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Why is my dryer running but not drying my clothes?

I have a Whirlpool electric dryer model 8533852. When I turn on the dryer, it runs but does not heat. It can take two hours to dry a single load. I changed the fuse and cleaned the lint-screen but that didn't help at all. What do you recommend?

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Lyle W
The model number that you submitted does not appear to be valid. The Whirlpool model number should have letters and numbers such as WED8500SR0. Without a valid model number, I can only offer the following general tips:

You indicated that you changed the fuse. If you have house fuses instead of breakers in your electrical panel, then you should have 2 fuses for the dryer. If only one fuse or breaker is good, then the dryer will run on the 120 volts supplied through this leg of 240 volt power. If the second fuse or breaker for the other 120 volt leg of power is missing, then the dryer will not heat. I recommend checking the fuse or breaker box in your home again to make sure that both fuses or breakers for the dryer are okay.

If the fuses or breakers are okay, then I recommend verifying that you have proper voltage at the outlet using the guide in the image below. NOTE: You should only check this live voltage if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely take this measurement using a volt/ohm meter.

If the outlet voltage is okay, then you could have a number of different failures in the dryer that would prevent it from heating. Depending on the model, you could have a failed timer, a blown TCO (Thermal Cut-off fuse), an open high limit thermostat, a defective operating thermostat, a failed motor centrifugal switch, a bad heating element or a wiring failure between components in the heating circuit. To provide technical advice and troubleshooting on these types of failures, I would need the valid model number of your dryer.

If you need more help, I recommend resubmitting your question with additional details and the full model number of your dryer.
by Lyle W Earned 2,953 community points in Washers
December 18th, 2008
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