If you’ve ever had your dryer break down, you know what a hassle it is to get your clothes dry the old fashioned way. All your clothes wet with no way to dry them can be a nightmare. Use these tips to get your Whirlpool dryer running again without calling us for dryer repair services. Then you can relax with a bottle of wine.
Make sure your Whirlpool dryer is plugged in. Check if the sensors on the panel are lit. Power surges could knock out plugs or lead to more serious breakdowns in the dryer. Check the power outlet with another appliance to make sure power is getting to your dryer. If it doesn’t work, there is something wrong with the power outlet. Any of these could be the reason power is not getting to your dryer. If you have a gas dryer, check the gas supply.
The drive motor makes the dryer’s drum spin and the blower wheel work. A motor breakdown prevents the dryer from starting. If you want your Whirlpool dryer to last more than one year, it’s recommended to load the drum with wet clothes carefully. After all, rotating mechanisms experience a work overload. Try properly allocate the laundry in the dryer; otherwise, overload and imbalance will break the motor, and as a result, the dryer isn’t turning on.
The start switch functionality is easily determined by turning on the dryer. If the dryer makes a low-frequency hum, but it doesn’t start, then the start switch is working, the problem is hidden elsewhere. If the dryer doesn’t make a noise or nothing happens at all, the start switch may be faulty. Use a multimeter to check the start switch for continuity, and if it is broken, replace it.
A thermal fuse is a heat-sensitive fuse that protects the appliance from overheating and is responsible for the normal operation of the heating element, which is a key element in the heating unit. A fuse is installed inside the electrical circuit, so a current constantly passes through it. If the fuse is overheated, or burned out, the integrity of the circuit is broken, electricity doesn’t get to the heating element. But anyway you should find out why the dryer is overheating, because it can happen again. Maybe the vents are blocked or the dryer doesn’t have enough space around it.
If you have determined that all the above details are in order, then the possible reason would be the main control board. It isn’t easy to check whether it works or not by yourself; it can react and show signs of life. The main reason is the failure of the microcontroller, and the control circuit (voltage drop, short circuit, penetration of moisture on the electronic board).
Check if the dryer door is closed tightly. In all modern tumble dryers, before the dryer starts to work, the door switch should trigger (characteristic click). The absence of a click indicates a circuit malfunction, and the door switch must be replaced.