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My Kenmore Elite 92972100 Top Load Stacked Washer/Dryer is taking a very long time to dry. I cleaned out the exhaust hose and noticed a loose wire in the back of the cabinet. Perhaps this wire is for the thermostat? Where should the wire connect to?

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  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    Thanks for your assistance. The wire is yellow with a red stripe. I will check the website you mentioned in regards to the parts diagram. Any thoughts on the purpose of the yellow wire?

  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    The wire is yellow with a red stripe with a small connector at the end. Is this related to the sensor used by the dryer to determine the "dryness" of the clothes?

  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    I am in the US.

  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    There is a connector at the end or the wire. I will trace it back to the and see if I can determine where to connect it as a ground

  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    Model Number is 110.92972100

  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    I am in the US and the model number is 110.92972100

  • g_morales Oct 02, 2010

    Thanks to Ginko for not only advising on the issue but providing the links to the service manual and parts list.



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If the wire to the thermostat was loose or disconnected, then the dryer won't heat at all. Also the wire to the thermostat carries 110V, if that wire is hot, then there is a serious safety concern. The loose wire is probably the ground wire connected to the chassis of the appliance. This is often a green wire, but color codes may vary depending on country and connection. The wire is supposed to be connected to a screw in the chassis.

About heating problem, if there is poor heating, and air ducts and filters are clean, then a common cause is a defective thermostat. Replace the cycling and high limit thermostat.

You can get parts and diagrams entering the full model number here:Sears Parts.



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    Ginko Oct 02, 2010


    can I ask your location (US, AU, UK etc.), color codes are different depending on the country.

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    Ginko Oct 02, 2010

    Also, is the red/yellow wire terminated with a connector? In some Kenmore dryer there is a red/yellow that plugs in at the right side of the blower housing connected to the moisture sensor. In that case the wire may be responsible, since the moisture sensor determines when to end the cycle in moisture controlled cycles.
    The best way to proceed is checking the blower housing.
    If the wire is the green/yellow striped coming from power cord, then it is ground.

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    Ginko Oct 02, 2010

    Yep, if there is a connector, that is the moisture sensor.Ensure that power is always disconnected when you try accessing the blower housing. Please give me full model number (as printed on service plate), or enter model number here to get the diagram: Sears Parts.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Oct 02, 2010

    Thanks for the model number. This dryer is the correspondend of the Whirlpool Duet illustrated in service manual below (Kenmore does not build appliance, most Kenmore are re-branded Whirlpool made distributed by Kenmore ).

    Here service manual.

    Here parts and diagrams.

    Check the chapter called moisture sensor and the disassembly diagrams in the service manual. If the service manual does not download, click right button on the link Here service manual and choose save file as.

    The wire is connecting to moisture sensor, rewire it.

    If you think this solution was helpful, then please do not forget to accept.

    All the best.




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