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    Default Whirlpool WED5500XW0 electric dryer won't start

    Model Number: WED5500XW0
    Brand: Whirlpool
    Age: 1-5 years

    So I understand what to check for this problem but my problem is I don't know how to get to the parts. Looking at videos and available documentation I should be able to remove the back and do some simple checks, however there appears to be no way to get the back off this thing. I can lossen and remove the top only to find the back is welded to the sides at the top rear. Anyone ever work on this dryer? Do I have to completely remove the whole skin? Help

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    The thermal fuse is most likely open so check it first. Most of the components, including the thermal fuse, can be checked by removing the lower panel under the door. Use a flat blade screwdriver to release the clips, one on each side, between the door and the lower panel. If you need to go back further into the machine the front panel comes off. There are two screws on the top inside and just loosen the two bottom screws. Disconnect the lid switch and door springs and lift the panel off.
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    Thanks Rick, I'll do that tonight

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    OK sounds good. Keep us posted!
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    Good call Rick. It was the thermal fuse. I should have bought it off your site though but I needed it now. I have your site bookmarked now. So I have one final question. The fuse was blown and before it happened I noticed the clothes in the dryer were excessively hot. I checked the filter and it looked good and when I had the dryer open it was not covered with lint and looked pretty clean and the vent hose was pretty clean as well. Anything else I should check?

    Thanks again for the help

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    There's an air flow problem in your machine or venting and the heat piles up on the thermal fuse/thermostats. Take the vent hose off and clean it out and check the outside vent for any blockages (birds nests and critter nests are common). When you push the machine back be sure not to kink the hose (unless it's the rigid style). In the machine, take the front panel off so you can access the blower wheel (#37). Make sure it's not loose or stripped on the motor shaft (common). Clean out the blower housing (#44). It helps if you understand the air flow. Here's how it works; The motor/blower sucks the air in the open end of the element housing (#46) and across the heating element (#14), through the element housing duct (#5) up the back of the machine and into the drum. There are a bunch of holes in the rear of the dryer drum (also #5) where the air enters. Make sure nothing is blocking them. The air is then sucked through the lint filter (#13) and housing (#45) below the door and into the front of the blower where the air is pushed out the vent (#32). Check the lint filter housing on the front panel for any build up where it attaches to the blower housing.

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    Rick, the dryer blew the thermal fuse again. I pulled off the blower cover and it seems fine. Ran the dryer with the cover off and the wheel is moving a lot of air. Everything in the air path seems to be clean and unobstructed but both times this dryer has blown the fuse the clothes have been extremely hot so I'm drying on timed dry only for now. I'm wondering if I have a temperature regulator or sensing problem. I see a thermostat and thermal cutoff on the exhaust and then the thermistor on the blower. Any of these a possible cause? Any recommendations on what can I check out now? Appreciate any help.

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    Start the machine on timed dry 60 min, high heat. Make sure it's empty and has a clean lint filter. Remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and clip the thermocouple for your temperature adapter on your meter to the vent. If your meter is not capable of measuring temperatures, a meat thermometer will work. Place it just inside the vent. Let the machine run for at least 20 minutes then start reading the temperature. The element should cycle off at around 200*F and turn back on somewhere around 150*F You're looking for consistency in the on off temperatures. If it's not, replace the thermistor. You checked the vent hose and vent and most likely the lint filter already so here's a few other things that can cause the overheating and open the thermal fuse. Overloading the machine can cause the thermal to open. I've found that the soap or whatever it is in the dryer sheets will plug the holes in the lint filter after a while. I've also seen those dryer sheets stick and cover the holes over the lint filter housing inside the drum.
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    Thanks for the advice Rick, I really appreciated it. I will check it out as soon as I can. Do you guys recommend products?

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    Such as?
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