown thermal fuse. Unplug the dryer and remove the back panel to access and check this component. You will find the thermal fuse on the blower housing. It is Key 8 in the image below. To test the thermal fuse, remove one wire and measure the resistance across the leads of the fuse. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity). If you measure infinite resistance (open) then the fuse is blown and it will need to be replaced. You can conduct a short test to make sure that the motor runs after bypassing this fuse. You can bypass it by taping the wires that go to this fuse together (with the dryer still unplugged). Reassemble the dryer and see if the motor runs. If it does the the thermal fuse (part 3392519) will need to be replaced. You can order this part from the Sears PartsDirect website. NOTE: Check the dryer exhaust vent duct system for clogs or restrictions if your thermal fuse was blown. This type of problem could have caused the dryer to overheat and this fuse to blow. If this type of problem is not resolved, the thermal fuse could blow again shortly after replacing it. Also, do not continue to run the dryer with this fuse bypassed. It is an important safety feature that must be replaced.

If the thermal fuse is okay, you could have a wiring failure or a problem with the motor.

The technical information is limited on this older dryer. You may be able to find a wiring diagram or tech sheet in the console of the dryer. If so, this may help you check the wiring or other components that could be preventing the dryer from running. If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 29, 2010

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