Question about Kenmore Dryers
I have a Kenmore 110.67761600 that is a couple years old. My wife says the temperature difference between delicate and the highest (cotton) is negligible. I took the bottom panel off today and cleaned out the lint, confirmed the coil isn't shorted and measured the exhaust temp on the lowest and the highest. On delicate the range it cycles between 120F and 150F. On cotton (highest) between 120F and 160F. Note: I was using a quick-reading kitchen thermometer. What else should I be checking? How can I tell what the normal temperatures should be? Thank you.
Using that thermometer I am guessing that the readings are close to what they should be. Typically there is not as big a temperature change between the two settings. What made her first think there was a big problem in the temperature settings?
Posted on Jan 22, 2013
Testimonial: "Vince, thanks for the reply. My investigation was prompted by my wife's feeling that even on delicate it was too hot. A 10F difference between the lowest delicate and the highest (cotton) seems strange. Perhaps it is due to what I'm measuring with? Any idea where I can get the specifics on what the temperature range should be?"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Your motor is very likely overheating and needs replacement. A simple test is the motor will be so hot you cannot even touch it. Hope this helps!
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
check the thermal switch. it looks like a torpedo with 2 wires attched to it. it is on the back of the dryer after he back is off. it is located on the dryer line usually near the bottom.
Posted on Feb 23, 2009
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What causes the dryer heating to cycle off and on is the cycling thermostat. Therefore, the cycling thermostat is malfunctioning if the dryer doesn't cycle off and on in the right temperature. Verify this by bypassing the cycling thermostat located on the blower housing alongside with the thermal fuse.
Make sure power is disconnected then disconnect the cycling thermostat wires and connect them together. Insulate the connection properly then reconnect power and start the dryer. If the dryer continues to heat up and seems to overheat, the cycling thermostat is indeed malfunctioning and needs to be replaced. Do not run the dryer fro long with the cycling thermostat bypassed or else you will end blowing up the thermal fuse, thermal cut-off, and/or the high-limit thermostat.
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Posted on Jan 01, 2011
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If the dryer is running then the thermal fuse is okay.
The temperature is controlled by three parts. There is the operating thermostat which is on the blower housing and is rated at 150 degrees. This is high heat.
The operating thermostat sits in a thermostat heater which is controlled by the temperature switch. The temperature switch controls how much voltage passes it to the thermostat heater. This is how we achieve lower temperatures. There is about a 15/20 degree difference between high heat and low heat.
The restricted vent may have caused the appearance of the dryer running hot.
I would suggest you check the temperature coming out of the exhaust. It can be checked with the vent hose pulled off. Any thermostat with a range between 120 degrees and 160 can be used. With the vent removed check the temperature of the air in the exhaust. At high temperature it should cycle between 135 degrees to approximately 155 degrees. This is high heat.
If you turn the temperature switch to a lower setting such as delicate you should see a lower temperature in the exhaust. It may only be 15 degrees lower but it should show a lower temperature.
I hope this information helps to resolve this problem.
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