Kenmore dryer does not heat
Find a volt-ohm meter you can use.
Unplug the dryer and test the socket on the wall or on the floor for current. If If you have a 3 pronged socket, the two slanted slots should have 110 volts each, and the "L'' shaped slot is your ground.
If you have a 4 pronged socket, the two straight slots are 110 volts each, and the "L" shaped and the round slots are grounded.
If you do not have 110 volts showing on both slots, you likely have a blown circuit-breaker to reset at your fuse box.
Depending on the year of the dryer, you have the following things to check inside the back of your dryer.
Wiring, for burnt or broken wires, the heating element for a broken wire, and 2,3,4, or 5 thermostats.
Unplug your dryer and remove the back so you can see all the wires and the above parts.
One at a time, remove the wires from each thermostat and see if the thermostst is blown.
You can tell by setting the volt-ohm meter to ohm's resistance, that's the "Infinity" sign.
Check the heating element the same way.
If the thermostat and heating element are good, the needle will go up on the meter. If one is bad, the needle on the meter will remain motionless.
Each of the thermostats and the heating element are removeable, and replaceable.
Jan 24, 2013 |