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I have a Kenmore dryer part#857184 There nis power

I have a Kenmore dryer part#857184 There is power to it but suddenly when I set the timer and pushed the start button it will not start. It worked fine a about 4 hours ago.This is a front load dryer electric.

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  • billschess Dec 13, 2009

    The circuit breaker is fine and the part you discribed seems to be ok. When I open the door the light comes on and when I shut the door I push start and nothing.

  • billschess Dec 13, 2009

    I already have that cover off and the wires seem to be tight. I will try what you said but what is a "Jim-Clip"?

  • billschess Dec 13, 2009

    here is a photo of the wires in front behind the door inside. I attached 2 photos hope they help. Please let me know if they came through because I need to know where to put the paper-clip.




  • billschess Dec 13, 2009

    Oh and burnt wire smell

  • billschess Dec 13, 2009

    Are you still online? I just got back from airport picking up my wife. Sorry for the delay. Photos can only be 1.50 mb so I need to see if I can compress it. No I have not found what the problem is and I need a bit more instruction as to which wire I nees to disconnect and use a paper clip on. I will send you phot tomorrow if you will be online.

  • billschess Dec 14, 2009

    I just got rid of the dryer and picked up a refurbashed one at flea market. Problem solved and thanks for your help!

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Check on the door for a small part that sticks out, this part goes into a door switch to tell the timer the door is closed, and lets the drier start up. Do not forget to check any circuit breakers in the control panel of the house, see if one is off.

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  • John Fourteen Six Dec 13, 2009

    I would try to open the top and check that switch for loose wires. Most Kenmore's open from the front. Pull up on the top at the front corners, the top is secured by metal taps that flex into an opening in the top frame. It may be a little hard at first to break the tension but it should come up and you can look down inside the front for the switch and the wires. If the wires are in place you can try to bypass it with a jim-clip. Unplug it first from the wall, and then unplug the switch to bypass it with your jim-clip, cover the bare part with tape, just plug it up and push the start button to check it see if that is the problem.

  • John Fourteen Six Dec 13, 2009

    Paper clip. Do you smell any burnt wiring?

  • John Fourteen Six Dec 13, 2009

    I do not have the pictures yet, if you can pull the wires off the switch, there should be two, and hook these two wires together with the clip or a another short wire you stick inside the ends that plug onto the switch.

  • John Fourteen Six Dec 13, 2009

    If this does not start the drier, The next part to check is the start button, do the same to it with the clip but it is a momentary touch. You will have to just touch the wiring together for a moment just like when you start it. Be sure to unplug the drier to access these wires and see if you can practice touching them together without touching any bare metal or any part of the wires. You can put some tape on the clip so you can hold it, sometimes the wire ends stick out of the covers enough to touch them together. These wires are in the top panel and the back should come off to access.

  • John Fourteen Six Dec 13, 2009

    Still no pictures yet. What have you found? Anything?

  • John Fourteen Six Dec 13, 2009

    am 12/13/09 I will be online off and on today, busy day for me. The idea here is to by-pass the door switch by hooking the 2 wires together, pulling the wires off the switch and making contact through the paper clip stuck in the wire ends. Then doing the same to the start button but remember it is a momentary connection just a touch to make the start relay contact.

  • John Fourteen Six Dec 14, 2009

    Back on for a bit. Have you had a chance to check it out?

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Hi.

As a first thing check the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is located at the back side of the dryer.

The fuse can be tested using a multimeter set on Ohms. If the multimeter stay on infinite, then the fuse has blown, if there is low impedance or zero, then the fuse is Ok.

To get parts and diagram enter the full model number on website below:

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    Ginko Dec 13, 2009

    I have read the rest of the comments. The staple method to jumpwire the door lock wiring is greatly unsafe.


    If there is a wiring problem , it must be troubleshoot using multimeter and proper procedures.
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    A door lock lock switch can be tested reading impedance to find out if the micro switch is opening and closing.


    If you have not done this kind of repair before, better calling the number listed on the owners manual to get a quote on support. A badly repaired appliance can endanger your life.

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