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Dryer just quit

I have an older Kenmore electric dryer - 80 series. I was doing laundry the other night, took clothes out mid cycle, added new clothes, reset time, and hit the start button. Absolutely NOTHING happened. I've checked all circuit breakers in the house as this is how it seems to be acting, but no help. Is ther some kind of internal circuit breaker I can check?

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  • russFixYa Nov 16, 2007

    Series 80 Kenmore. When we push on the power button, nothing happens. It receives power, the timer will run. Using a similar problem solution, I removed the fuse, ran a test of the machine by joining the two contacts temporarily and plugging in the machine. It then runs. So, we will pursue getting a new fuse. And for now we will assume we are back in business.

    What we don't know is why the fuse failed! Any suggestions to consider, beyond a clean lint catch, a clean and none kinked venting system, both of which have been checked.

    Note: we did have electrical work done on the main breaker box
    yesterday, we have not noticed anything else having problems, however.

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2007

    I have a 70 series, the light when the door is open comes on telling me their is power, However when pushing the button to run it won't do anything.

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2008

    How do I replace the door switch?

  • Phil Acton Mar 02, 2008

    I have the same dryer with the same problem. If you know what is wrong and have a diagram on how to fix it, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • jazens Sep 01, 2008

    have a kenmore 90 series dryer completed a load last night, went to turn it on today and nothing happened when I pushed start....light still functions in the dryer as well as everything else in the house.....including the washer and everything in the bathroom that the dryer is located in. please advise.

  • chisnme3 Oct 04, 2008

    I was drying clothes, took a load out, put a new load in, hit the start button....nothing. Continued to try to hit start, no luck. Next day, still won't start. What is wrong? How can I fix it?

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    same problem - less than 2yrs old - poor quality!

  • goldmount Feb 27, 2009

    I had the same problem that many of you had and I followed the instructions and found that I had a bad fuse. Thanks



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I would check to see if you have 220v to back of dryer where the cord mounts to dryer Check the door switch, , Take back off dryer There is a fuse in the back its white oblong 2 wires coming from it, left side on blower outlet carefull hook the 2 wires togather and if it comes on the fuse is bad needs replacing same way with the door switch.

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The problem with mine was the same, it just quit. My problem was a little circuit board that is in the housing the start button and the timer are in. Two phillips screws and it comes off. Make sure the dryer is un-plugged. Then turn the housing so you can see the parts inside just pull the 2x3 inch p.c.b it unplugs like a anti theft chip the cars have now days. Test the continuity, but the door switch is the most common problem. The only thing I haven't replaced on my dryer is the motor. I guess that will go next. GOOD LUCK.

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