Model #LER8648PW0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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dryer size LER8648PW0 Whirlpool Residential dryer


Whirlpool LER8648PW0 troubleshooting


From the description you give I suspect you may have a couple of problems.

The dryer doesn't turn then the element can't come on. If the motor turns then the blower should push air out the exhaust.

If there is no air out the exhaust then the thermal fuse will open and the motor will not be able to run. If the motor doesn't run then most likely the thermal fuse is open.

I'd suggest checking the thermal fuse first if the dryer will not run. The thermal fuse can be check for continuity with a meter or the thermal fuse can be bypassed to check if you don't have access to a meter.

The belt switch would be the other reason the dryer might not run. If the belt switch is open the motor will not run at all.

A little more detail would be helpful in resolving this problem.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
June 04, 2010

Thanks for the advice. I found the thermal fuse and bypassed it. That got the dryer working again. I went to the hardware store and got a new one, but only 40 minutes after I put it in and started a load the dryer stopped working again. I wondered if it had something to do with the heating element blowing the fuse, so after some investigation I found out why the element was coming on when the timer came on. I pulled out the heating element and turned the timer on, and the element did not turn on. However, when I put the element back in it's casing the entire thing sparked and the element came on. This leads me to believe that the element casing is being charged somehow. I do not know from what though. I would love some insight.

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jacksparrow123 -
June 09, 2010
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What would cause my Whirlpool dryer model ler8648pw0 to run but not heat?


I couldn't say with any certainty why your dryer won't heat up. There could be one out of several different possible failures preventing your dryer from heating. In order to diagnose the failure a volt/ohm meter will be needed to verify voltage and to test the components for continuity.

Possible failures:

  • Voltage supply- Locate both breakers in your house breaker box dedicated for the dryer and flip both breakers OFF and ON 2-3 times and recheck dryer for heat.
  • Timer- Timer switch 2, BK to Red must close
  • The thermal cut-off could be bad
  • The operating thermostat
  • The High limit thermostat
  • Heating element
  • Motor centrifugal switch not closing 2M to 1M
  • Burnt wire

I added a wiring diagram and an image of the back of the dryer below showing the components. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before removing the rear dryer panel.

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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Mark T Personal Solutions Manager -
Sears Technician
January 24, 2010

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