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Dryer ( Kenmore series 80) runs but does not Heat. Checked the heating element, TCO, Hi-Limit thermostat, thermal fuse and the cycling thermostat. all appear okay. Where else could the problem be? Thanks,

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  • andrewi Dec 30, 2010

    my outlet has 4 recepacle pins. 2 flat opposite each other and then 1 round and 1 'L' shaped perpendicular to the flat ones. across which ones do i check. I had originally checked across the 2 flat and that was 240v.


  • andrewi Dec 30, 2010

    I checked across each hot ( the flats prongs) and either neural/ground and one side is easy to get 120v but the other is harder. I then turned on the dryer and checked the heating element terminals and that is showing zero! should that not be 220V?

  • andrewi Dec 30, 2010

    Ok. did a few more check. Where the power cord comes into the machine there is a I plugged in the dryer cord to the wall and checked at the connector and there is 220v there. so it appears as though 220v is coming in the machine. However, I turned the dryer on and I checked the high-limit thermostat and got a zero reading just like at the heater terminals. Just to make sure, I also checked the Cycling thermostat and it showed the proper 120V. so it appears we are not getting anything at the heater terminals and hi-level thermostat.


  • andrewi Dec 31, 2010

    I do not get any voltage with the dryer plugged in from either heater connector to ground but once **** turned on then I get 120v from either connector to ground.
    I unplugged the dryer and disconnected one side of each of the thermostats, fuses, etc, Once connected to the meter the meter jumps to a number and fluctuates a bit then settles on zero except for one. When I check the TCO the meter does not move from the starting position of 1. I also noticed that the clip on connector to the TCO has a slight burnt mark on it but the wires are fine. Is the TCO the problem?

  • andrewi Dec 31, 2010

    I don't see my last reply showing up... did you get it.

    Its says I get no movement on my meter when testing the TCO but movement on all other components that settle to zero.

    Am I not supposed to see the replies to you?




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You are probably missing one leg of your 220 at the plug or screw terminal. BE CAREFUL THE VOLTAGE CAN HURT YOU. One leg is used for lights, panel power. Both legs together give 220vac for heating element power.

  • Remove power plug from wall...then check the wall outlet for 220 vac. / I \ from outside to inside conductor should be 120 vac on both sides ....from outside to outside conductor should be 220 vac.
  • If you have the voltage at the wall outlet ...check behind the plate where power cord is attached to dryer. Sometimes I have found a loose screw terminal would actually create enough heat to burn and make a bad electrical connection.
  • check this out and let me know how it goes.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

  • neil osborn Dec 30, 2010

    Has your dryer been working okay in this location?
    Make sure that dryer is disconnected.
    Are you checking the thermostats and fuses with one side disconnected? Sometimes ohms measurements can be misread if one side is not disconnected. If you do not isolate the part you are measuring you will be measuring all the other components in that circuit.

    • did you check the resistance of the heater? Be sure to disconnect one side first.

    • after you check the ohms on the thermostats, and thermal fuse.

    • plug dryer in

    • check one side of heater to ground, it should be 120vac without dryer cycle turned on. This is one leg of the 220. The 120 on one side does not heat up the element. its waiting for the other side from the timer control.

    • now check voltage from one side of heater to ground for 120ac when timer cycle is turned for a normal heating cycle.

    • you may well have a bad timer....WARNING!!! I cannot verify 100% that that is what it is.



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