Question about Kenmore 72982 Gas Dryer
Had bad heating element and replaced it. Having trouble remembering where all connections go to lower part of heating element. Seems there are 2 connections for heating element and three for lower thermostat attached, but there are only 3 wire connections. I have thermostat cut-off connected, and all other fuses. Can anyone help me? I did it the way it seemed to fit and plugged in and got a small spark at thermostat attached to lower heating element.
I think on your machine the lower thermostat connected to one terminal of the element, you have a wire coming from the thermal cut off down to the top terminal of the lower thermostat, a wire from the lower thermostat to the timer, and a wire going to the other terminal of the element.
You probably have the wire from the cut-off correct as it won't reach the other terminals. You have crossed the other 2 wires. This caused 240V to short across the lower thermostat and burned it out.
You will need a new Hi-limit thermostat, which will include the upper cut-off as well. They come as a set part# 279816. This will be a little different because the new hi-limit will not connect directly to the element. There will be all the wire ends and instructions with it that you need to get it hooked up correctly.
There should be a wiring diagram inside the console of the dryer that shows which wires go where, but I am sure you have crossed the 2 wires below the hi-limit switch.
Post back if you need any help.
Posted on Dec 02, 2007
Wedge, one red wire to the right terminal of the heating element. The safety thermostat should of had a piggy back that fits over the left side terminal of the element and connected to one side of the safety thermostat. Other red to other side of safety thermostat, Orange from the timer (smaller connector) to the respective connection on jumper. Catriver.
Posted on Dec 02, 2007
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