Model #WED5100VQ1 WHIRLPOOL residential dryer

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What parts do I need to order since my dryer is running but not hearing up?


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The first step in diagnosing the failure will require measuring and verifying the voltage supply. The dryer must have 220 volts in order to heat. If one of the two house circuit breakers dedicated for the dryer has tripped, the dryer will run but it will not heat. Locate the two dedicated house circuit breakers and reset both breakers. If it continues to run and not heat, the voltage supply will need to be measured at the back of the dryer. The voltage must measure 220 volts when measuring across the two outside terminals. NOTE: I do not recommend measuring the voltage supply unless you have experience and feel safe and confident in doing so; otherwise I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your dryer.

In order to know which part has failed will require disconnecting each component in the heating circuit and testing it for continuity with and Ohm meter.

There is a thermal cutoff (key#1), operating thermostat (key#42), high limit (key#34) and heating element (key#14) which can be disconnected and tested for continuity. See image below for the location of these components. To access these components will require removing the rear panel. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before removing the rear panel.

Which ever component test open/no continuity, replace that component. I also added an image of the wiring diagram below to reference.

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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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 12, 2012

Whirlpool dryer will not heat up


I provided a wiring diagram for your dryer in the first image below. The L1 leg of power to the heating element is traced in red. The L2 leg is traced in green. If you did not check thermal cut-off fuse that is on the side of the heater box, then I recommend that you unplug the dryer and check that component for continuity. That may be the fuse that you referred to in your details so you may have already checked it. If all of the components in that heating circuit have continuity, then you could have a wiring failure or a problem with the timer. A bad motor centrifugal switch would also prevent the element from heating. The second image shows some information about the connections on the timer and the motor centrifugal switch. That information may help you check those components if necessary.

You seem to be adept at checking the issues that would prevent the dryer from heating. An intermittent problem is sometimes difficult to diagnose. I hope that this additional information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

If you need parts, you can order them from this page: Whirlpool Dryer WED5100VQ1 Parts . Be sure that you unplug the dryer before accessing and replacing internal components.

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
May 23, 2012

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