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Question DetailsAsked on 1/20/2014

My dryer won't shut off. I have an Admiral dryer. Is it a fuse?

Dryer started producing a humming sound a right away I noticed a red glow in the back,I believe it was the heating element. It wouldn't shut off. Is this a fuse problem or do I have to buy a new dryer and forget about repairing the one that I have.

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    I hope you shut off the circuit breaker for the dryer, then unplugged it so it cannot be used. You have a stuck timer switch (if mechanical) or timer circuit failure (if electronic controls) if it wouldnot shut off (heat and rotation both), so it thinks it is in the middle of a drying cycle and is not shutting off at what should be the end of the cycle - time is standing still for it.

    The red glow might always be there (reflected light from hot element or gas flame) and you only noticed it when your problem started and you looked back there - lots of dryers hae a reddish glow behind them through air vents in the back panel. If the back of the dryer was actually glowing, then that means either you had a lint fire in the airway or duct (which you would definitely smell burnt fabric smoke smell from), or the heating element was not cycling on and off as it should, the overtemp sensors (usually several in a dryer) had all failed and were not shutting it off, so it was overheating.

    Hard to tell if repair cost will be such that you should get new dryer or not - I would say if it is 7-10 years old or more, if it is the timer that is commonly a $250 range item to replace - maybe $300-350 if thermal cutouts have to be replaced too, so in that case I would get a new, simple, mechanical (no electronics) Whirlpool or Kenmore or Amana for $350-450 range installed. Tough decision on whether to just get a new one, or pay about $70-100 for a diagnosis and repair estimate from an appliance repairman, which might say it is cheaper to repair, or might say replace it. Personally, if I did not fix things like this myself (paying only for parts), I think I would replace it if not in warranty, but tht is only one opinion.

    Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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