20 Most Recent Kenmore 72872 Gas Dryer Questions & Answers


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The cycling or operating thermostatis often the problem when a dryer runstoo hot, but there are also other things that can make it run hot also.

Here is a tip that I wrote that gives more details about why a clothes dryer will get too hot.

Clothes Dryergetting too hot

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Kenmore 72872... | Answered on Aug 14, 2011


The problem is either of the cycling thermostat, high-limit thermostat or the gas valve solenoid coils sitting on top of the gas valve assembly. Disconnect power then verify any of these condition by bypassing the thermostats. Refer to the image below and locate the thermostats.
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Note: This is an image of an electric dryer but the thermostat and the thermal cut-off (cut-out) locations are the same.

Disconnect each of the thermostat wires then connect and insulate them properly. Once done, reconnect power and start the dryer. The gas valve solenoid coils are indeed faulty and both need to be replaced if the problem still persists. Click here for the procedure in replacing the solenoid coils.

Gas Valve Solenoid Coils Replacement Procedure

Either or both of the cycling thermostat and the high-limit thermostat are malfunctioning if the dryer continues to heat up with the thermostats bypassed. Disconnect power then reconnect the cycling thermostat wires but keeping the high-limit thermostat bypassed. Reconnect power then start the dryer. The high-limit thermostat is the culprit if the dryer continues to heat up. If not, then the cycling thermostat is the culprit.

Also do the other way; that is reconnecting the high-limit thermostat wires but keeping the cycling thermostat bypassed. The cycling thermostat is the culprit if the dryer continues to heat up. If not, then the high-limit thermostat is the culprit.

Replace the faulty thermostat and it should solve the problem.

Kenmore 72872... | Answered on Nov 09, 2010


Hi, If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heatingthe most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glowssometimes it is still not working properly. if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip.... If you have an electric dryer, you can have many differentthings that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat. check out this electric no heat tip...

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Kenmore 72872... | Answered on Oct 11, 2010



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If your dryer is not heating, then check if the power cord is plugged into the wall. It may be loose or disconnected. Inspect the fuses and circuit breakers they may have burned out or tripped. Usually, dryer will still tumble but not create heat if a fuse or a circuit breaker is not working. Now, check whether the heating element in your gas dryer is burned out by using an ohm meter to check for continuity. If the continuity is not there then you would need to replace the element. After checking the element, check out the thermal fuse to see if it's burned out. The thermal fuse is attached to the exhaust duct on the back panel of the gas dryer. It's usually surrounded by a black resin material situated in a housing made of white plastic. If the fuse looks like it

Kenmore 72872... | Answered on Sep 20, 2010


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If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heating the most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glows sometimes it is still not working properly.

if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip....

If you have an electric dryer, you can have many different things that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat.

check out this electric no heat tip...


heatman101

Kenmore 72872... | Answered on Sep 04, 2010


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Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Nov 11, 2020


I have no experience of this but taking a flying guess - the moist air being expelled from the dryer is condensing inside the vent hose and probably running back into the dryer.

To avoid complex solutions the vent hose should ideally be travelling downhill to the vent.

If it is impossible to change the geography an improvement might be made by insulating the hose and vent, fitting a water trap/drain and raising the ambient temperature the dryer is operating in.

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Nov 06, 2020


Inadequate airflow can cause overheating. Make sure you have adequate space around the dryer (see owner's manual) so air can get in. Verify that the duct between the heater and the drum is clean, especially right at the holes in the back of the drum. I often find clumps of charred lint here; it gets pulled in from outside of the dryer, or from leaky ducts inside the dryer. Clean out the path between the drum and the lint trap, and the duct from the trap to the blower. Also, check the path from the blower outlet to the outside exhaust. Even with the lint trap, an amazing amount of stuff can build up in there. Sometimes the exhaust duct gets blocked by plants, dead animals, or nests (wasp nests are especially nasty).

If you have a poor connection to the high-temperature cutout, the connection itself can get hot enough to blow it. Generally this is easily visible as burned insulation on the wire at the connector, and a heavily oxidized connector. If this is the case, get a high-temperature replacement slip-on connector, and strip the wire back to good insulation to install the new connector.

If all of that is clear, the auto-sensing (low temperature) thermostat may have welded contacts. My favorite way to test for that is to remove it from the dryer and put it in an electric skillet (connections facing upward!), turn the skillet temperature to a few degrees above the trip point temperature, then measure continuity on the thermostat when it's hot to make sure it opens (if the indicator on the skillet control is working, that will tell you when to do the test). Just be sure you don't melt your meter's test leads or burn your fingers on the skillet or thermostat. If the thermostat still has continuity when it's heated above the trip point, replace it.

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Sep 11, 2020


The dryer was probably manufactured in November 1999, according to http://www.appliance411.com/service/date-code.php . The serial number's J translates to the manufacturing year. The subsequent 45 indicates the unit was built in the 45th week of 1999. The copyright date for the manual is 2000, https://c.searspartsdirect.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0712266.pdf .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Aug 15, 2020


You did not post the model number but it is most likely the heating element that has failed if this is an electric unit.

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Jul 25, 2020


As a test, try a lower temperature setting and see if problem still occurs.

Does the dryer seem to radiate more heat than usual? If yes, then the heating element relay may be stuck closed. Or there could be severe blockage inside dryer itself.

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Jun 24, 2020


When your dryer stopped spinning it is most likely caused by a broken belt, you can reach to the drum and try turning it by hand and if it spins easily, the belt is probably broken or slipped off. A not spinning dryer can be also due to a faulty drum roller. In rare cases the motor is faulty and the dryer won't spin.

I got this from https://www.electrafixbc.ca/appliances/dryer.html
Check it out for more info on your dryer drum issue. Good luck!

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Jun 20, 2020


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll0wbqj5gNo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSkReqML_IM

The "thermal limiter" for the dryer is located on the inside wall of the rear panel of the dryer. You will need to remove the top of the dryer to access the "thermal limiter".
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Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Apr 19, 2020


The Kenmore 417.81102003 was built by Frigidaire. The E61 error usually means a problem with the heater relay or the wiring. The E64 error indicates the problem may be the heating element or the wiring. To further diagnose the problem, you need to unplug the dryer and disconnect the exhaust hose. Then use the trouble-shooting sheet and wiring diagram that is usually inside the machine. (Often the sheet is inside the unit behind the control panel and accessed after removing part of the back). You will need a multi-meter to check for resistance and continuity across the relay, element and wiring.

The parts list and a copy of the wiring diagram is available here: https://www.searspartsdirect.com/model/4yud5cg7hp-000583/kenmore-elite-41781102000-dryer-parts .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Kenmore Dryers | Answered on Mar 31, 2020

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