Dryer timer issue

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Old 11-19-05, 05:06 AM
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Dryer timer issue

Hello,
I have an Estate electric dryer (by Whirlpool), Mdoel #TEDS680EQ2.
Sometimes the timer works and sometimes it doesn't. I can hear it ticking when it is set to timed drying or auto sense drying. When it does work, the dial rotates as it should and turns off the dryer. When it doesn't, it will remain in the same position and doesn't turn off the dryer. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 11-20-05, 06:45 AM
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Hello wlsnoops and welcome to the electric appliances forum topic.

The temperature control sensors may be defective. They should be located on the fan blowers housing. There is also a moisture sensor, temperature sensor and a high limit temp sensor. Any one of them could be defective and or inoperative.

Sensors can be checked for electrical continutiy using a ohm meter. As well as the temp selector switch. Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off or the appliance is unpluged from the wall recepticule.

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Check the hot surface glow element. It should be glowing. If not, first check the control panel. If the heating element is glowing, may not be doing so as hot as it should be. Replace it.

HEATING ELEMENT:
If all the controls are set correctly on the front control panel and the dryer is running and the element fails to glow, the element most likely will need to be replaced.

CONTROL KNOB ADVANCES SLOWLY:
For most dryers this is normal operation when set in the Auto Dry cycle. Once the load begins to dry the timer control will begin to advance. The rate of advancement will begin slowly at first because of the moisture content.

As the load dries, the advancement will advance more quickly. Dryers with moisture sensers will control the timer advancement in cycles where that function is operatable. All normal operations are based upon the cycles selected.

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Old 11-23-05, 02:10 AM
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Thanks for the advice, Sharp Advice. I will check the sensors as you suggest. They are about the only thing I haven't checked.

Sorry it took so long for this follow-up to your quick reply to my question.
 
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