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Is the door interlock working properly ...........

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The dryer was probably manufactured in November 1999, according to . 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, .

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Cindy Wells

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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.

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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.

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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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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: .

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Cindy Wells

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

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Make sure lint trap is clean and air vent line is clean if they are it might be a sensor but you don't want a fire good luck

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What about it?

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Contact Sears for assistance. Online web site did not show that model, so you may need for assistance if model is no longer available.

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Without knowing which model you own, suggests possible problems, which may involve paying a service technician to identify and replace a faulty part.


Kenmore Dryers | 128 views | 0 helpful votes search gives several method to unlock the dryer, depending upon which model you have.

Example of one model dryer:

"To lock the controls between or during cycles, press and hold the Add Steam button for S seconds. LOC

will be displayed if you attempt to wake up a "between

cycle" locked unit and LOC will alternate with

cycle time remaining in a "during cycle" locked unit.

Repeat to unlock the controls when you are ready to operate the dryer. Use this feature to reduce the likelihood of accidental operation by children."

There were several FIXYA questions in the past on this message, depending on the model you own:

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