Question about Kenmore 63942 Dryer
The dryer is about 10 years old
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: An Old Gas Kenmore 7870701
Michael, here are a few things to check. Can you turn the drum by hand? If not you may have something in the blower wheel binding the motor. You can acess the blower by removing the back panel and removing the two screws under the vent screen on top. Once the back panel is removed the blower wheel will be behind the vent. Three or four screws and it's off. If the blower wheel is ok, it may be the motor itself going bad. Have someone hold the door switch down and while pressing start, give the drum a turn. If it starts running, it's probably a bad motor. Other things to look for is bad rollers. If they are bound up it may prevent the dryer from starting. Check these things out first...Catriver..post back.
Posted on Jan 04, 2007
I take the timed approach with appliance problems. If they occur 10 years after purchase, I buy a new one. If five years, I call a repair service and measure the cost of repair against the purchase of a replacement. If one year or less after purchase, I pile the expensive, offending, useless lump of an example of the decline of American workmanship into the back of my pickup and push it out on the doorstep of the store where I purchased it.
I find this method to be the most cost-effective and least troubling. And costs me about the same as calling the repair service.
In fact, right now I'm loading up my Kenmore Elite Oasis 6705, purchased March 13, 2007, (note that the problem began one month AFTER the warranty ran out) in the back of my pickup and I will make at quick stop at Sears to push it off the back of my truck (I find if I don't stop, but keep the truck rolling it makes for a much louder and attention grabbing drop off) then find the nearest hardware store so I can purchase some strong nylon line to string across my backyard so I can dry my clothes. I also purchase a bit of extra line so that I have enough to string up any Sears or Kenmore representatives who might stop by to inquire about the appliance they found on their doorstep.
Posted on Apr 12, 2008
Yup, shortly after I posted this question I was able to find that it was indeed the valve coils. Very easy to get to and replace. Cheap too! Got both of them for about $20 thru www.appliancepartspros.com. Same parts would have cost about $70 thru Sears direct.
Patrick, they are located on the burner unit under the drum in the front left. You can get a diagram of the burner unit by looking up Parts for your model # at Sears.com.
Only tricky thing is you may need to have someone help hold the tumbler in place when you put the belt back on the motor. Personally I found it easier to use two hands to manipulate the belt around the motor and tension bracket and have my wife hold the drum in place rather than to try and balance it myself.
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
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