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Kenmore HE2 Dryer makes three beeps but wont start

I have a HE2 dryer by kenmore, there is power to the unit it lights up. the other night I did a ton of laundry, when i took the last load out I noticed that the light burnt out. Today I went to put a load of laundry in and turned it on then it wouldnt start, it only beeps three times, powers up and all. I tried unplugging it and repluging it in and flipped and checked the breaker. Could it not work because of the light? that sounds like it wouldnt be that but ive seen some crazeier things. any help would be appreciated we dont have the money to call a repair man and were out of warrently of course. Had I known other people had problems with his dryer I would have never bought it...

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  • gmv380 Mar 22, 2008

    Hi all - I have a similar problem, however, my Kenmore Elite dryer will turn on a run for various times before it beeps three times shuts off. I can push the start button and the dryer will resume running - only to shut off again several (or maybe even 10 to 15 minutes later) before repeating the same scenario. It's confusing because there is no set pattern. I just finished cleaning the ducts so I'm sure their not the problem. Also cleaned out the front duct by the lint basket. Positive I'm getting good airflow. In addition, I scrubbed the moisture sensor located on the inside surface of the tub. Any ideas?????

  • jobe544 Mar 27, 2008

    My dryer also makes three beeps, and the light inside is also burned out. Can this really be the problem?

  • fuzzbunny Jul 05, 2008

    My problem is the same as Larisa98277's. The dryer light blinked off and on for a few days. Then went completely out yesterday. This morning the dyrer won't come on. The power light comes on, but it beeps and won't start when I press the start button. The lint filter light doesn't come on either. When we checked the dryer light it had shattered. We replaced the light and now it stays on constantly.

  • KellyMP Aug 02, 2008

    I have the same problem. I purchased my HE2 in July 2006 in Ontario, Canada. Today when I tried to start it I got three quick beeps and no action. I tried every setting, I unplugged the dryer for both 1 minute and then over an hour. As with other people who posted, the light inside the dryer was burned out. I replaced the 10W bulb with a 7W bulb and still no luck.



    At this point I believe it is a micro-switch that indicates whether the dryer door is closed or open. If open, it prevents the dryer from starting. Since the light stays on, even when the door is closed, it is probably the switch.



    I've called Sears and arranged for a service appointment for next Thursday (5 days away). Cost of the service call: $77.00 plus taxes, plus the price of parts. I'll let you know how I make out.

  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2008

    Same problem - light burns out, and then a few days later, the unit powers up and then makes three beeps when trying to dry. I'll try a new lightbulb. Thanks,

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What happens is that the door switch gets turned inside. I just took mine apart because of the same problems listed. The switch has a tab inside that has to make contact with the internal switch. I pulled mine apart and turned it so it made contact...put it back together and it works fine now. After doing all that it seems like you could turn the swith from the outside a quarter turn with a pair of pliers and accomplish the same thing.

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    Michael Frias Jul 25, 2014

    Just to update. found above info helpful. Changed the light bulb, once that was done the light wouldn't go out when the door was shut. door switch problem. popped the ruberized light boot and switch out of the front of thefront opening, reset until light went off, and tested. The dryer came on, and it is working fine. The switch just pops out with a screwdriver.

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My Kenmore He2 gas dryer has the same problem. It makes 3 beeps and wont start. The check lint screen light also doesn't come on. However, the door switch seems to function normally to turn on and off the inside appliance light when the door is opened and closed. Is it likely that this is still a problem with the door switch?? I may just end up buying a new switch to see if it solves the problem. Peter

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After reading other problems on this board, it seems that the door closure switch is a common failure point.  The common theme is the dryer interior light burning out.  The door switch fails, so the light stays on, and burns out.  Then you try to do a load and the dryer will not start due to the switch not making contact.
Ours just started doing the same thing, and I am betting this is the culprit...
It could be an intermittent problem too.

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Three beeps from the Kenmore Elite electric dryer may be caused by a failed thermister which sends the heated air temperature signal to the control box. The thermister inserts into on the air duct under the drum near the front of the machine. (two screws and two wires)It is easily removed and tested using an ohmmeter and hair dryer. The resistance of the device changes as it is heated and cools. With my dryer the the dryer would run for awhile and than stop and signal three beeps.

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You can also see if the door is not completly closing. Make sure to push it in hard around the clasp areas. If yours has a light, the light should turn off and on as you open and close the door.

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I fixed this problem by doing just what stimpee suggested  . Picked up the door switch and a light bulb at Marcone ,Total cost---$20 Thanks

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Check your door closer switch. Mine was doing the same and it turned out to be as easy as changing the switch.

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