Question about Kenmore 63942 Dryer
Kenmore Model #110.96581210. The dryer tumbles, runs and it appears that everything else is ok, except it does not heat. This started last week. I want to make sure it is the heating element and not something else. Should I look at replace the heating element or check for something else. Also, if it is the heating element can you give me an illustration as to what I need to do to replace? Can you help?
You do not know if the problem is the heating element.
Ensure that you have checked the Thermal fuse.
Parts that can cause no heat are heating element, thermostat and electronic control.
If the machine is functioning, then concentrate on heating element and thermostat.
The heating element must be tested using a multimeter. The multimeter set on Ohms, at Rx1 must be used on element contacts, to read impedance.
To test thermostat better removing parts from the appliance, after disconnecting power. To test element you will need to at least disconnect its wiring.
If the element is good it must return some impedance that is not infinity. If the element returns open (infinity), then element is bad.
Same for the thermostat, only difference the thermostat must return low or no impedance (zero) at room. If impedance stays infinite (open), then the thermostat is faulty.
If the machine has separate thermostat and high limit (they are same thing on dryers), both thermostats must be tested.
If there is some cooling, but cooling is poor, check also lint filter, air duct and fan.
All testing and repair must be done by a trained person.
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Posted on Dec 09, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Check for lint clogging first. Pull the unit away from the wall and look to see if there is an excessive build up of lint at or near the discharge vent or into the vent line. Clean as needed. If it's really clogged you may have to remove the back cover.
If no joy, then check for a bad thermostat. There should be two. They are located on the discharge vent near the dryer exhaust blower. You will have to remove the back cover of the dryer to get to them. Check the stats for continuity. MAKE SURE the power is off before working on the dryer.
It's much more likely to be on of the two items listed above, but if the dryer isn't clogged and the stats are both good, check the heating element.
Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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