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Auto Dry not advancing

Kenmore model# 110.70812990

When set to auto dry, the dryer will heat properly but the knob will not advance at all to allow shut off.
The knob does advance in timer, but somewhat slow and will take longer than the current time, but eventually will end the cycle properly.
All other operations are working properly as far as the dryer shutting off when door is opened or when knob is moved to off position.

Have checked for an inline fuse only to see none in existance unless there is some sort of fuse inside the knob housing.

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  • don0017 May 30, 2008

    Sry...Meant to type in inline resistor

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It sounds like a timer problem since it happens during timed also. Some dryers don't have an actual moisture sensor for auto dry. They work by knowing that as long as the clothes are wet the temp won't go past a certain point. As the clothes dry it trips a thermostat that lets the timer advance. Until this is fixed DON"T trust the timer to shut off the dryer. Sometimes it won't or could leave the dryer running for hours. This has nothing whatsoever to do with fuses. There are no fuses in a dryer. Just high limit thermostats and other devices that will shut off the heat but usually not the motor.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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