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I have Kenmore 70 series dryer (Model: 110.68712894) that is currently not working. If I press the start button, the drum does not turn and I don't believe it gets hot. I can hear the timer ticking when the dryer is on the timed setting. I can also hear a slight (very low) crackling or humming. I have taken the lid off and the belt seems fine.

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  • llanning Aug 03, 2010

    That was great Phil. Thank you!



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Since you can hear a noise from the timer that eliminates a lot of items.

The most likely suspect that has gone bad is a thermal fuse (see image below with part number).

This is located on the back just to the left of the vent opening. Unplug the dryer and take the vent pipe off. Remove the back cover and you will see this device with 2 blue wires attached. You can use an ohm meter to test the part, it should read 0 ohms or closed. You can also carefully jump across it to see if the dryer will start with it bypassed.

If this part is okay then the next likely suspect is the start switch itself. You can test it the same way, hold the switch down and take an ohm reading or carefully jump it to test.

The last part and least likely is the motor itself. If this is bad you are at the point where I would invest in a new dryer. But the motor can be replaced if you wish.

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Posted on Jul 29, 2010

  • llanning Aug 03, 2010

    Thanks Phil! That was exactly the issue. I was able to jump across the fuse and the dryer worked. I have orderd the part. Another individual, who happens to work on appliances, told my wife that when the thermal fuse goes it is best to replace the other fuse because it will often go out within a couple weeks of the thermal fuse. Do you have any idea what "fuse" this other person might be talking about? Does that make any sense?

  • Philip Aug 03, 2010


    The other 'fuses' they are talking about would be the Cut Off fuse, Hi Limit thermostat and operating thermostat.

    The rule of thumb is the cut off and high limit go together.

    The thermal fuse and the operating thermostat go together.

    It is good to look over and clean what you can while back there as air flow can be a leading cause of these thermal (heat related) devices to go. If you are to replace another part with the thermal fuse the only one that would be necessary would be the operating thermostat, that is the one right next to the thermal fuse, the part number should be on it.

    I hope this helps!




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