Question about Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3 Front Load Washer
You can test the element while it is still installed if you like. Just make sure the dryer is UNPLUGGED, first. Dangerous voltage is still present with the dryer turned off. Remove the lower toe panel under the dryer door. This is accomplished by removing the screws under the bottom front edge of the panel. With the screws removed, the panel will drop down, then come off.
NOTE: Propping the two front feet of the dryer up can provide better access. Placing the feet on a 2x4 works well for this).
You have to remove the blower fan housing to better access to the heating element. Make sure you reach inside the door and remove the lint screen first. Then, remove the screws holding the assembly in place and remove.
Disconnect the wires from the heating element before taking any measurements. This ensures your readings are accurate and you do not read any parallel resistance paths. Do a resistance check across the heating element terminals making sure you do not ground your leads to the element heater box. A good reading will be between 9 and 13 ohms. If you have any questions, please let me know.
NOTE: This is a good time to clean the dryer interior and blower fan, while you have everything removed.
Posted on Nov 15, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Dryers usually have 2 thermal sensors a low temperature sensor and a high temperature sensor. The parts are inexpensive and if one or both are bad, they will keep the dryer from heating.
The way to check them is to use an OHM meter to see if they are OPEN. If you are using a Digital ohm meter, the setting will most likely read OL for overload.
It is most likely the low temperature sensor, but could be either. Replace both. Again, they are inexpensive and easily replaced.
To access them, you have to get to the back of the dryer and remove the panel. UNPLUG POWER before taking the back panel off. You will see 2 small rount (quarter sized) pods attached by sheet metal screws to a vent stack. One at the top and one close to the bottom. The wires should have push on connectors.
Remove the wires and check each with an ohm meter to be sure.
That is your most likely culprit.
Posted on May 07, 2009
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