Question about Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer
For an electric dryer, there are just a few electrical components to test. You will need an "ohm-meter". First one to check would be the thermal fuse, mounted either on the blower wheel housing (for bottom lint screen) or on the rear bulkhead (top lint screen dryers).
You must have dryer unplugged, and have one wire removed from the thermal fuse (typically a small white rectangle or oblong shape, near the thermostat). With the meter set to ohms (resistance) read across the terminals on the fuse...if the meter reads either OL or infinite resistance, you need to replace the fuse. If so, make sure your ductwork is clear and you have good airflow at the exhaust point. If your duct is clear, you should also replace the operating thermostat. If your ductwork has a lot of lint in it, it must be cleaned, or the fuse will fail again.
Ok...if the fuse is ok, next is the heating element. There should be three wires (two large, one small) wires connected to the heating element. Remove one of the larger wires, I don't advise tugging on the wire directly, but instead use a flat head screwdriver to carefully remove from the terminal. Then measure from the now empty terminal to the other terminal with the larger wire, if your meter reads infinite resistance, the heating element needs replaced. Either replacement is quite simple, you will need a 1/4th inch nut driver to remove the screws from the back of the dryer, and the components in question. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 17, 2008
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