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Member Since 13 Mar 2006
Offline Last Active Mar 01 2011 01:24 PM

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LEW0050P Drum Won't Turn

28 February 2011 - 01:15 PM

Hello All,
I have a LEW0050P whose drum won't turn. I opened it up and found the belt intact, and was able to turn the drum by hand okay. Looking in the vent outlet, I found four (!) dryer sheets blocking the exit. I immediately assumed that one of the overheat sensors had tripped. I checked all the ones I could reach, but nothing seemed to help. I didn't have a multimeter handy so I was not able to verify continuity on any of them.
Looking at the schematic, it seems there is a fusible link somewhere on the air duct, but I can't figure out how to get to it.

I called a professional (I'm merely a retired aircraft mechanic) who looked at the dryer and then called Whirlpool for advice. After he hung up with them, he told me that the main control board was bad. He left to check stock at his shop and called a few minutes later to say the part would have to be ordered. The cost is a whopping 258 dollars! That's about half of what the whole dryer cost me! I asked if this was a new and improved part and he said no, it was the same as what is in the dryer now.

I bought this dryer new from Lowe's four years ago, and since it's in a second home, it gets very little use. I can't really justify spending that much money on a part that is most likely going to fail again in 4 years.

My questions are: is that price reasonable, how do I verify that the fusible link is okay, and is there a better solution that anyone out there can recommend?

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

Kenmore DW Water Leak

13 March 2006 - 11:59 AM

Inherited a condo with a Kenmore dishwasher model number 665.15974992, serial number FK2411618.

Hadn't been used in at least a year.  After remodeling the kitchen, reconnected the dishwasher and ran it to check for leaks.

Water dribbling out of the left (as you face it) side of the unit and running down the hose that connects to the fill valve.

Pulled the unit back our from under the counter and found that the water inlet assembly (part number here
http://www.repairclinic.com/0080.asp?PageNum=5) was leaking as evidenced by the hard water stain on the outside of the stainless steel cabinet.

Disassembled and checked the plastic parts and the flat rubber seal and found no obvious defects.

Cleaned and reassembled, but the fit doesn't seem as tight as it should be, as in water-tight.

I see that the part is marked as "revised to stop moisture from escaping" at the repair clinic site above.  Does anyone know if this part was changed to prevent the problem I have?  I'm not sure what year this puppy was born, but it looks at least 5 years old.  I could just RTV the heck out of it and reassemble, but that goes against my better judgement, and I don't want to leave a mess for the next poor schlub who "inherits" this.


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