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    Clothes Dryer Problem

    Hey everyone. Anyone out there know much about washers and dryers? Our 6 year old Whirlpool Duet just quit putting out heat. It still spins, but no heat. Decided to have someone come out to look at it. They said they checked the fuse, heating element, etc., but apparently the problem is that the motor isn't putting out enough voltage for it to heat. Therefore, I apparently have to replace the motor, which they have estimated will cost $300 to replace (parts and labor). Anyone have any advice or comments on this? I'm trying to decide whether its worth it or whether I should just buy a new one. I've already spent $75 for them to look at it and they said they'd put that towards the total bill if we have them fix it. I assume I'd probably spend $800 or 900 to replace it with something similar. I'm just ticked it only lasted 6 years.



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff0514 View Post
    Hey everyone. Anyone out there know much about washers and dryers? Our 6 year old Whirlpool Duet just quit putting out heat. It still spins, but no heat. Decided to have someone come out to look at it. They said they checked the fuse, heating element, etc., but apparently the problem is that the motor isn't putting out enough voltage for it to heat. Therefore, I apparently have to replace the motor, which they have estimated will cost $300 to replace (parts and labor). Anyone have any advice or comments on this? I'm trying to decide whether its worth it or whether I should just buy a new one. I've already spent $75 for them to look at it and they said they'd put that towards the total bill if we have them fix it. I assume I'd probably spend $800 or 900 to replace it with something similar. I'm just ticked it only lasted 6 years.
    For that kind of cash, I'd see if I could find a good used one somewhere. I bought a used one that someone had traded in and the store had done some routine maintenance on. I got it for $200 and it looked brand new. The people who owned it apparently moved into a house that already had a washer/dryer and they didn't need it anymore. I've already had this one for 5 years, so it was well worth the $200. Some of these small appliance dealers (not the big box stores) usually have used appliances for sale.



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    I just had a similar problem with a 5 year old Amana. My problem ended up being a Thermistor, 35 bucks later I was running. If your handy and have a multimeter, ohm out all your thermostats, & safety switches between motor and heating element. All should have no resistance & heating element should have about 10 ohms resistance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff0514 View Post
    Hey everyone. Anyone out there know much about washers and dryers? Our 6 year old Whirlpool Duet just quit putting out heat. It still spins, but no heat. Decided to have someone come out to look at it. They said they checked the fuse, heating element, etc., but apparently the problem is that the motor isn't putting out enough voltage for it to heat. Therefore, I apparently have to replace the motor, which they have estimated will cost $300 to replace (parts and labor). Anyone have any advice or comments on this? I'm trying to decide whether its worth it or whether I should just buy a new one. I've already spent $75 for them to look at it and they said they'd put that towards the total bill if we have them fix it. I assume I'd probably spend $800 or 900 to replace it with something similar. I'm just ticked it only lasted 6 years.
    I would call someone else. I not sure what motor they are talking about. You have a motor to make it spin. You have a heating element to make it heat. I just don't think it a motor.



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    They claimed that the motor put out enough voltage to make it spin, just not enough to heat. Unfortunately, I wasn't home and had to talk to them over the phone.



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff0514 View Post
    They claimed that the motor put out enough voltage to make it spin, just not enough to heat. Unfortunately, I wasn't home and had to talk to them over the phone.
    OK, motors draw electricity (called "current"). They don't "put out" anything, voltage, current, or otherwise. They draw current to spin the drum. The motor could be drawing too much, but I doubt it. (The motor would likely burn out)

    Sounds like a problem somewhere else. It couldn't cost too much to get a second opinion.



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    If your dryer is run off a fuse panel, check one of the fuses, could have dropped a leg causing your problem. Usually don't happen with breakers, but an easy & cheap fix if it is a fuse.


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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff0514 View Post
    .....just quit putting out heat. It still spins, but no heat. I'm just ticked it only lasted 6 years.

    I had the same problem with my wife after about four years. Be thankful for the extra two years.



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    I had the same problem with my wife after about four years. Be thankful for the extra two years.
    This is a very common problem. Used models may not be the solution.


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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    I'd say call to have someone else take a look at it. We had the same thing going on with our dryer. Turned out that a lot of new houses have the dryer vented out the roof instead of a nearby wall, making it harder to get the vents completely clean. Call around and maybe save yourself a few hundred bucks!



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    Anyone recommend someone to call around Ankeny?



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    Re: Clothes Dryer Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    I had the same problem with my wife after about four years. Be thankful for the extra two years.
    At least yours still spins...



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