Model #WED5510VQ1 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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Dryer not drying WED5510VQ1 Whirlpool 29" electric dryer

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Joseph P. -
May 08, 2013

The dryer will run if only 120 volts AC of power is provided to it instead of the 240 volts. If the second leg of 120 volt power potential is missing from the 240 volt supply, the dryer will not heat. I recommend that you check the house circuit breakers of fuses for the dryer outlet before replacing any parts. If the house circuit breakers are okay, then you may need to carefully check the voltage at the electrical outlet using the procedure shown in this brief video: 


If the outlet voltage is okay, then you can unplug the dryer  and check the resistance through the heating element using a volt/ohm meter. Remove the back panel of he dryer to access that heating element. It should measure between 7 and 13 ohms. If the element is electrically "open" (measures OL -- open load or infinite resistance) then it will need to be replaced.


You can order parts from this page: Whirlpool Dryer Model WED5510VQ1 Repair Parts.  Be sure that you unplug the dryer before accessing internal components and replacing parts.


If that element is okay, then you could have a blown thermal cut-off fuse, a bad operating thermostat, a failed high limit thermostat, a bad timer or a wiring failure in that circuit. I posted a wiring diagram in the image below with the heating circuit traced in red and green. (Green shows the L2 leg of 240 volt power mentioned above). This information may help you determine the cause of your heating failure. You can check the thermal cut-off fuse, the operating thermostat and the high limit thermostat for continuity in the same manner that you checked the heating element. Those components should measure near zero ohms of resistance. If you find a bad component, it will need to be replaced. Note: If that thermal cut-off fuse is blown, then you will normally need to replace the operating thermostat and the high limit thermostat at the same time since those components would have prevented the thermal cut-off fuse from blowing if they were operating properly.


If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.


If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this heating failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services Dryer Repair. 

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Lyle W -
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May 10, 2013
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