Over the last couple weeks I've noticed the clothes not drying completely by the end of the cycle. Now the dryer doesn't start but I can feel the start button vibrating. I tried all settings, button still vibrates a bit but no start. Any suggestions before I start replacing parts, starting with the heating coil??
*Maybe my imagination but I thought there was an electrical smell. I unplugged the dryer.
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Re: Kenmore electric dryer won't start. #63841
IF THERE IS A RESTRICTION IN THE EXHAUST(LINT BUILDUP OR FOLDED FLEX ATTACHED TO THE DRYER AND PUSHED UP AGAINST THE WALL) THE DRYER WILL NOT DRY PROPERLY. IF THE PROBLEM IS NOT FIXED, A THERMAL FUSE WILL OPEN SHUTTING DOWN THE CIRCUIT TO THE MAIN MOTOR. THE THERMAL FUSE IS A SMALL WHITE OBJECT LOCATED BEHIND THE BACK PANEL DOWN BY THE EXHAUST OUTLET. THERE ARE TWO WIRES ATTACHED TO IT. IF IT IS BAD, REPLACE IT AND CHECK THE DUCT WORK FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS.
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Ain't no moisture sensor. This is is not an electronic sensing machine. It uses another method to determine dryness. An orange wire connects to the base of the heating element. The timer motor is driven by power from it in auto dry. The timer motor is VERY slow. Slower than most dryer timer motors.As the clothes get dryer the heat is not needed so the element is turned off by the control thermostat which is mounted next to the skinny white fuse on the blower housing. This allows for the turtle like motor on the timer to advance. Once the clothes get to the point of dryness the heater stays off way longer and the timer motor advances on over to the cool down and carry on over to the end of cycle. So the clothes won't always be dry due to factors like lint buildup in the blower housing, venting to outside and so forth. having said that my mom bought a brand new Kenmore dryer and I set it on 55 minutes timed drying. At the end of that them clothes is still damp. I then set it to auto dry high heat and that usually gets em dry. I think the main probo with this dryer is the thermostat ain't set as high as older models to keep the heat at a moderate temp so that the limits won't blow on models in apts and such. Just a theory.
if the clothes are warm after the cycle then you need to make sure the vent to the outside of the house is not plugged if they are not warm then it is in the heating circuit of the dryer wether it be the element or a fuse will have to be tested. to dry clothes it takes heat and air flow if you dont have one of the two they will not dry correctly
Check your exit vent outside of your house... what you can do is remove vent hose on back of your dryer... run dryer and feel the air coming out of the vent right behind your dryer.. now reinstall your vent line and check outside,,, see if you feel the same or about the same air flow... if your air flow is block, then your heat will not come on regularly to dry clothes... good luck
Most likely the vent to the ouside is clogged. That would cause the initial not drying properly problem.
If the exhaust is clogged, the moisture cannot exit properly, and it ofcourse, cant dry properly.
This also caused heat build up because the vent being clogged wont allow proper airflow over the element/s and it then starts poping limit switches or worse, burning elements.
The smell was probably an overheated element resulting in the popped switch.
Some units are auto reset. Just disconnect power and reconnect.
Some are manual reset, you have to locate it and push the button. And still others are one time trip, and must be replaced. These can sometimes look somewhat like a fuse.
Trace out the wires (with power disconnected) from the elements untill you find all the limit switches. Disconnect both wires to each side of the switch and see if there is continuity accross it. If yes (the switch is closed) it is good. If not, replace that switch. Be sure to check them all if there are multiples in your unit.
you most probably have broken the belt.. needs to be replaced once i n a while in any dryer.. not that expensive to do yourself. take the numbers and go to your parts dealer.. if not the belt then a motor problem.. look for simple stuff first..