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Kenmore dryer not heating

My dryer is not heating. The elemnt and limits are good. The thermister ohms out at 12ohms. Is the main control board bad?

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  • before you go any further check the outlet and make sure you are getting a full 220v
  • sometimes one side of the circuit breaker will trip causing the unit to run but with no heat.

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You need the dryer checked with a volt meter point to point to see where you are loosing the voltage. This must be done with the power on and is dangerous for someone who has no background in this type of troubleshooting. If the unit has a circuit diagram that you can read, you need to check for voltage on the circuit board. This unit operates on 240 volts and can cause serious injury if the powered terminals are touched. If there is voltage on the circuit board that going to the heating element, the board is probably good.
I think you have done about as much as you can, and maybe it is time to call a service company.

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You didn't mention checking the "cycling thermostat".
The two large terminals will be closed, and the two small ones should ohm out around 250 ohms. You also need to check and make sure you have 240 volts coming to the dryer. You could have one of the two breakers thrown. Here is the cycling thermostat in case you find it bad.
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