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My Kenmore heavy duty dryer does not stop when it is on ''automatic'' cycle. It works when I set the timer to say 40 minutes.

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  • wpgraju Sep 25, 2009

    Thanks for the response. The heater element and high-limit & safety thermostats are fine as well as the voltages (I checked last week). I will check the operating thermostat and the heater grounding.

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In automatic the timer only advances when the operating thermostat opens upon reaching the operating temperature, usually about 150 deg. It's likely the operating thermostat is not opening because it failed. This will cause the dryer to get unusually hot if so. May even heat enough to catch clothes on fire or damage the heating element. It's also possible that the heater is "grounded" somewhere in the enclosure in which it resides.

Unplug unit. 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. With both leads removed test the heater assembly from each terminal to the heater case to see if it's grounded. Replace if it is.

If all electric parts tested show continuity (unbroken or open) you should replace the operating thermostat.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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