My dryer will not heat up and I am having someone look at it. A technician from sears said that it could be the coil or the thermostat, but how do I know which part it is without getting sears in here for $75.00 just to look at the dryer. I do have the thermostat in my hands now, but how do I know if this is the problem? Will I be able to test this part so that I will know if this is the problem?
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This means your heating element has burnt out. Usually they consist of a coil, much like you can see on a hair dryer, in line with the air intake. Most common cause is the coil burning out due to excess lint and severing itself. When the coil breaks electricity cant travel from positive to negative so the coil stops heating up. Look online, try sears, type in your model number followed by - heating element - . You should be able to find your model number in the manual or by searching the name of the dryer. If you get the heating element and pay someone to install it, you should not have to pay more then getting a new dryer.
This is probably the heater coil inside the dryer. If you have someone around that is handy with tools, they can get the front of the unit off, and replace it, or if not, you can call a service person in to do it ( it will cost a bit more than having someone that can do it for you ) The part usually isn't that expensive, nor is it difficult to install, but that's my opinion. If you wish more information, don't hesitate to ask
If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heatingthe most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glowssometimes it is still not working properly.
if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip....
If you have an electric dryer, you can have many differentthings that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat.
check outthis electric no heat tip...
wel the good thing is is it is a Kenmore which generally has good support and part support usually locally. The best thing to do is get on sears website and seee if other dryers of this make and or model have had this problem and what the solution was. Also the favorable thing is that it might have been under a recall and might be covered. Anyway usually a dryer has a heating coil and a thermostat and one of those is your prblem. Take off the back after you unplug it of course and see if the coil is still intact (looks like a spring,that goes in a big circle in the back of the dryer ) it is usually behind a heat sheild (metal) and if it is what it is hooked into is the thermostat (diagram onthe back panel as well) Take that to your nearest aplliance parts store or sears parts place and they will have it if not a replacement
your dryer has a coiled unit inside that heats up...this is what actually where the heat comes from is off this coil. Your coil (heat element) has a break in it some where this be the reason for your dryer not heating up. As for VERY temp solution..one could twist this heating element together making connection but again this is JUST to be temporary ..as only should be 1 day before actual heating element to be repaired correctly. If one is mechanically inclined this is not a hard procedure with the correct common tools...and heating elements can be bought offline as well as possibly if you have a Sears repair facility close by your loction. IF not, then suggest you to call a trained tech in this field if you are not mechianically inclined or unsure of yourself.
Is this an electic dryer? If so, the heating elements run on 220 volts and the dryer motor runs on 110. Check your fuse panel and make sure the fuses have not blown. Then check the outlet at the dryer and make certain you have 220 volts at the receptical.
If that checks out OK, you may have to check the circuit to the heating coils in the back as well as the coils them selves. There are also heat sensors located near the coils that will prevent them from coming on if it get too hot or the sensor is bad.
You can go to the Sears parts web site and get the parts diagram using your dryer diagram. There is an electrical schematic on the back of the dryer that will help you track down the circuit.
Good luck, let me know.
My Kenmore 80 series (model 11072802100) has the same problem that it fires up first and then stop producing heat after a few minutes. It's also 7 years old. After a while, if I restart it, it will run and do the same thing. I found a thread of discussion on another forum that says that this can be the gas valve coil (solenoids) problem as these coils turn on and off the gas flow to the chamber. I'm going to check out the coils, but don't know where they are located (can't find the manual). If anyone has any idea, please share. Or I'll just tear off the top and back to see where they are.