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Kenmore dryer dial doesn't advance

My Kenmore dryer dial does not advance. Instead, it will just run forever. I installed a brand new timer in an attempt to solve the problem, but replacing the timer did not fix it. There is a small part next to the timer with two wires connected to it. There are two wires that attach to this part (circled in red in the picture below). The dryer timer is on the right. What is this part? Is it possible that this part needs to be replaced? If not, what else could cause the symptoms I'm seeing (dial not advancing)? Thanks.

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  • eddie smith Sep 19, 2008

    The model number is 110.66662500. I don't know if it is a "62602" electric dryer or not.

  • eddie smith Sep 20, 2008

    Thank you very much. It turns out that red circled part is the buzzer. Also, the dial wasn't advancing because it wasn't getting electricity, as you correctly pointed out. The solution was to replace the heating element, which had burned through and so no electricity was going through it. The timer motor was on the same circuit as the heating element.

    In any case, the dryer is all fixed! Thanks!


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That looks like a thermal shut off to protect the dryer if it overheats.

I am assuming that the timer never advances - even in timed mode (as opposed to some automatic drying setting).

Most likely you need to buy an inexpensive multimeter and start testing. There should be a schematic on the back of the dryer either on the outside or on the inside of the back panel.

Since timers on dryers are just mechanical devices that use a small motor (and yours is brand new), it looks like your timer is not getting power. The switch itself is mechanical, you should be able to rotate it to the different settings, press the start button and the dryer will work in the correct mode. Without electricity, the timer won't advance.

Check for loose or burned connections. Dryers use a lot of amperage so occasionally the wires can get burnt and corroded.

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