Whirlpool Dryer Repair Isn't for Everyone!
Most People Would Probably Call a Repairman
I, however, am not most people. Sometimes I wish I were (sigh). My house is a home filled with three boys, 11, 17 and 22, my fiance, myself and temporarily, his mother. Translation, LOTS of laundry on a daily basis. You can imagine my dismay when I attempted to start the dryer and got a whole lot of nothing. Undaunted, I turned to the internet to seek out the advice of those far wiser and more experienced than I. After searching for my dryer's particular set of symptoms, and finding a matching diagnosis that appeared to fit nicely, I thought I was 90% of the way to a solution.
I unplugged the dryer, found the necessary tools, a phillips screw driver, and a 5/16 socket thingy, and started in on the screw like things at the back of the washer so I could get to the thermal fuse that I was sure was my problem. 15 screws later I came to the shocking realization that the back doesn't come off of my dryer!!! First pour a glass of cabernet, desperate times, desperate measures. Back to the internet then to discover how one does gain access to the thermal fuse. Okay, its on the blower, great. Where then is the blower? Aha! Remove the front of the dryer! Terrific. Glass of cabernet in hand, I stare at the front of the dryer trying to see where I might penetrate its defenses. No toe hold is readily presenting itself, surely theres an instructional video online?
Back to Google and YES! 3 minutes video on How To Gain Access to Your Dryer. If they can do it in 3 minutes, how long can it take me? I carefully watch the video, not once but twice so I'm sure of myself and return, emboldened to the dryer. I won't bore you with the gruesome details, but needless to say, it took me 2 hours to get the dryer apart.
This is What I Had After 2 Hours
I have to confess...
I was a little daunted because I wasn't sure there was an online video showing me how to put it back together again! I found my thermal fuse and took a moment to bask in my accomplishment. Around that time Curtis, my fiance came home and walked into the laundry room and exclaimed "What the bleep are you doing?!?!" To which I calmly replied, "I'm fixing the dryer honey." With a shake of his head he slowly turned and went into the kitchen.
Off to Sears Parts Department
I merrily left for Sears Parts Department where I cheerfully regaled the dear man at the counter with my exploits. For some reason he shook his head to and told me that the thermal fuse I so proudly held in front of him couldn't be the problem because it had continuity. Continuity apparently means the fuse isn't blown. I asked him what else it could be and he suggested either one of two things, the thermostat or the start button. I go with the former and for good measure buy the thermal fuse too just in case.
Back home, I install both the fuse and thermostat and begin the long, arduous task of reassembling the dryer. I can't test its functionality until it is reassembled. Here it did become necessary to solicit Curtis' help, which I had been loathe to do. About an hour later, the moment of truth was upon us. Plugged in, fingers crossed.......Push and....... nothing. Tomorrow I guess with find me back with the dear man at Sears getting the Start Button part, which by the way, can be replaced without removing anything!
Moral of the Story
If the new Start Button doesn't fix the dryer, I'll give in and buy a new dryer. But the most important thing I will be taking away from this situation, based on my self diagnosis of my dryer, is that I will never, ever, ever self diagnose any medical ailment online!!!! Check back soon to hear the dryer's fate!