The Whirlpool Duet series of electronic dryers are very popular in line and Whirlpool surely is a leading manufacturer of home appliances around the world. But, however popular, any home appliance can sometimes develop certain problems and need repair. In such circumstances, before calling the company for customer services, troubleshooting can help resolve minor issues and we can get appliances like dryers to work efficiently again just with a little bit of effort and assistance. When your high-efficiency front loading washing machine Duet dryer stops working, many issues are simple to diagnose and can be repaired with just a few tools and easy instructions. Calling a technician and paying for repair can cost a certain amount of money. So why not try your hands at repairing the problem yourself for once? Listed below are some of the common problems and their solutions regarding Whirlpool Duet dryers :-
1.WHEN WHIRLPOOL DRYER WON’T START
a) Thermal Fuse –
It is a safety device and protects the dryer from overheating. The fuse should be closed for continuity and if overheated, the fuse will have no continuity meaning that the electrical path is broken and the fuse has blown. A multimeter can be used to test it for continuity.
b) Start Switch –
If you press the start switch and the dryer makes a humming sound but does not start, the start switch is not defective. Here again, a multimeter can be used to check for continuity otherwise it needs to be replaced.
c) Door Switch –
The dryer makes a “click” sound when the door switch is pressed. If it does not, that means there is no continuity and it needs to be replaced too.
2.WHEN THE DRYER IS NOT HEATING
a) Igniter –
The igniter uses heat to burn the gas in the burner assembly. If the igniter is not working, the gas will not ignite, preventing the dryer from heating. Use a multimeter to test the igniter for continuity.
b) Flame Sensor –
On a gas dryer, the flame sensor detects the heat emitted by the flames. Use a multimeter to test the sensor for continuity at room temperature. But before checking the flame sensor, it is best to check the thermal fuse and igniter first.
c) Timer –
If the timer is defective, the dryer won’t heat. But since it is a very rare case, all the other commonly defective parts need to be checked first and if everything is working properly then test the timer using a multimeter and taking help from the wiring diagram. If it turns out to be defective, replace it.
3.WHEN THE DRYER IS OVERHEATING
a) Heating Element –
The heating element may produce heat continuously even if the dryer has reached the proper temperature. When this happens, the dryer gets too hot. Use a multimeter to test each terminal for continuity. If the heating element is at fault, replace it.
b) Air Flow Problem –
If the vent is clogged, the airflow through the dryer will be cut, increasing the time drying time. Cleaning your dryer’s venting system twice every year is recommended to avoid this issue.
c) Felt Seal –
Dryer have a felt seal at the front and the rear of the drum to prevent heat from escaping the drum. If the seal is worn out or missing, the heat will not be drawn through the drum properly causing the dryer to get too hot. The drum seal needs to be checked to make sure that it is creating a reliable seal around the drum.
4. WHEN THE DRYER WON’T STOP
a) Blower Wheel –
The blower wheel draws air through the dryer and pushes the air out the vent. If the blower wheel is obstructed or defected, it might take too long to dry clothes. Remove the dryer vent and assess the strength of the air flow to determine if the blower wheel is working properly. If no obstructions are present, try rotating the blower wheel by hand, but if it wobbles as it turns, replace it.
b) Lint Filter –
The lint filter might be clogged. Dryer sheets and fabric softener can leave a residue on the lint filter, reducing the air flow. The lint filter needs to be cleaned if it appears to be clogged.
c) Thermistor –
If the dryer won’t stop, the thermistor might be defective. The control board uses the thermistor to monitor the dryer temperature and cycle the heat on and off. If the thermistor is defective, it may turn off the heat too early, considerably lengthening the drying time. These are some of the most reported problems regarding Duet dryers because people often do not realize how to resolve them easily at home. They prefer to take help from a technician. But now that we have all these problems listed, along with their possible solutions, it might make it a bit easier for you to try it yourself and probably make it work!