Model #NED5240TQ0 Amana residential dryer

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Amana Clothes Dryer NED5240TQ0 - The dryer does not start.


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern. If you have replaced the timer without any change, then the failure is likely the motor since the heating element is coming on without the motor running unless the heating element is broken and shorted to ground. The heating requires 220 volts applied to in order to heat. The motor has a centrifugal switch that closes contact 2M to 1M once the motor starts which completes the Line Two (L2) voltage to one lead of the heating element and the timer closes contact BK to R whenever the timer is turned on which completes the Line One (L1) to the other lead of the heating element. Once the heating element is supplied with L1 and L2 voltages, the heating element will come on. So, with the said, the motor is not likely starting because of a motor failure/centrifugal switch failure and possibly a faulty thermal fuse. I added an image below of the wiring diagram.

Now, it would not be abnormal for the heating element to come on at half voltage if the heating element was broken and the element was shorted to the heater housing. This would allow the heater to come on with half voltage 120 volts (L1) when timer contact BK and R closes. So, since the motor is not starting, it could have a faulty thermal fuse, door switch or push to start switch and a shorted heating element. I recommend disconnecting the power cord from the power source and then remove the heating element and inspect it to make sure it's not broken and shorted to ground. Then check the thermal fuse for the not start symptom.

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
February 14, 2011