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Why Dryers Will Not Dry Clothes or Produce Heat

Electrical Wiring Question from Keith in Illinois: Why is my clothes dryer is turning but not heating and not drying the clothes? How to Find Out Why Dryers Will Not Dry Clothes or Produce Heat.

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Electrical Question: Why is my clothes dryer is turning but not heating and not drying the clothes?

This electrical wiring question came from: Keith, a Homeowner from Wood River, Illinois.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Keith.

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  1. james lovett says:

    I have just recently put a new dryer in our laundry room ,however the room is not attached to the house,so we ran a 220/240 #10 from the laundry room to the house breaker panel which was approx,150ft of wire the dryer runs but now the dryer does not heat. Could it be that the wiring is to long a distance from the main panel to the dryer? Everything else works on it.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      James,
      Troubleshooting an Electric Dryer Problem
      The first thing I would check is the connections to make sure they are correct, because it may be that you do not have both hot legs configured correctly which will prevent the heating elements from working. Yes, the distance may very well be a factor which will also affect the heating elements as well. With a detached laundry room project such as this you may consider installing a sub panel which is sized for the distance and any additional electrical circuits.
      I should point out that because this installation is at a detached building you may be required to install a separate ground rod at the detached building. Consult your local building authority for clarification.
      Dave

  2. floyd says:

    I have a roper by whirlpool. I’ve had it about a year and a half. I went to start it and it wouldn’t start, so I moved the dial to another setting that did not require heat and it started. It will work when it’s on heat. When you put it on a heat setting the dryer will not come on at all.
    Thank you for your time, Floyd

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Floyd,
      Cycle Timer Problem for a Clothes Dryer
      The control cycle timer may need to be replaced because of a possible bad contact. An inspection of the timer components may provide further indication of the condition of the cycle timer control for this specific Whirlpool washer dryer unit.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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