Whirlpool Electric Dryer (heating/electrical issue)


Whirlpool Electric Dryer (heating/electrical issue)

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I have a Whirlpool Electric Dryer (Model No. LER7848DQ1). The motor died a couple months ago and I installed a new motor. Shortly after installing the motor, it stoped heating. I pulled the cover and found that the line from the motor to the element was fried. I noticed that the connector had actually come off of the post on the element, and when I check it’s fit, I noticed that it was very loose. I assumed that it had worked it’s way off and arc’d, resulting in the problem I discovered. I checked with a local repairman who agreed with my diagnosis and gave me a new line to splice on, since the connector size was not one available to me locally. He said that he always snipped them off old units for this very situation. I spliced this new connector, fired it up, and it’s been running daily for a couple months. With 5 people in my household, including 3 teens, it runs constantly.
So, last night when I went to unload the dryer, I found the clothes were still damp, pulled the cover, and found the same situation. This time, the wire from the motor to the heating element was still connected, but completely fried! I was thinking that maybe there was a grounding issue, which I ran-by this same repairman, who concurred, and so I pulled the heating element housing and checked it out...it checks out fine, and at this point, I don’t know what else to do. This repairman isn’t available for a week, and I don’t have the time or money to run to the laundromat every day.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
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I would probably wait for the repairman for this one. When you have wires getting fried that is normally something a certified tech should check out for you





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I would probably wait for the repairman for this one. When you have wires getting fried that is normally something a certified tech should check out for you


I have a similar whirlpool situation. I replaced the heating element several months ago. I was amazed by how hot the dryer ran. My wife said it used to run very hot, that was normal. It stopped heating yesterday. I looked at the back panel, it was scorched from heat. Will remove tomorrow. The element I bought was for my model, but was different, more compact. It did fit in the housing. Maybe it was not really right for our dryer. What regulates the electricity going to the element?

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Your temperature settings on the dryer and you likely have one or more thermostats that regulate the temperature.. If you provide the model# off your dryer's model data tag I am more than happy to assist you with the parts information





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Whirlpool Electric Dryer
Model LE5800XMN1
Serial # M40220064
Stock # LE580M

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Thank you.. the element you should of got is this one  https://www.speedyapplianceparts.com/whirlpool-4391960-dryer-heating-element-replacement/
This is the cycling thermostat which would also control the heat  https://www.appliancezone.com/694674-whirlpool-dryer-cycling-thermostat/  <-- this one you can actually adjust heat up or down.. it might be the issue you are experiencing.. also make sure your vent is totally clear.. a kinked or crimped vent will cause a dryer to run hot.. these kits are nice and pretty inexpensive if you have a not so great vent hookup https://www.speedyapplianceparts.com/lambro-dryer-211-lint-trap-kit-replacement/





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I see what happened. When I replaced the heating element months ago I could not find the Z shaped bracket that secures the top of the heating housing. I pushed the housing into place and it seemed snug. The Z shaped bracket fell from where ever and made a short. Looks like the heater housing came loose as well so hot air was not going directly into the drum. I the photo there are 4 controls/sensors next to the exhaust outlet.
Micro Device P/N 69018 FSP
PN 341146 FSP
PN 342812 FSP
P/N 341199 FSP
I can see that the Z shaped bracket fell and made a short from P/N 342812 to ground?
There is a sensor/control on the side of the heater housing. Could not read it's ID
How do I check these parts? What should there Values be?
My wife said that for several days things were not as dry as the should be. In the photo you can see the heater housing had become dislodged. How to check the heater element.
I TEMPORARILY by passed Micro Device P/N 69018 FSP which I believe is the dryer thermal fuse. I get heat on all the settings. I found one but does not look like the original or have the same P/N. I still want to check out all the components before putting the dryer back in service.

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I think it is this one https://www.speedyapplianceparts.com/replacement-whirlpool-3390719-dryer-thermal-fuse/





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Looks like it to me.
If you can zoom in on the bottom left corner of the bottom image you can barely see the Z shaped bracket shorting out the part directly below the fuse. Hard to see. I looke and looked for that Z shaped bracket. At least I now have it.

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Let us know if there's anything else we can help out with! The heating element should have continuity when tested between the terminals. Thanks! 


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