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Kenmore (SEARS) Dryer - ''26 88802'' Shut off Problem

Our Kenmore dryer purchased in 1998 (has moisture sensor). Timer does not advance thru the cycle - machine just keeps running. Vents & hoses are all very clean. Have not taken off any panels to clean lint.
This machine is 10+ yrs old and has never caused problems - does it make sense to replace it now - are the newer ones more energy efficient.
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Keith

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  • Keith Clark Nov 19, 2009

    The machine has has combined automatic and manual timer. We have never used the manual timer, so I tested it without any clothes to dry. It works, but I would estimate the allotted time is doubled; ask for 10 mins. & it runs for 20/25.

    Is the moisture sensor the black ( with 2 silver metal stips) module inside the drum.


  • Keith Clark Nov 19, 2009

    No Lights. First noticed the problem about a week ago at 4 am ( put on around 10pm ) when I realized the dryer was still running in the auto mode, so I shut it off manually.

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I am assuming that this machine has a mechanical timer. It sounds like the mechanical timer might have stopped turning. Does it stay on during every cycle(timed & auto)? If it shuts off with timed but not auto dry then it is a problem with the moisture sensor otherwise it sounds like the timer. You could try removing the timer and blowing it out with compressed air completely and see it starts working again. If the timer needs replacement they cost around $200 dollars. The moisture sensor contacts inisde the dryer might just need cleaning. Try using some rubbing alchohol and a cloth on the contacts(two metal strips next to each other). The moisture sensor uses low voltage to measure if the moisture inside the dryer. It is possible that a wire connector has come loose inside the dryer causing the problem. And sometimes I have found that a mouse living in the dryer will chew through wires and cause problems. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

  • muebe Nov 19, 2009

    Yes the part with the two metal strips is the moisture sensor. It is possible that the moisture sensor has stopped working if the timer moves to shut off the dryer. Do you have any lights that indicate if the clothes are "wet" and "damp" and if you do are they coming on when the clothes are wet or damp?

  • muebe Nov 19, 2009

    Well if the timer is shutting off the dryer in the maual mode(even though it is 20 minutes for 10) then I would lean toward the moisture sensor is defective. I am not sure how much it cost for one. you would need to find out what voltage reading it should have when moist clothes are in the dryer. Then you would test those wires coming from the sensor with a fluke meter to make sure it is the sensor head is defective. I am not sure how much money you would want to invest in a dryer that is 10 years old.

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