Question about Kenmore 63942 Dryer
I read JSROCK516 opinion on dryers 11/2/07...helpful and thanks.
Our Heater once interrupted midway through cycle does not want to restart until a certain rest....ie 1 hr or so. We cleaned the entire duct work system ourselves...clean as a whistle.
After above, the dryer starts back up again, but after full cycle the clothes continue to be 70% dry or so.
I am about to open up the front mechanism to "check it out"...can an amateur do this work...is there a special tool I need to test the heating mechanism???
Thanks so much.
If your dryer IS heating, more than likely the heating element is NOT the cause. There are two thermostats that control the operation of the heating circuits. One, is the operating thermostat which regulates the internal temperature around 150 degrees and the other is the Hi-limit thermostat that cuts-off the heating circuits in an overheat condition of about 250 degrees. You can access the internal components through the lower front panel under the door. The panel can be removed by inserting a putty knife in the top seam where the panel meets the front cabinet about 2 inches in from each side. There are two retaining clips that you need to depress with the putty knife to remove the panel. Once the panel is removed, locate the heater box on the right hand side under the drum. The TCO and Hi-Limit Thermostat are located on the left hand side of the heat box. The Operating Thermostat (Internal Bias) is located on the blower fan housing under the drum. There are drawings available at searspartsdirect.com or appliancepartspros.com to assist you. Simply type in your COMPLETE model number (inlcude the "110." prefix) and you will find the heating circuits located under the "Bulkhead" heading. The Operating Thermostat (Internal Bias) is listed as item number 42, while the Hi-Limit Thermostat is listed as item number 48.
What you need to do first is determine is the blower fan housing is unobstructed. I know you mentioned cleaning your dryer, but did you also clean the INTERIOR. The blower fan housing can be a common point for lint to collect and restrict air flow. In addition (no attempt to insult anyone's intelligence here) are you making sure you properly sort your laundry when drying? More dense items, will take longer to dry and overloading can cause the same problem.
If your blower fan housing is clear, I suspect you may have a defective Operating Thermostat. If you wish to double check everything to make sure, the following link explains some common causes of dryer problems:
If you have questions, or if you require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you solve your problem.
PS Even though I said I didn't believe the heating element to be bad, does not necessarily mean it is. They DO become weak with age and may not heat as well as they should. Double check the resistance. NOTE: Please ensure you UNPLUG the dryer before servicing. Dangerous voltages are still present with the dryer turned off. Also, make sure you disconnect any wire leads when measuring across components for more accurate resistance readings.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
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