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Kenmore gas dryer model #79838

The heat on my gas dryer isn't working. I am trying to check the thermal fuse but can't figure out how to take the front off or do I take the back off. I have disconnected the electricity and turn off the gas valve. The lint trap is located inside the dryer just below the door. I don't see any clips on the top and tried prying the bottom panel out. The back has lots of screws but don't want to disconnect gas line if I don't need to.

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Try this video it may help.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

  • tbonbright Jul 24, 2013

    Anna, This is a great video but the back of my dryer doesn't look like the one in the video so I still can't get inside to figure out if it is the thermal fuse or not. Any help you can provide would be appreciate.



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SOURCE: removing front panel on kenmore dryer

I was able to fix my dryer on my own. the problem was, i was instructed to access an area that wasn't correct for the needed repair.

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SOURCE: Dryer runs but doesn't heat up when sttings call for heat.

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.

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SOURCE: lint trapped inside dryer housing

1. Begin by opening the door removing the two screws on the left side of the door opening.
2. Then remove the screws that secure the door hinges to the cabinet. Lift off the door (may take some wiggling)
3. Grasp the outer top sides of the front panel and pull toward you.
4. Lower the front panel and lift off.
5. At each top corner remove the screw and latch that hold down the top.
6. You should be able to do the rest from here.

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it sounds like your heating element is gone bad. there is no heat if they burn out or get corroded

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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore 110.74812200

its the flame sensor,or the coils on your gas valve

Posted on Jul 08, 2008

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