I have a kenmore electric dryer, sorry don't have the part number right now but i'll get it and then update this. the problem is that when on the low heat option (forget what the option is called now but it's the only one with low heat) the dryer never shuts off. I discovered this the other day when my roomate turned on the dryer before she left for work, and when i came home it was still on and the dial hadn't moved at all from the beginning of the cycle. the dial turns properly on other options, but on the low heat option it just doesn't turn.
Also, the heat doesn't work at all anymore. I'm assuming it probably just blew the fuse but i haven't checked yet. My question is, what could cause the dial to not turn and the dryer to never shut off in one of the dry cycles (and not the others)?
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Re: dryer never turns off
It's the timer indefinitely. The no heat problem probably occured due to insufficient air-flow.
Go outside and check the flow. Rule of thumb:
you should be able to have your hand a foot and a half away and still feel air. good luck :)
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First you have to determine whether you element is in the front or the back of the machine this is done easiest by looking at the front of the machine and seeingif its one complete piece or two. If its one, the element is in the back, if two its in the front. We'll start if its in the back first. Tools you'll need is: 1/4 nut driver or drill with 1/4 adapter and a multimeter with ability to check continuity. With the machine unplugged, remove the back cover of the dryer. Once done, the heating element will be located on the right hand side with two fuses on the housing of the element. Test the element and each fuse seperatly by removing the wires and checking for continuity on each component. All parts should show continuity, so if one doesn't its bad and needs to be replaced. Now if the element is the front everything is the same with the exception of you have to remove the lower portion, usually held on by 3-4 screws located underneath.
If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heatingthe most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glowssometimes it is still not working properly.
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bad heater box fuse,get the model number from inside the dryer door,and go to your local appliance parts store and give them the number and they will get you a thermal fuse kit,remove the back of dryer and you will see the heater box on the right side
If the ignitor is working properly (glowing visibly) and the burner will not light, then I would suspect faulty gas valve coils. These electrical coils are right above the gas valves and when energized, these solenoids open the gas valves and permit gas flow to the burner. If faulty the gas valves will not open and the burner cannot light. It is recommended that if any are suspected of being faulty, that both (all) be changed at the same time and they will likely come from the parts supplier as a set. Really sorry for your trouble and I hope this helped. Best wishes.
I would suspect faulty gas valve coils. These electrical coils are right above the gas valves and when energized these solenoids open the gas valves to permit gas flow to the burner. It's recommended that if any are suspected of being faulty that both (all) be replaced at the same time. Really sorry for your trouble and I hope this helped. Best wishes.
Hi! donj56 There are a lot of challenges in checking the electrical system. If this dryer has a traditional timer it is best to find the circuit diagram included inside the dryer. Consult the diagram and make sure you have the same voltage on the
input of the timer and then on the circuit feed to the igniter. The case is a good ground so you do not need to connect to the Neutral. Let me know the dryer model number? Is the dryer in a high humidity environment? Also, how old is the dryer?
I'm sorry, but I can not help you with your dryer. This model number is not listed anywhere and I'm not able to get a wiring diagram for it. Probably it's made some were in Europe and very small amount have been sold in US. The only who might have all information is Sears.