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Kenmore dryer timer doesnt move.

My dryer dial stopped advancing, so it would dry forever without stopping. Then awhile later, I noticed that it was no longer heating either. I think the first problem caused the 2nd problem. That is, I think it was left on too long and either the coils burnt out or the high limit thermostat was blown.

How do I approach this?

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  • eddie smith Aug 27, 2008

    What is the most likely cause of the dial not advancing?

  • eddie smith Sep 07, 2008

    Where is the timer unit located? Is it in the top of the dryer in the section where the dial is located?

  • eddie smith Sep 10, 2008

    As it turned out, the heating element was bad, not the t-stat. Also, the timer motor was bad. Thanks!

  • eddie smith Sep 15, 2008


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    Well, the t-stat may still be bad. I haven't actually fixed it yet. However,
    I do know for a fact that the heating element was bad because there is a break
    in the coils. (there was no conductivity so I examined it closely). It looks
    like it just got really old and burned through. (That's what it looks like to my
    untrained eye -- reminds me of a burned out light bulb -- the coils are all
    black, etc.)



    I'm waiting for the new timer to arrive in the mail before installing the new
    heating element.


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The timer contains a small electric constant speed motor, that advances the timer through its stages. the motor separately costs 1/2 as much as a new timer unit if you can buy it, your local parts guy may have rebuilt timer units for kenmore, popular brand.
partsselect.com or allaplicanceparts may have motors

and 2nd problem will be the hi limit thermal fuse, on the exhaoust duct internal to the dryer, small screw on device on the exhaust duct, when exhaust air reaches too high a temperature, like a blockage, they fail before a fire.
Clean the exhaust ducts all the way to the outside wall, lots of vent hoods block over time. then examin the exhaust duct for devices that look like this Kenmore dryer timer doesnt move. - 6138e08.jpg or like this 8b7e2d6.jpg with wires connected to the terminals. there may be 2(hi lo), test with a flashlilight bulb or meter conductivity good, no conductivity replace.
there are only a few different kinds the local parts guy will have them all. take the dud one for him to match.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

  • AlmostBob
    AlmostBob Sep 10, 2008

    Read your post congrats on the fix

    It is very rare for the alnico (ALuminium NIckel CObalt hi temperature alloy) heating coil to fail before the thermal fuse blows,

    unless the thermal fuse is bypassed, or been replaced with the wrong rating

    please examine the exhaust ducts inside the dryer and ensure that the thermal cutout has not been bypassed,

    It might just be bad luck, paranoia impels me to consider bad repairs.

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