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Dryer does not heat

I have a Kenmore dryer, model #86878800. The dryer just stopped heating 1 day. I checked the circut breaker, it was not tripped. I pulled the heating element out and checked it for continuwity with a multi-meter, it ohmed out. I'm not sure what to check next.

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  • mav4260 Mar 15, 2009

    Right on the money!!!! Thx FixYa

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Verify 220 volts at the terminal block where the cord attaches.
Also, 120 volts from each leg to neutral at the same check point.
Check the thermal fuse at the top of the heat element canister for continuity.
Check the high limit switch at the heater terminals for continuity.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

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    steve Mar 15, 2009

    Thank you for the rating.

    Glad it worked out.

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    • 1 Check the cycle selector control to make sure a heating cycle has been selected. The selector should be in an "Off" position when not in use, but it should be turned to a drying cycle when in use. On some models, make sure you are not accidentally running the dryer on the "Air" cycle, which does not use heat.
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Make sure that Front of the dryer is not blocked, Air flow is needed to dry.


Check the blown fuses and home’s circuit breaker tripped. Dryer use 2 household Fuses or a circuit breakers, Replace the Fuses or reset the circuit breaker.


Another common cause of a dryer failing to heat is a faulty heating element.You will need to replace it.


Good Luck and have a nice day.
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3. Thermal fuse
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2. Heating element
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Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)

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