Question about Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer
I have a Kenmore HE4t dryer model number 110.85862400 and it runs fine, just no heat. It is about 2 1/2 years old. Im up to replacing the part myself if anyone has an idea of which part I should replace. Thanks
The usual suspect for a Kenmore HE that runs, but doesn't heat is a thermal cut-out or the thermal fuse. Although they are a bit more resilient, in some cases the heating element itself could be bad. The way to check: 1. UNPLUG THE DRYER, FIRST. 2. Remove the bottom kick plate on the front of the dryer. 3. Remove the blower fan cover directly under the lint screen. There should be a couple of 1/4" screws holding it on. 4. Directly behind the blower fan cover on top of the blower fan housing are two components. One is the operating thermostat, and the white one is a thermal fuse. The fuse is a one-shot fuse that must be replaced if it is bad. 5. To the right is the heating element housing. There are two additional components mounted on the side of the element housing. The component furthest to the back is the thermal fuse. The one one closest to you is the hi-limit thermostat. 6. Check the continuity of thermal fuse and the thermal cut-out. They both should read a short. Additionally, check the resistance of the the heating element. The element should read something low (less than 20 ohms). 7. If the thermal fuse reads open, replace it. If the thermal cut-out is bad, replace the hi-limit thermostat with it. They are usually sold as a set. If the heating element is bad, you will need to disconnect all electrical leads and remove one 1/4" screw holding the element housing to the bottom casing. Pull the entire element housing from the dryer. Depending on model, sometimes the element slide out of the housing, sometimes you will need to remove a few screws to open it up. I hope this helps you.
Posted on May 25, 2007
The first thing you do before you even think of disassembling the dryer is to turn the breaker on your electrical panel off and then on again. The motor assembly runs on 110V so if there is a live leg on the circuit, it will run. You will think that there should be heat when in fact it takes two legs of 110V to run the heater coil. If that doesn't work proceed with the above checks. I made the mistake of buying a thermistor for $30.00 and the parts place I bought it would not take it back. If anyone needs a brand new thermisor for their Kenmore Elite Electric Dryer part# 3976615 email me at bob dash girolamo at sbcglobal dot net $15.00 US gets it and I'll stick it in an envelope first class and mail it to your address. You can Paypal me at the above email addy if interested.
Posted on Oct 27, 2009
Change the GAS VALVE COILS. Very east to do, cost about $30.
Posted on Oct 09, 2009
Check the house electrical panel for tripped dryer-circuit breaker-pair. Push off, then on. If immediately re-trips, the dryer has a dead short circuit in it. If they hold, then retry the dryer. If it now works, ok! If not, recheck the breakers as above. If tripped again, there is a likely short in the dryer's heater assembly. The drum must be removed to access the heater.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
The Sensor for heating element cut-off is bad. It wrongly detects the unit is overheated so it signals to inhibit the gas valve not to open. Since it is not opened, gas is not burnt through the manifold hence not heat why the machine is tumbling. Good luck.
Posted on Apr 19, 2010
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