Voltage issue in terminal block of electric dryer

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Old 05-15-19, 01:50 AM
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Voltage issue in terminal block of electric dryer

Recently inherited an electric dryer when I moved in to a home I am renting. The dryer has worked fine for a while but this morning it stopped running altogether -- when I try to start it, I get no sound, no light, no movement, no anything. Checked all the circuits and they are fine. Tested the outlet with a multimeter and it is fine. Next, I tested the terminal block and found that the first terminal isn't producing appropriate voltage. That is, when I hold the multimeter prongs to the second and third screws I get a 120v reading, but when I hold them to the first-second or first-third I get abnormal readings.

My question is, what is the most likely fix for this situation? Do I need to replace the terminal block itself or is this a wiring problem? What should be my next step in addressing the problem?
 
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Old 05-15-19, 03:30 AM
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Could be the power cord has a bad wire. Remove from outlet and washer terminals. Use an ohm meter to check continuity of each wire in the cord. Flex cable along length when checking continuity to eliminate a broken wire making contact while not flexed. If power cord is fine, problem is in washer. Look for a broken wire. Good luck
 
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Old 05-15-19, 04:27 AM
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Is the dryer cord tight in outlet. A loose outlet could cause problems.
 
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Old 05-15-19, 08:48 AM
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Thanks for the input, beelzebob and pugsl. I have a new, spare power cord, so I swapped that with the other cord and it did not fix the problem. Made sure the power cord is tight in the outlet as well. I suppose that means the issue is in the dryer.
 
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Old 05-15-19, 03:19 PM
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Dryers are usually easy to repair, Post model # and we can help.
 
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Old 05-15-19, 04:08 PM
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If the voltage is not 240vAC across the two outer terminals..... the problem is not in the dryer.
Without 240v on the outer two terminals..... the dryer will not work.

You need to work backwards..... check at the receptacle and then at the breaker.
Be sure there is 240v at the receptacle with the dryer plugged in.
This may take removing the receptacle cover to access the wiring.
 
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Update:
I swapped the terminal screws and nuts and the dryer started working. Glad that it was an easy fix.

Thanks again, everyone, for the help and advice!
 
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Old 05-16-19, 01:58 PM
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Check the tightness in a couple of days to make sure they're tight.
If they get loose the terminals will run hot and burn.
 
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Thanks, PJmax. Checked it out just now and everything seems to be fine.
 
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