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Kenmore electric dryer won't start. #63841

Over the last couple weeks I've noticed the clothes not drying completely by the end of the cycle. Now the dryer doesn't start but I can feel the start button vibrating. I tried all settings, button still vibrates a bit but no start. Any suggestions before I start replacing parts, starting with the heating coil??

*Maybe my imagination but I thought there was an electrical smell. I unplugged the dryer.
all the elements seem to be testing out OK but still no heat, could it be in a switch or somewhere else in the wiring?

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Most likely the vent to the ouside is clogged. That would cause the initial not drying properly problem.

If the exhaust is clogged, the moisture cannot exit properly, and it ofcourse, cant dry properly.
This also caused heat build up because the vent being clogged wont allow proper airflow over the element/s and it then starts poping limit switches or worse, burning elements.

The smell was probably an overheated element resulting in the popped switch.

Some units are auto reset. Just disconnect power and reconnect.
Some are manual reset, you have to locate it and push the button. And still others are one time trip, and must be replaced. These can sometimes look somewhat like a fuse.

Trace out the wires (with power disconnected) from the elements untill you find all the limit switches. Disconnect both wires to each side of the switch and see if there is continuity accross it. If yes (the switch is closed) it is good. If not, replace that switch. Be sure to check them all if there are multiples in your unit.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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