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Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer 7 years Old Mod# 110 72982101

The glow plug fires up the gas on my dryer but it only runs for about 1 min then shuts off.  I've checked the fuse (closed) and thermister (open) that are mounted on the blower.  Suggestions....


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  • Painfull Oct 24, 2007

    The problem was a gas coil.  It wouldn't allow the burner to relight.

  • winniedkm Jul 23, 2008

    kenmore elite gas dryer model3 110729541 dryer runs for about 10 minutes,then shuts off without drying clothes. i,ve cleaned vents and inside dryer without fixing dryer



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Make sure your vent duct is not clogged up. If the machine can't breathe properly it will short cycle the burner.

If this is ok, it sounds like the flame sensor has failed. Also, the thermistor should not read open, it should have some resistence. It changes depending on the temp. Open the back of the console and you should have a tech sheet that gives all the readings and diagnostic checks.

Post back to this thread if you need help going through it.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007

  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Oct 24, 2007

    Just wanted to follow up on your dryer problem and see what you found out.




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