Question about Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer
My light bulb burned out. It won';t start, just get 3 short beeps. I tried testing the thermal fuse as you sugessted (bypassing it) and no change. Could be the door switch. When I enter diagnostic mode, I don't get an 88 on the front panel as the paperwork indicates, I get a 4E (not flashing). Opening and closing the door does not make it beep (again, could be that switch). Any idea what the 4E indicates?
Our whirlpool duet (over 6 yrs old) stopped turning on after the light bulb blew. The control options still allowed us to choose a setting but blinked and beeped when we tried to press start. After researching online, we found that this is because the dryer thinks the door is open even though it was closed. Apparently when the light bulb blew it drew enough of a current to fuse the switch that senses door closure. My husband first checked the switch for continuity and it was fine (using a OHM meter). If you don't know how to do that, or don't have an OHM meter, you can just try what we did: After unplugging the dryer, my husband pulled the door switch out, disconnected the wire leading to the light bulb (in our case the tan wire) made sure the other wires were connected and pushed it back into place. We plugged it back in a voila...it works just fine. If the switch is bad, the part can be easily ordered through Searspartsdirect.com. It is part #8519323 (also known as part number 8283288). This comes with both the knob and the wiring. Was about $20 plus shipping.
Posted on Dec 21, 2011
Thank you sooooo much for that info. The burned out bulb caused the current to fry the control panel console. Just spent 200 on a new control console ( which is the complete front panel). Installed it and pushed the button and three beeps, checked the door switch and still three beeps. Went into diagnostic and had the 4E code.
After reading you post about the bulb, I simply removed the factory bulb which was burned out, now the dryer works fine.
We had this dryer for 7 months when the bulb initially burned out. Couldn't figure out the problem so we kept the dryer thinking a solution would come up eventually. Sears refused to help us back when it initially broke down.
This info needs to be passed on to any owner of this model dryer.
Posted on Sep 15, 2011
My HE4 dryer failed in a similar manner. What happened is that when the light bulb blew it drew so much current it fused the switch that senses door closure. The repair man replaced the bulb and loosened/'un-stuck' the switch (did not replace it). I believe the beeps are that the dryer thinks the door is open, even when its is closed. The repair man said this was a common problem. He also said something about the factory bulb made this failure possible, replacement bulbs fail without drawing so much current.
Posted on Aug 19, 2008
The three short beeps could be part of the fault code. Check the owners manual and there are diagnostic sheets on the inside of the machine. I cannot find this fault code in my data base. What is the Model and Serial Number of your Dryer. Check the Power inside the machine at the power cord power connections. You should have 120V from both power terminals to the common terminal. There should be 240 Volts across the main power terminal. Another quest replaced the power cord. Hope to hear some good news soon.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
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Several different problems could prevent your dryer from running. Make sure that the door is firmly closed and hold down the start button for a couple of seconds to start the dryer. If you hear a click from the control board then the door switch and the control board are likely okay. You could have a blown thermal fuse or a broken belt in the dryer. To check these components,unplug the dryer and remove the bottom front service panel as shown in the first image below. With this panel removed, you can tell whether the drive belt is broken. If the drive belt is okay, I recommend checking the thermal fuse. This fuse is located on the blower housing as shown in the second image below. It will have light blue wires attached. To test the fuse, remove one wire and measure the resistance across the leads of the fuse with a volt/ohm meter. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity). If you measure infinite resistance, then the fuse is blown and will need to be replaced. You can verify that this is your failure by taping the contacts of the light blue wires together with electrical tape to "bypass" the thermal fuse. Reassemble the dryer and see if the motor runs with this fuse bypassed. If it does, then this verifies that the blown thermal fuse prevented the dryer from running and that this was the only failure. NOTE: Do not continue to run the dryer beyond this brief test with the thermal fuse bypassed. This component must be replaced. It is an important safety feature of the dryer.
You can order a new thermal fuse from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number is 3392519.
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