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Amana Dryer Won't Start

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer won't start are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer won't start

Cause 1Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device designed to protect the dryer from overheating. The fuse is located on the blower housing or at the dryer’s heat source such as the heating element on electric dryers or at the burner on gas models. The fuse should be closed for continuity meaning it has a continuous electrical path through it when good. If overheated the fuse will have no continuity meaning the electrical path is broken and the fuse has blown out. A multimeter can be used to test it for continuity. Be aware that a blown thermal fuse is an indication of a restricted exhaust vent from the dryer to the outside. Always check the dryer venting when replacing a blown thermal fuse.

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Thermal Fuse for your AmanaDryer
Thermal Fuse - Part # 915698 Mfg Part # WP40113801

Dryer thermal fuse. If the dryer overheats, the thermal fuse blows to cut off power to the dryer. If the thermal fuse has blown, the dryer won't start. The thermal fuse cannot be reset—if the fuse has blown, it must be replaced.

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Cause 2Door Switch

The door switch activates when the dryer door is closed. On most dryers, the door switch makes an audible clicking sound when it activates. To determine if the door switch is working, try starting your dryer and then listen for the “click.” If the door switch makes a clicking sound, it is probably not defective. If you don’t hear a click, use a multimeter to use the door switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.

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Door Switch for your AmanaDryer
Door Switch - Part # 1378530 Mfg Part # W10169313

Three terminal door switch kit. Be aware that this switch replaces older 2 terminal switches.

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Cause 3Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch. If all of these parts are working properly, but the motor is making a humming noise, remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for obstructions. If the blower wheel is clear of obstructions, the dryer motor might be at fault. If you suspect the motor is defective, replace it.

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Drive Motor for your AmanaDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 948442 Mfg Part # WP2200376

Dryer drum drive motor assembly with pulley. The pulley is not available separately from the motor assembly. If the dryer does not run look for a defective door switch or start switch before replacing the motor. If the motor hums or buzzes and cannot be turned by hand then it is likely defective.

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Cause 4Drive Belt

On most dryers, when the dryer belt breaks, the motor will still run, but the drum will not turn. However, some dryers have a switch that shuts off power to the dryer if the drive belt is broken. Check the dryer belt to determine if it is broken. If the belt is broken, replace it.

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Drive Belt for your AmanaDryer
Drive Belt - Part # 821089 Mfg Part # WP40111201

Dryer drum drive belt. Length 93 3/8”, width 3/8”, characteristics, 5 ridges, flat. The drive belt is a very long, slender belt that wraps all the way around the dryer drum, around a tension pulley, and then around the drive motor pulley.

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Cause 5Incoming Power Problem

If you have a gas dryer, unplug the dryer from the wall and plug something else into the outlet to determine if the outlet is working. If you have an electric dryer, check the home circuit breaker or fuses. If the circuit breaker or fuses are working, use a multimeter to test the outlet.

Cause 6Timer

The timer might be defective. However, this is very rarely the case. Before replacing the timer, check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, replace the timer. (The timer cannot be tested, so it is not possible to directly determine if it is defective.)

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Timer for your AmanaDryer
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Cause 7Timer

The timer might be defective. However, this is very rarely the case. Before replacing the timer, check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, replace the timer. (The timer cannot be tested, so it is not possible to directly determine if it is defective.)

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Timer for your AmanaDryer