Question about Kenmore Dryers
Kenmore elite dryer model 110.66962500 heating element has been replace now twice in 3 months. Thermal cut out is working but heating element failed each time. I've checked to make sure that all the vents are free of lint and not clogged, made sure that the circuit breaker is working properly and that I'm getting the proper voltage across the connection. But the element has blown again for the 4th time! Any suggestions?
When you install the replacement heater, be very careful not to stretch or bunch up the heater wire. The metal is relatively brittle and cracks easily. Also, if coil turns are too closely spaced, that causes a hot spot that is more likely to burn out.
Also, make sure the terminal connectors are clean and free of corrosion. A poor connection can cause overheating right at the terminal.
Check all ductwork inside and outside of the dryer for lint or other blockage. In particular, check the outside vent damper to make sure it opens and closes properly.
Finally, make sure the blower is securely attached to the shaft, and that the motor turns freely without bearing slop or grinding. A loose fan will slip on the shaft, resulting in inadequate air flow. This can burn out the heater and leave the clothes damp or cause a prolonged drying time.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You may need to do some troubleshooting. This can be done with the machine unplugged - you may have to activate the start switch, belt switch (if it has one) and the motor centrifugal switch manually.
Tip for troubleshooting 220v systems - clip one lead of a ohm meter to either L1 or L2 on the terminal block. It doesn't matter which one. According to the tech sheet (under console) follow the path for current from your clipped terminal, through the heating element, to the opposite terminal. All the readings should be less than 100 ohms, until you reach the failed part. Confirm failure by disconnecting a lead from the suspected part, and test only that part.
Live troubleshooting is sometimes slightly easier, but much more dangerous than the procedure described above. - It is definitely not recommended for beginners, or for professionals, if it can be avoided.
Posted on Mar 10, 2008
SOURCE: replacing Kenmore dryer parts
that one is old enough to vote..if filter on top remove back find small hole on right just below top may be hidden by pasted on tech sheet..through hole insert long socket 5/16 or reach up from underneath with short ratchet and socket remove screws and attached wires lift element housing up slightly and pull bottom of housing out and down..5/16 screw on backside holdes element in
Posted on Jun 19, 2008
SOURCE: no heat
I am not sure why.
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Posted on Sep 22, 2008
Pull one wire off the element and start the dryer in a heat cycle . Check power from that wire to the cabinet . Touch the meter to the terminal you pulled that wire off of , and check that voltage . You cannot get correct voltage by checking across the element . Trace the wire NOT getting 120 volts . It will either go to the timer or motor . It will lead you to the problem .
Posted on Apr 28, 2010
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