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Kenmore 90 Plus Series Electric Dryer trip

I have a Kenmore 90 Plus Series electric dryer. Model No: 110.68942892. It will only run about ten minutes and the power trips. After it cools it seems to attempt to restart, but usually fails. After I trip the home breaker off and on adn allow time to cool it will restart sometimes with the heating element turned off and other times it will not. I removed the lower front panel and the cover to the heating element. This is a dryer that I obtained with the purchase of the house and know little about. It appears that the drum is off center as the gap on one side is greater than the other and the drum is difficult to turn by hand.

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  • RonnieL Dec 18, 2007

    Is there a way to check the motor? Can I measure the amps with a multi-meter? Should I take off the belt and try to run the motor on it's own? Got any other test ideas? What does a motor cost? I don't suppose there are any special tools required to change the motor. Is that correct?

  • peter12 Dec 19, 2007

    My Kenmore 90 Plus Series dryer runs fine sometimes. But often lately it may run for about 10 minutes, after which it shuts off and will only run so long as we maintain pressure on the start button. If we then turn off the power for about 10 minutes then it comes on again. But again, it sometimes only works for a few minutes before shutting off.

    Another problem (which may not be related) is that the dryer will sometimes complete a run, but the clothes will not be dry (or even warm).

    Alternatively, sometimes the dryer runs fine.

    It appears to be very moody. Can you assist?

  • RonnieL Dec 19, 2007

    Thanks for all the info. I suppose I should check the fuses before changing the motor. I will start by switching the relays and checkingthe fuse and voltage. I will try to run the motor without the belt as well.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    usually when the display screen is thinking it does not heat up, i belive its the cooling stage.

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It sounds like the motor switch which is actually inside the motor on the model. It is very expensive to replace motor so it may not be worth fixing......
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Although I stick to the above statement; I have seen cases where a thermal fuse wire has come loose and perhaps sometimes touching(allowing heat) and sometimes not(hitting something blowing the breaker.... Check all wires on blower vent area... GOODLUCK!!!

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    Brian Gillespie Dec 19, 2007

    Peter12; On the under side of the control panel there is a small black relay with four wires going to it.(if not give me model #) You may also notice another one identical to it next to the timer. Switch them! Turn dryer on and see if it will run through a full cycle (note:it may not heat but we are just checking the relay to see if it will run through the whole cycle) If it does, replace both relays...NOTE: If this does not solve problem, you may have a bad motor switch(inside motor).......



    RonnieL; No special tools to change motor, motor cost around $150..... Are you getting 240volts from wall to dryer? Did you check thermal fuse?(fuse should have zero resistance)... I will post link to a picture of whats where in a few minutes(hour or so, news is on)...

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