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My 70 series Kenmore Dryer has a problem with the timer dial so the dryer won't even turn on. It doesn't spin totally freely, but does not make the usual clicking sound when the dial is turned. Will not start at all. It is out of warranty. Better to call a repair person, scrap it, or is it easy to fix? Thank you!

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  • lancer4ever Oct 06, 2010

    It seems odd it would be a blown thermal fuse when the timer dial is operating weirdly - such as not making the little clicking sounds as it turns. It there a connection there that would account for this? Are thermal fuses expensive? Do they have to be purchased through Sears or is it a generic part?

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The cause of such problem is usually a blown thermal fuse located on the blower housing. It is wired in series with the motor and will result in the dryer not running if it is blown. Disconnect power then remove the rear panel to access and test the continuity of the thermal fuse.
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You can bypass the thermal fuse for troubleshooting purposes if you don't have a tool for continuity testing. Tape the thermal fuse wires together or jump a wire between them then insulate them properly. Plug the dryer in then start it. The thermal fuse is indeed blown and needs to be replaced along with the cycling thermostat if the dryer runs with the thermal fuse bypassed. Do not use the dryer with the thermal fuse or any other part bypassed due to fire hazards.

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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    Jahn27 Oct 06, 2010

    Do the bypass procedure for the thermal as the first step of the troubleshooting to see if it can make the dryer work. Indicate what you have done so far to avoid advising you to do it and expedite the troubleshooting.

    The thermal fuse is a cheap part that costs about $15 or less and it's a generic part. You can purchase it either from Sears, PartsSelect, or RepairClinic. Just enter you model number and look for the thermal fuse under the parts list.


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