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I have a Kenmore 70 Series electric dryer #66702 that stops before the end of the cycle time. It will start up again after pusing the start button but may turn itself off again after a few more minutes. Any ideas? Thanks, Doug

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  • moonshadow80 Sep 20, 2009

    Thanx alot for the response. Once inside the interior, I vacuumed around the motor and ends. Didn't seem especially built up with lint. After reassembling, did a few loads over a week or so with no problems. Now today, while drying, Wife opened the door to pull something out while still damp. When she closed the dryer and pressed the button to re-start....Nothing. Have waited over 45 min. and still won't start. Could it be something else?

    Thanx again

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This is usually caused by a motor getting too hot. The motor has a shutoff to protect it against burnout. It will reset when it gets cool. As the motor overheats more and more these shutoffs become more frequent and longer

Motors get hot for several reasons:

1. Motor going bad
2. Lint around motor causing it to retain heat
3. Vent system open at some point inside or behind case allowing heated air to remain in motor area

Follow the procedure below to disassemble and check interior of dryer. Vacuum carefully especially around and in the ends of the motor.

Disconnect Power. Lift Cover on lint filter. Remove two Phillips screws taking care NOT to allow them to fall into the blower housing. Place putty knife in the seam between the top and front panel about 2” in from either side. Push in on clip while pulling control panel forward and tilting putty knife handle up, all at the same time. Same on opposite side. Raise top all the way.

Looking down inside dryer on left and right see a 5/16” hex head screw about 6 inches down. Remove each side while holding front panel in place. Pull top of front panel about 3 inches forward from sides and then pull up. This will disengage the front panel from lower pressure clips and allow you to turn it sideways and expose the dryer interior. Reverse process to re-assemble. Take careful note of belt configuration BEFORE removing it. Draw a diagram of its travel.

Motor and idler pulley for dryer will be on right.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

Testimonial: "Sep 20, 2009 - Thanx alot for the response. Once inside the interior, I vacuumed around the motor and ends. Didn't seem especially built up with lint. After reassembling, did a few loads over a week or so with no problems. Now today, while drying, Wife opened the door to pull something out while still damp. When she closed the dryer and pressed the button to re-start....Nothing. Have waited over 45 min. and still won't start. Could it be something else? Thanx again"

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    Controlfrk Sep 20, 2009

    The problem you now describe is usually caused by a thermal fuse intended to shut the dryer motor down and keep it off because of a problem with air flow within the dryer.

    The following process will allow you to test the thermal fuse and replace it if you find it open.

    Unplug unit and turn off gas if gas model. Check to be sure you have 240 Volts at wall outlet.

    Most parts likely to fail on electric dryers are inside the rear cover. Heater is on right inside can, safety thermostat on lower left of can, High limit thermostat (non-resettable) higher left of can. On the blower housing to the left are the operating thermostat and, in some models, a thermal fuse (white plastic). ALL can be continuity checked easily. Always disconnect wire on one side of what you are testing. One will likely be open. Replace the component that fails the continuity test.

    The thermal fuse or high limit thermostat failure generally points to a reduction of air flow due to SOME blockage either inside the dryer or in the vent pipe leading out of the house. If you find either of these parts bad be sure to check the vents after replacing parts to ensure the same parts won't fail again.

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