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    Default No air flow in dryer

    Model Number: LEW0050PQ3
    Brand: Whirlpool
    Age: 1-5 years

    My whirlpool dryer - model lew0050pq3 - has no air flow. The drum turns and I have done all the checks for lint blockages and am positive that's not it. I also checked the circuit breaker and checked the power cord’s connection to the dryer for proper voltage and it was good. I opened up the dryer and watched the blower motor when the dryer was running. The blower motor would not turn most of the time, and when it did it only made a couple of rotations – very slowly I might add – and then stopped. Any help?

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    Sounds like either a bad capacitor or a bad blower motor. I'm not familliar with that model. Maybe someone else will see this and have a better answer for you.
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    I think I might be able to help you out. Check this and see if it helps:
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    Thanks. I did the tests and I think the capacitor is fine. The motor had readings, but below what it should be (according to the link you gave me). Do you think that just means the motor's bad and needs to be replaced?

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    That's what it sounds like. How far off were the readings on the motor?
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    Wait, maybe I was confused. Is the capacitor supposed to go to infinity? It started at about 8 or 9 and was going down towards zero. Maybe that's the problem? The motor readings were around 20-22, and should have been between 26 and 38 (violet to blue wires and violet to red wires) and between 58 and 72 (blue to red wires).

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    That sounds like the motor for sure. Here is the motor for your machine. The cap you tested is good but it looks like a new motor comes with one.
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