When you are in the middle of washing your clothes with Whirlpool washing machine but you find out that your clothes keep wet even though you really remember that you put them in the dryer before, you might be panic and do not know what is currently happening and what to do.
There are a few possible reasons why your Whirlpool dryer is not heating up. Some of these possible reasons include:
Heating element is burnt out
A heating element is important for the electric dryers to heat the air that is inside the drum. The element may be placed differently, according to the model that you have. It may be located inside a house that heats air as it passes through the blower. Aside from that, it might be placed behind the drum, and heats air whole inside the drum.
Over the time, it is possible for the heating element to burn out, resulting in the Whirlpool dryer to stop heating. In this kind of case, it will be needed for you to find the element and test it for continuity. Determin9ng if the element is burned can also be done by simply finding it and then checking if any of the wires are detached or broken. However, the most effective is the continuity test, the one that is explained before. If you see that there are wires that are broken on the element, or if the continuity is nowhere to be seen, then the best thing that you can do is to replace the part.
Thermal cut off fuse (heater assembly) is blown
The thermal cutoff fuse is in charge of controlling the heating element of the dryer. So, it is not surprising when the fuse is blown the Whirlpool dryer will not heat up. If it is the reason why your Whirlpool dryer not heating up, even though it looks perfectly fine, then you will have to replace that part. In order to do it, here is step by step to follow:
- The first thing that you need to do is to disconnect the power to the dryer.
- Then, remove the dryer vent.
- Do not forget to pull the dryer away from the wall to make it easier for you to access the back of the machine.
- After that, remove every screw holding the rear panel in place.
- In the next step, find the fuse on the blower housing.
- After locating the fuse, it is time for you to remove the two wire terminals and the screw holding the fuse in place.
- The seventh step is to pull the old fuse out and the replace it with the new part.
- Lastly, put the wire terminals back in the same place and then reinstall the rear access panel.
For those with a Whirlpool gas dryer, you are encouraged to make sure the gas is turned on and connected properly.
Blocked lint screen
If you are in the situation when your Whirlpool dryer is still heating but it is doing slowly and really doing a poor job of drying your clothes, the best thing that you can try is to clean out the lint screen. the blocked up lint screen can case the moisture in the air stays in the dryer drum longer, resulting in the dryer to take longer to dry your clothes. Apart from that, it has been known that a blocked up lint screen is able to cause the lint to block the other parts of the dryer. It is the reason why making sure to empty it regularly is important.
- Firstly, you should take out the lint screen and wash it in the sink. You can use soap and warm water to wash it.
- Once you are done washing it, while the screen is drying, use a vacuum attachment in order to get into the slot the lint screen goes into.
- The last thing that you have to do is to put the lint screen back.
Power supply issue
It is possible for you to get an incoming power problem if your Whirlpool dryer is tumbling but it is not heating. Apparently, the electric ones require 240 Volt to operate. It is stated that this voltage comes in the form of two 120V AC legs. It is not surprising for only one breaker or fuse to trip, causing the dryer to tumble but not heat.
If it is the case, first of all, you will have to go to your circuit breaker of fuse box in order to find the potential issues. A multi-meter is able to be used to check the circuit breaker and the fuse box. Besides, you can also use the meter to be able to test the voltage coming from the outlet. It is a must for you to know what you are doing when dealing with the electrical wiring as if you do not have at least a basic knowledge, it is risky.
If the continuity is nowhere to be seen and you think that there is something wrong with your fuse box or circuit breakers, it is better for you to hire an electric, the one who can help you to repair the issue.
If you do not think that one of the reasons above is the cause that makes your Whirlpool dryer not heating up, a fault with the following parts may also be the reason why your Whirlpool dryer not heat well. These parts include cycling thermostat, high limit thermostat, igniter gas dryers), flame sensor (gas dryers), and timer. Make sure to test each part by using a multimeter and then replace it if needed. Do not forget to disconnect the dryer from the power source and then turn off the gas before accessing the parts. If no one mentioned above is the reason that results in your Whirlpool dryer to not heating up, you are suggested to see an expert to help you with your issue.
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