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Dryer won't heat

It tumbles but will not heat. I have replaced the heating element twice in the last 5years.

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  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    my kenmore 80 series dryer model # 11070812990. heating coil? heats up gas kicks on, flame kicks on for 10 min. flame goes off. coil heats up no flame for rest of cycle. on the high "cotton" setting. when set at say 40 mins. what do i do?

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Hi Aaagh,

First, it is too bad Sears isn't what they used to be when it comes to services and warranties.

Second, if you've had to replace your element twice in five years and I guess you don't want to again, the issue is in an area that is considered rather dangerous to tinker with and complicates your options.

Third, then... do you consider your user skills high enough to mess around with high power energy power transformer circuits? Working around your source problem MAY KILL YOU.

This is where you are having failures. And, as a result and because of the need to drain off the stored energy in the power transformer I can't emphasize enough that it can kill you if you DO NOT know your way safely around these electrical components.

Why is this happening to you? Probably because you have had power brown outs while drying clothing and the transformer circuits has had to compensate and try and try to provide enough energy to keep your element hot that the brown outs have over taxed your dryer power supply and just given up or completely failed.

You may have also had power spikes going to the transformer that have at first created an abnormal burden on the transformer that it has now lost the integrity of its engineered physics and has had a complete failure of a critical component.

Realize, this is only a guess AND you will need a qualified service technician to replace this expensive component.

That said, and re-emphasizing that you must know what you are doing around these components or they will kill you, you may be able to find a replacement part from an appliance parts supplier who may or may not sell it too you based on the same issues of safety I just emphasized. And, your local laws may only allow a licensed electrical contractor to purchase this type of part.

In the end, I believe you need to address why your power in the home is doing this to your dryer and it is probably affecting your other high energy appliances in the home too. It comes down to this:
a.) you may not have enough energy in the circuit feeding your dryer.
b.) the circuit supplying your dryer has another high energy appliance on it such as an electrical water heater which should be on another circuit.
c.) you probably could use a "Whole House Power Surge Protector". The surge protectors are installed, by licensed electrical contractors only, depending on local laws. And, they run around $200. Since they cover all circuits in your home they are generally worth it if power in your neighborhood is weird.

If you have natural gas in your area going for a natural gas dryer will be a better investment in the long run.

Lastly, your homeowners insurance may cover you or have coverage for this high cost damage. You may also be able to change over to energy efficient appliances through your Energy Company as they may have a program for converting appliances to Energy Star qualified. They will usually do a survey for you for free however, but there may be a waiting line to get into their free swap over programs.

Please rate this reply to your problem. Even though this is really bad news I've given you and do not suggest you do this yourself, if it gives you a starting point to proceed in the right direction PLEASE rate this as fixed. I'll be most happy to help you further if you need it. Just click on my user name and then Ask Me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Hoping this has fixed your problem,
Worldvet

Posted on May 14, 2008

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