Question about Kenmore 65942 Electric Dryer
This is usually caused by a motor getting too hot. The motor has a shutoff to protect it against burnout. It will reset when it gets cool. As the motor overheats more and more these shutoffs become more frequent and longer
Motors get hot for several reasons:
1. Motor going bad
2. Lint around motor causing it to retain heat
3. Vent system open at some point inside or behind case allowing heated air to remain in motor area
Follow the procedure below to disassemble and check interior of dryer. Vacuum carefully especially around and in the ends of the motor.
Disconnect Power. Lift Cover on lint filter. Remove two Phillips screws taking care NOT to allow them to fall into the blower housing. Place putty knife in the seam between the top and front panel about 2” in from either side. Push in on clip while pulling control panel forward and tilting putty knife handle up, all at the same time. Same on opposite side. Raise top all the way.
Looking down inside dryer on left and right see a 5/16” hex head screw about 6 inches down. Remove each side while holding front panel in place. Pull top of front panel about 3 inches forward from sides and then pull up. This will disengage the front panel from lower pressure clips and allow you to turn it sideways and expose the dryer interior. Reverse process to re-assemble. Take careful note of belt configuration BEFORE removing it. Draw a diagram of its travel.
Motor and idler pulley for dryer will be on right.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
Testimonial: "Sep 20, 2009 - Thanx alot for the response. Once inside the interior, I vacuumed around the motor and ends. Didn't seem especially built up with lint. After reassembling, did a few loads over a week or so with no problems. Now today, while drying, Wife opened the door to pull something out while still damp. When she closed the dryer and pressed the button to re-start....Nothing. Have waited over 45 min. and still won't start. Could it be something else? Thanx again"
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