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Appliance Repair: Dryer (DIY fix?)

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by Lex Lucas, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. Lex Lucas

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    Our clothes dryer appears to have stopped working mid cycle leaving semi damp clothes on the last load.

    The unit will not power on now but there is power at the outlet.

    Are there a few DIY checks I can do to pinpoint the problem and fix it or am I better off calling for appliance repair?
     
  2. Scott

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    internal fuse? Maybe google the model with no power/ blown fuse and see what pops up
     
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    dumb question but have you googled the model # and issue?
     
  4. Lex Lucas

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    Yes I have googled with a few things to check (wasn't able to find exact model, just brand).
    Reaching out here to broaden my search and get other ideas/things to check
     
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    What is the brand/model #?
     
  6. Lex Lucas

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    So after some more investigation, it was one of the 2 fuses in the fuse panel that blew - a 30A time delay fuse. Initially I thought both dryer fuses were good and I was picking up voltage at the outlet so thought was getting the full 240V but it was only 120V when I checked with a multimeter.
    I replaced the fuse and put some loads in to dry. The 2nd load blew one of the fuses again... sooo.... what would be causing that? No changes to electrical or appliances recently
     
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    Any obvious fusible links that are gone or being shorted? Had that issue years back. One of the links blew and was shorting popping the breaker as soon as I turned the dryer on
     
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    yeah you got a short somewhere in there. Now that you know what it's doing, google the model # + blowing fuse and see who's already encountered this issue.
     
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    Bypass the fuse imo

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    That'll REALLY dry those clothes lol
     
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    I had a bunch of pennies laying around so I just put one in the socket - no more blown fuses!
     
  12. Lex Lucas

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    I think it is the heating element that is shorting it out, thinking about it now, the clothes lately haven't been coming out as dry as they used to. Called Appliance Maritimes to get a service tech in, and earliest they can come is April 16th :/

    On another note, this got me thinking about upgrading our electrical panel to breakers and potentially 200 amp service. Can anyone recommend a good electrician?
     
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    Great solution. I love fixing problems with things I already have laying around the house.
     
  14. HairyAss

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    You could try Fundy Appliance in Truro - I believe they do runs out to Halifax regularly.
     

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