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Kenmore Quiet Pak 2 dryer wont start.

We've had problems this winter with our dryer only running when the start button is held. I determined that it was due to the extreme cold. I could blow a hair dryer into the bottom access and after a few minutes it would work properly. Now today, it won't work at all. The outlet is good (I checked it). All I get is a click in the power control when I push the button. Is this likely the thermal fuse?

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What's the model number if you have a dryer with even heat and it will say it on the top console most likely you have a bad even heat board located in the top console,also there's a motor and heat relay in there that could be bad but usually it's the even heat board.go here
http://fixitnow.com/wp/2009/03/17/easy-fixes-for-two-common-problems-with-the-whirlpool-even-heat-dryers/
hope this helps

Posted on Feb 13, 2014

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  • Rob Davis
    Rob Davis Feb 13, 2014

    Thanks to ALL of you who have replied so far!!!!

  • Rob Davis
    Rob Davis Feb 13, 2014

    After reading all of your replies, I decided to go with the easiest and cheapest approach first....which was Sal DeAngelo's post. First off, I have to say....this dryer is a PAIN to work on!!! Although I could see (and test) the thermal fuse as soon as I took the front panel off, I couldn't get to it to remove it, without completely disassembling the dryer, and removing the drum! I'd seen someone say that if you replace the fuse, you should also replace the thermistor. So, after the big project of taking everything apart, I took those two things to the local appliance repair shop. They had the fuse in stock. But I have to wait until tomorrow for the thermistor. I will post again, after reassembling everything, and testing. Thanks again, for all of the replies.

  • Sal DeAngelo Feb 13, 2014

    rob open the door to the dryer,look around the opening where you put the clothes in,you'll see a tag with the model and serial number,if you send the model number i can look up your dryer and see what parts are in it and i can help you out better.

  • Sal DeAngelo Feb 13, 2014

    also rob depending on what model you have if you remove the duct that the lint filter slides into you can get to the thermal fuse with a 1/4 inch socket and ratchet but if the thermal fuse pops it won't work again it's nonresetable,if you look at the picture that's on the site i sent to you the heater relay and motor relay are the same part,take a picture of the wires or draw a picture of where the wires go and switch the relays,if it starts after you switch them you know the relay is bad without buying anything but you won't have any heat because the bad relay will be for the heat,if the relay is good it will be the even heat board if you hold the start button in and it will run and if you let it go the dryer will stop.bad board.

  • Sal DeAngelo Feb 15, 2014

    if you need a tech to come out and you live in ma. call peter de's appliance 781-438-9442

  • Sal DeAngelo Feb 21, 2014

    did you fix your dryer?

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