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Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: October 01, 2021 06:15PM
Gas dryer stopped heating last weekend. Did some research on YouTube and it sounded like something I could diagnose and fix myself. 24 year old Maytag dryer, never gave us problems. Last year we had the bearings and belts replaced for about $200. Had I not done that, would’ve just got a new dryer. Multimeter helped me do continuity checks on several components (thanks to the YT vids I was easily able to remove the door and front panel of the dryer).

The multimeter was an inexpensive analog model made by Gardner Bender (GMT-312, $10 shipped on Amazon). Within 5 minutes I was able to determine it was a faulty igniter. Ordered a new one off Amazon for $15. Should come in tomorrow. Both the multimeter and igniter were/will be delivered in less than 18 hours. Amazing what we can do with the kind of information provided on the Internet. I was proud of myself. Really happy not to throw another item into the junk pile.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 01, 2021 06:27PM
Congrats!

but, you got an Analog Multimeter in the Digital Age?
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 01, 2021 06:28PM
Analog and iron pointer for the win!
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: GGD
Date: October 01, 2021 06:33PM
Good for you. You probably should have done the bearings/belts yourself first to build up confidence. That's an easier job, nothing to diagnose.

Dryers are very simple devices, if you can keep getting repair parts you should be able to keep it running until the cabinet rusts into a pile of dust.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: October 01, 2021 07:17PM
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…but, you got an Analog Multimeter in the Digital Age?

LOL, yeah. I was actually excited on the prospect (I had predetermined in my mind it was going to be some kind of digital model from Fluke). But I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to do any research, so I figured the analog one would suffice for $10.


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Good for you. You probably should have done the bearings/belts yourself first to build up confidence. That's an easier job, nothing to.

Did not realize that, I thought that would be a more intimidating job.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: testcase
Date: October 01, 2021 08:38PM
DIY Repair LEADER! boink smiley
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 01, 2021 09:12PM
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Congrats!

but, you got an Analog Multimeter in the Digital Age?

Check out the price of a brand new Simpson 260. winking smiley

That was my favorite meter when I was fixing vacuum tube transmitters 40+ years ago.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: October 01, 2021 10:41PM
I fixed a washer for $5 in parts and about 30 minutes labor.

Never give up that dryer.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 01, 2021 11:45PM
Usually it's the thermal fuse that goes as the dryer gathers too much lint.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 02, 2021 12:09AM
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Usually it's the thermal fuse that goes as the dryer gathers too much lint.

Or if its gas, the ignitor coils.



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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: October 02, 2021 12:40AM
I am ready for either possibility, now that I have this multimeter and I know how easy it is to open up the dryer. And yes, I figured it was the coils too.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 02, 2021 01:40AM
Every now and then I drag out a Simpson 260 instead of the Fluke or cheap AMZ DMM.

I really like that the needle doesn't move until measuring something, instead of an LCD digit randomly popping up like bubbles in a soda.





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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 02, 2021 08:12AM
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Usually it's the thermal fuse that goes as the dryer gathers too much lint.

Or if its gas, the ignitor coils.

It's been the fuse in the two gas machines I've had.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 02, 2021 10:08AM
I bought a Sears Craftsman DVM a decade ago.
The cheapy one died. Not that the Craftsman was very expensive either.
$20? But I do miss my old shop Flukes and Simpsons.

Craftsman has come in handy for our 15yo Kenmore dryer as well. Gas solenoids a couple years back and some other bit I've forgotten. Hardest part was getting my paws in a tiny little space so as to avoid taking the entire beast apart. $10 parts and an hour of my time. Round these parts, prolly saved $200.

When you're in there, vacuum out as much lint as you can get at.
If a itty bitty bit gets in the igniter cone, you can end up with a 8k whistle that goes off every time the gas ignites. Annoying as hell.
I didn't feel like going back in to find it. It finally got et, or whatever, a year later.

And again.
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Thanks Cary.
Looks like I never posted the fix.
Eventually, I took off the Taco relay box after putting light pressure on the pcb and having the relays clatter intermittently.
The pcb had 2 cold solder joints on the 110v terms. Sold as new, but judging from the solder, I'd say the HVAC guy ripped me off again and it was a refurb.
2 solder joints, an hour of time and cold, prolly saved $500 as I doubt an "emergency" heating call in the dead of winter would have soldered instead of selling me another "new" box for $300 plus "labor".

I love fixing my own stuff. Wish I took automotive in high school.



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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 02, 2021 09:19PM




Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: October 08, 2021 08:34PM
Forgot to update this thread with the results. The fix worked exactly as expected. Igniter came in less than 24 hours from the time I ordered it (basically was waiting for me when I woke up). Very stoked! Saved a few hundred dollars at the least. Only cost me $15, and an hours worth of my time (research, ordering parts, installation).
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Re: Proud of myself for presumably fixing my dryer…..bought my first multimeter in the process!
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 08, 2021 10:42PM
excellent!



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