Question about Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer
It is a Kenmore Elite dryer 110.63032101.
If I tape door switch on, push start while rotating drum, dryer starts. It then shuts down after 1-2 minutes. It will not start without assistance.
A centrifugal switch selects the start winding, but the run winding is always selected, according to the wiring diagram.
So, it could be a bad centrifugal switch, or a bad motor. You can test the motor by measuring the resistance between the blue and white-orange wires (the run winding), and between the blue and violet wire (the start winding). Both values should be under 4 ohms.
To continue running, the motor run winding must be OK, the door switch must be closed, the belt switch must be closed, and the thermal fuse must be OK.
All this assumes the electronic controller is OK, but this is the stuff a handy homeowner can check before calling in the big Sears guns.
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f you hear the motor humming and not starting at all it most likely has a severe friction problem with the drum or motor. It could possibly have some type of garment jamming the blower wheel preventing the motor from starting too.
Open the dryer door and manually rotate the dryer drum counter clockwise (CCW). It should take very little effort to rotate the drum. If it's hard to rotate that could explain why the motor hums instead of starting up. If it turns freely, shut the door and see if will start. If it still hums and not start it may have bad motor or a low voltage supply to the motor.
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