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Kenmore Elite keeps tripping circuit breaker and small flash

Wife pulled out dryer to clean under it and vacuumed out exhaust...one load was completed drying. Started another load and small flash behind panel where timer is located on left side and dryer shutdown and tripped breaker. Attempted to reset breaker, but kept tripping...unplugged dryer and breaker reset. This is a Kenmore Elite Model # 110.63012101; Series MM1806136. I cannot find a manual online and the person that sold it to me does not have one. What could the problem be?

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    James Bebermeyer Nov 25, 2008

    There was a smoky smell...faint, but it was evident. Also, if you face the dryer, the control panel is sitting on the top towards the back, I could see the flash actually from the separation from the panel and the top of the dryer. I am hoping this is an easy and inexpensive repair.

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Hello jaybebo84,
May be coincidental that you had a short circuit ocurr in the back panel after your wife dusted but the problem is that you now have a short circuit which will trip the breaker. If you can unplug it and slide it out to gain access to the back panel, remove the cover and look for carbon or flash burn on some of the components in that area. Usually when you get an arc like that the evidence of the component is pretty easy to identify. You may see some carbon or equivalent on a component which once located, could simply be removed and replaced. Sears usually has exploded views drawings of all their appliances and you may be able to get a copy from the store service area. Good Luck..
Regards,
Rick

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