Question about Kenmore Dryers
The most common cause of a dryer that will not turn on, is a blown thermal fuse, bad power cord, or a broken drum belt. If the voltage at the wall receptacle is correct, check the voltage again at the terminal block where it connects to the dryer. Make sure you UNPLUG the dryer and remove the the small access cover where the power cord is installed. If good, the problem is INTERNAL to the dryer. If bad, you need to replace your power cord.
If the problem is internal, the thermal fuse will be mounted on the blower fan housing. It is a small plastic looking component (usually white in color) with two wires attached to it. Disconnect the wires before taking any resistance checks. If the fuse is good, it should read something close to zero ohms. If bad, you will read an infinite reading. These fuses DO NOT reset and must be replaced if bad.
Some dryer's are equipped with a "Broken Belt Switch", that disables the dryer from running if the drive belt breaks. This keeps the belt from becoming wrapped around the drive motor shaft and causing damage to the motor. Since you did not include a model number, I cannot verify if your dryer is equipped in this manner.
Another cause of a dryer that will not turn on, is a broken door switch. An easy method to test the switch is to open the door and press by hand. If the dryer drum light is working, you should be able to toggle the light on and off. If the switch is found to be defective, it must be replaced.
Replacement parts can be purchased at any of the following websites:
All these sites are reputable and have competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations that you can use to locate and properly identify any parts you may need. If the model number is correct, the part number you may need are as follows:
If you have any questions about these repairs, or need instructions on how to access any of these components, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Oct 06, 2010
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