When we purchased the house back in 2004 we immediately bought a brand new front loader LG washer and dryer from Best Buy (god did they f that up but I digress…). So flash forward about a decade (holy shit I’m old) and the gas dryer (DLG0332W) stopped working earlier this week forcing to rack dry our clothes.
I had just finished repairing my sisters laptop power jack (damn you gravity) so I wasn’t looking forward to a new project but honestly I didn’t want to spend $200 on a service call or $1000 to replace them with new models. Apparently the LG’s have diagnostics built into them so running them pretty much showed that it just wasn’t heating. Motor was fine and everything else just no heat. I did a little googling and found the service manual for it online and a few discussions about common failure points….thermistors, flame detectors, gas valve, igniter, etc. Basically all stuff you can test with the service manual and a multimeter.
Flash forward to yesterday and I do this:
I pretty much tore it down to bones so I could reach all the stuff to test and the end result was simply a popped circuit breaker on the high limit thermistor. All I had to do was push a little button and had I known that I could have avoided taking out the drum entirely. Here’s a picture of the little f**ker.
See that little black nub between the red and white wires? Push that and you get heat. Yes it’s that simple….four screws and you can reach it and fix it but only if you know that’s the problem. However as I tore the dryer apart and saw all the lint inside I wasn’t actually too upset. I also found two of the drum wheels were pretty close to seizing (damn hair buildup) so it gave me a chance to clean them and prevent a future near failure. So all’s well that ends well…I paid nothing and hopefully just a reset and cleaning will keep the dryer going for a long time.