Question about Kenmore Dryers
My kenmore dryer model 8904 will spin and all of the displays on the front panel light up and work but it wont heat up
These are several things that can cause this, I will list them in order of "most common" to "least common."
1) Most common: The heat element has failed, they break in two pieces, and must be replaced.
2) One of the thermostats or a fuse has failed, and must be replaced. If this is the problem, you must also clean the whole inside of the machine's ductwork of lint, or having replaced the part, it will fail again.
3) A wire has burned in two, often near the heating element. Rarely, it can also be near the electrical cord in the back of the machine.
Posted on Feb 13, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Mar 10, 2008
check the igniter,thermal fuse,operating themastat there is a small plastic piece on the lower left hand corner pop that out and when you turn your dryer on it should be glowing red if not its the igniter
Posted on Mar 25, 2008
If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:
Power from the house
Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.
Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.
Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)
Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.
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Hope this helps.
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
SOURCE: kenmore electric dryer
If dryer does not spin it is usually a problem with the belt or the motor. Check also door switch.
See also following indications from Repairclinic:
It won't tumble If your dryer doesn't tumble, check these:
Belt Dryers have a drive belt that turns the clothes drum. If the belt breaks, the drum stops rotating. Then you need to replace the belt, and often the idler pulley, because the pulley tends to wear out at the same time.
Click here for a belt installation diagram.
Motor If the dryer motor only hums when you press the Start button, the motor may be burned out. Here's how to test the dryer motor:
If the motor rotates freely, run the motor momentarily with the belt removed and the blower in place. If the motor runs fine with the belt removed, there may be a problem with the idler pulley or the clothes drum. Try to rotate the drum by hand. If it is very difficult to move, correct any problem with the rollers or pulley, and then reassemble the dryer and try it again.
If the motor hums but doesn't rotate on its own even with the belt removed--yet you can turn it freely by hand--you usually need to replace the motor or the motor start capacitor.
Door switch Your dryer can't operate at all if the door switch is defective. It's inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. If it's defective, you need to replace it.
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
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