Kenmore Dryer Repair Tips


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Silky blouse, diapers, muddy sleeping bag from that camping trip, or any other laundry you have a Kenmore washer and dryer can handle it. And Kenmore is certainly a name with a reputation you can trust. But occasionally you will need a Kenmore dryer repair. Great news parts are readily available.

Here are a 6 of the more common parts you might need to invest in over time.

1. Tune Up Kit

A tune up kit has the 3 parts that generally have to be replaced every 5 year or so. The kit has a new belt, new idler puller, and new drum support rollers. It is even complete with instructions on how to do the replacement.

2. Element Kit

Comes with terminal adapters as well as the element.

3. Thermal Fuse

In the later models you will find that there is a short element in the lower half of the burner box which also houses the thermal fuse which may occasionally need replacing.

4. Gas Dryer Igniter

If your dryer isn’t throwing any heat you should check the igniter to make sure it hasn’t stopped working. It’s a quick and easy fix.

5. Gas Valve Coil Kit

Repair your gas valves for a fraction of the cost of replacing.

6. Thermal Cuttoff Kit

Includes the hi-limit thermostat and the thermal fuse.

If it isn’t working at all there are a few things you can try.

1. No Power

Make sure that the power cord is plugged in. Unplug and plug it back in. Check the breakers to make sure it hasn’t tripped or that a fuse is not blown. You can also use a volt meter to check the plug itself to make sure there is power going to the plug.

2. Door Switch

In the door is a switch or sensor that when you close the door it presses against a lever which then activates a door switch which allows the dryer to start up. If that lever becomes broken the switch can’t activate and then the dryer can’t start. You may need to replace this lever.

3. Thermal Fuse

Almost every dryer on the market has a thermal fuse. This fuse will burn out if the dryer overheats. When this happens one of two things occur. The dryer either completely stops working or it runs but it doesn’t throw any heat. You will usually find this fuse under the vent duck inside the dryer. If the fuse is blown you will want to replace it.

4. Defective Timers

Occasionally the timer on a dryer can be defective so that even if you have turned the dryer on it doesn’t recognize the motion and thus the dryer doesn’t start.

And here are some great tips to help you determine what’s going on with your dryer.

1. Gas Valve Coils

If the igniter glows but it shuts down before it ignites the gas the coil is either worn out or defective. Replace both of the coils.

2. Flame Sensor

The flame sensor can become worn and need to be replaced. You will find the sensor located near the igniter.

3. Vents

Lint gathers inside the dryer so check the vent hose and vent itself to make sure there are no clogs. You also need to make sure you regularly clean out the vent in the dryer as it will reduce the efficiency of the dryer and increases the fire risk.

4. Thermostat

A dryer has a thermostat that regulates the heating cycles and if your dryer isn’t heating properly this is the most common cause.

5. Thermal Fuse

If the dryer overheats the thermal fuse will burn out with means your dryer will either not run at all or it will run but not throw any heat. Replace it.

6. Igniter

The igniter is very fragile so it can easily become broken. Replace if necessary.

These Kenmore dryer repair tips are a great place to start. If that doesn’t work perhaps it’s time to call a Kenmore repairman. But why not try your hand at a repair first?

Timothy has owned and operated his own laundry mat for the past 25 years. Consequently, he is also a part-time washer and dryer repairman and with , he gives reviews of portable washer and dryers and states common problems that he encounters with each one, with solutions!


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