would not start

ApplianceWhirlpool Dryer


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Socket set

Timothy From Tulsa, OK

Feb 02, 2011

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The repair itself was easy however testing the components was not easy. I first just guessed and replaced the start switch. when that did not work I did some more research and bought a multimeter. I did not buy a meter that tested for continuity so I did more research and found that if I set it on ohms and if the meter went to 0 the component is good if it went to anything else the component is bad. Any way I bought the thermal fuse and the thermostat kit. the part for the fuse was correct but only 1 thermostat in the kit I bought was correct. as soon as I put the fuse in the dryer immiediately started.I know it is reccommended to replace the thermostat too even if it reads good because it could be going bad but I left the old one in because even after opening the door with the timer on the heating element would stay on with the new thermostat so I was aprehensive about leaving the new one in and took it out and put the old one back. well two days later the dryer would not start again. I have tested all of the thermostats and they are all good except the one so I replaced it with one I got in the kit and had to order a new thermal fuse. I am hopping that I will get it right this time. I am into this repair about 80 dollars 1 new start switch I did not need 10$. the thermostat kit 20$ and I only used 1 out of the 2 because the second one is not compatible. 2 thermal fuses now 20$ A multimeter 20$. plus shipping costs. I still feel like I have saved 75 to 100 dollars and now I know more about how to repair a dryer. I think that once I get the new fuse It will start. I hope this helps all of those out there trying to save a dollar. I recommend buying a multimeter that tests for continuity so that you can test all of the components with ease. It is hard to be sure about what you are testing and trust what yourself after reading the information on line. If I had to do this over again I would have just bought the 1 thermostat I needed and the fuse and trusted that I really needed to replace that stat because putting that dryer vent back on is going to worse than the repair. Good luck to all.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Thermal Cut-Off Kit

Part Number: PS334299

In Stock

Thermal Fuse

Part Number: PS345113

In Stock