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110.86427100 - 64271 Kenmore electric dryer.

Tub turns fine and no vent blockage. I have checked the heating element and it reads "short" on a meter as well as the Thermal Cut-Out
Hi-Limit Thermostat, temp adjust. I also checked the fuse and it also reads short as it should.

Just not sure what these should read with a meter and what is causing the problem.

Please reply if you have any idea what might be causing the problem or can tell me the correct readings I should get with a DVM on these components.



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  • nukeman77 Oct 15, 2008


    I appreciate you feedback. Thanks for confirming my readings.

    The tub would turn, yet on heat. I finally pulled the heating element and found a break in the coil, which was still touching part of the coil giving me the reading I was getting. Of course once I moved the coil where the break was, my reading went to an "open". I puchased a new coil and installed it and now I get what I should get; tub turning and heat to dry clothes.

    Thanks for you help, I really do appreciate it.


  • sjgeiger Oct 22, 2008

    dryer turns on but tub won't turn



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All of those you tested should read short. that is correct. now what is your prolem?. is it not heating or it would not start?

if it woud not start, check the door switch. that would prevent it from starting.
if it would not heat but turning, there is a contact at the cetrifugal switch of the motor that would prevent it from heating.

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  • francis rivero Oct 16, 2008

    hello nukeman,

    glad to hear that you finally fix your dryer,

    since ratings are as important to us as answering your questions. can i just ask a favor that you rate my solution.

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