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Our Kenmore model 96292810 clothes dryer has stopped heating. What is the likely problem?

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Check the house electrical panel for tripped dual circuit breaker. Turn them off and back on--any change? If the dryer outlet has 220 volts at the two slanted holes in the socket, then problem is probably the heating element in the dryer itself.

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Check the following to address this issue.




1. No power to the dryer(If you have power, skip to the next possible issue)
Make sure there's power getting to the dryer. Check for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. An electric dryer uses two circuit breakers or fuses, and if only one of two is tripped or blown, the dryer might still run but not heat. Sometimes the power cord disconnects or burns at the dryer, if this is the case, the wiring and the terminal block must be repaired or replaced.

2. Heating element
A burned out heating element will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Replace the element if found defective.

3. Thermal fuse
Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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