Dryer would not start

ApplianceFrigidaire Dryer

Modelfse447ghs0

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Stephen From Austin, TX

Oct 15, 2010

53 out of 54 people found this instruction helpful

I found a electrical diagram and some common problems on some websites which led me to check the thermal limiters. There are two right up top near the back of the dryer - one mounted closer to the heating coils and one mounted directly to the sheet metal on the inside back of the dryer. Using an DMM on the "Ohms" setting, I checked each sensor to make sure that they were "closed" (near zero ohms). Sure enough, the sensor mounted on the back of the enclosure was open (high resistance) which prevented the dryer from starting. To confirm, I shorted the two leads going to the sensor together temporarily and wrapped them with electrical tape and then tested the dryer - it worked perfectly. The part from Part Select was ordered and shipped very quickly. Since the sheet metal screws holding the sensor on were difficult to access with the drum in place, I used small machine screws/nuts to fasten the sensor - this allowed me to tighten the nuts from the outside of the dryer, making it very easy to attach.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Thermal Limiter - Limit 220

Part Number: PS419402

$8.21
In Stock