Whirlpool electric dryer won't heat

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Whirlpool electric dryer won't heat

My dad has a Whirlpool electric dryer that runs like a champ but does not heat up.

Here are the things we have done so far:

Thermal fuse: has continuity
Thermostat: has continuity
Heating element: has continuity
Checked to see if heating element was grounded: checked fine (no continuity)
Checked the outside vent: clean
Check the lint trap: clean

We started to check the timing motor but not sure if we tested
that right or not but it seemed ok as well.

I'm stumped. Have we missed something?
 
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Old 10-23-11, 04:57 AM
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Please give model # can help better if I know which dryer you have. Did you check both thermostats? Either dryer type they are located on the heater box.
 
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Sorry bout that. The model is a GEQ8858HQ1.

One thing I wanted to add was when I removed the heating element from the dryer I noticed about half of the inside surface of the heating element was blackened as if it was either burnt or lack of better description spray painted. The coils have a yellowish dust on them.

The metal surface the coils are attached to has a small crack in it.

To me it seems like the heating element is bad but when we check it has continuity so I'm baffled.
 
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Old 10-23-11, 04:12 PM
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usual reason your dryer doesn't heat is a open heater element or the thermostat on top of the heater case. If they are ok than open console and check voltage across the 2 heavy leads to timer if you get 0 timer ok and heater circuit is good. if 240 you have3 a op[en either in timer or the heater circuit. Did you check for 240 volts out of wall?
 
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Originally Posted by pugsl View Post
usual reason your dryer doesn't heat is a open heater element or the thermostat on top of the heater case. If they are ok than open console and check voltage across the 2 heavy leads to timer if you get 0 timer ok and heater circuit is good. if 240 you have3 a op[en either in timer or the heater circuit. Did you check for 240 volts out of wall?
We've checked the element, both thermostats and the thermal fuse all had continuity.

We have not checked the timer yet. Which are the heavy leads?

Also how do you check for 240 volts?
 
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Old 10-24-11, 03:51 AM
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Check voltage first you need a volt meter and i would read it at back of dryer. Then2 outside leads are the hot leads and should read 240. 120 from 1 outside wire to center post each outside wire has 120 + 120= 240. If not 240 and 1 of the wires is less than 120 you have a wiring problem, Try resetting breaker first.
 
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