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Kenmore Gas Dryer 70956990 -- The dryer tries to

Kenmore Gas Dryer 70956990 -- The dryer tries to kick on but just hums then kicks off thern about a minute later its tries to kick on again - door switch Ok - The motor seems to be free and the drum moves OK (all with the belts attached and connected - moved with the blower wheel

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  • ceasariam Jun 02, 2010

    Thank you! I appreciate the help. My best bet is to have it done then.



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It is definitely not a belt issue; otherwise no humming noise is heard from the motor since a switch which is wired in series with the motor circuit is being activated by the belt by means of a lever. The motor never runs without the belt on. The issue is rather with the motor being the rotor locked when the motor is turned on. The may seem free when not turned on. It can be verified by opening the dryer door then activating the door switch manually. Push and hold the door switch and start the dryer then turn the drum manually while still holding on the door switch. It is indeed a locked rotor issue if the drum does not turn freely and the motor (part number 279787) needs to be replaced. Otherwise, check the belt for slippage especially when the blower wheel turns but not the drum.

The cyclic attempt of the motor to kick in is normal indicating that the relay on the electronic dryness control is working.

Posted on Jun 01, 2010

  • ceasariam Jun 02, 2010

    I tried you suggestion. The drum does move but not freely. it is a litle tight and the mototr does not kick in. I did hear a click then and the whole motor seemed to kick off. Is it hard to replace the mottor? Do i go in from the back or the front?

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    Jahn27 Jun 02, 2010

    Replacing the motor is the most difficult repair task with a dryer regardless of make and model as it requires a complete tear down of a dryer. Access to the motor requires the removal, in particular order, of top cover, front panel, toe panel, drum, and the blower wheel.



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