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Kenmore dryer runs then shuts off

This weekend we noticed our Kenmore (series 90) electric dryer was had an extreme burning smell and smoke coming from it.  We turned it off and I opened it up later to find the bottom packed full of lint that obviously had been burning.  I took it apart and thoroughly cleaned the entire thing.  Put it all back together and when I push start it spins with a buzzing sound for about 15 seconds, then shuts off and it won't restart immediately. After waiting 30 to 60 seconds their is a little click sound and it will start again, with the same buzzing and shut off pattern.
I called a parts store and they suspected it was the motor, so I picked one up and replaced it and the belt.  Got the dryer all back together and still the same problem.  I can't figure out what the problem is and I'm down $135 for the motor to boot. :-(
I got up close to the under side during one of these cycles and I think the click sound is coming from the heater coil chamber, but I'm not totally sure.
The dryer is a Kenmore 90 Series Dryer (model: 110.60912990)
Any ideas?

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SOURCE: Kenmore Dryer Model 66801692

at leas 15 yrs old??? think it's done its time, its a great machine andwould reccomend replacing with a whirlpool/kenmore unit tworth servicing in my opinion, average call here in new york 150-225, anbd those are for simple issues. id rather put money into new unit! bit be sure to check your venting id say 85% of dryers taking too long to dry are vent related issues

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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SOURCE: My kenmore dryer 90 serise won't start...makes humming sound....

your dryer motor is shot,it is to weak to kick on,sorry-mike

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore electric dryer shuts off after 5 minutes and won't restar

when you try to start it again do you hear a humming comeing from the motor? can you jump start it by turning the drum while holding the start button? If you say yes to these questions you have a bad motor.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore Gas Dryer Gets Hot, Shuts Off Early in Cycle

Sounds like a faulty high limit or cycling thermostat. The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a certain temp. It should be mounted on the exhause duct inside the back of the dryer. It should look something like the one in the picture:

Hope this helped and best wishes.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore Electric Dryer Series 80 110.86980800 burning smell

If this is a new element, this is normal until it has been used a few cycles. Use it and watch it carefully for a while. If it continues have a competent person to take the rear panel off and check for burnt wires or lint inside the unit.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore 80 series keeps shutting off. new motor and lint line cle

take off the vent line from the back of the dryer,if it runs fine your vent line is blocked or the outside vent where the flapper opens might have a cage on it to keep animals out of the line,it keeps the animals out but it's a lint trap.if you have a long run use a leaf blower and blow out the vent line,if that's ok check the t-stats on the heater box,

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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