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How do I take the bottom front panel off of my Kenmore HE2 dryer model 110.96562500?

There are no instructions in the owner's manual for how to do this. Also, there are no instructions for the F-26 error code that I'm getting.

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Lyle W
The instructions for removing the bottom front panel from your HE2 dryer are provided below.

NOTE: Be sure to unplug the dryer to completely disconnect electrical power before removing this panel. Internal metal edges in the dryer can be sharp. Protective gloves are recommended.

The F26 error code indicates a drive motor system failure. This could be caused by a broken belt. A switch on the motor would detect a broken belt and prevent the motor from running. I recommend checking for this failure first. After

unplugging the dryer

, you could use the procedure for removing the bottom front panel to check for a broken drive belt on your dryer. If you find a broken belt, replacing it should fix your dryer problem. You can order a replacement belt from the Sears PartsDirect website

searspartsdirect.com

. The part number is 661570. The procedure for changing the belt in this dryer is an extensive process. It would normally be completed by a service technician. You should only attempt this procedure if you are completely confident in your technical ability to complete the process. The procedure for changing the belt is shown in the second image below. The third image shows the removal of the top panel of the dryer and access to the electronic control board. You will need this procedure if you change the drive belt.

If the drive belt is okay, the next step in troubleshooting this fault code would be to access the electronic control board (with the dryer still unplugged). Your exact control board will look slightly different than the one in the third image below. To check the wiring and components in the motor drive system, you would need to pull the P8 and P9 connectors off of your control board. Using a volt/ohm meter, check the resistance through the circuit using the light blue wire from the P9 connector to the tan wire on the P8 connector of the control board. You should measure between 1 and 6 ohms of resistance. If you properly measure this resistance through the drive motor circuit, then the electronic control board will need to be replaced. If you measure infinite resistance, then you could have a wiring failure, a bad belt switch or a failed drive motor that is causing your problem. If you are not able to determine the problem using this technical information, I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair the dryer.

The technical information provided above is advanced and extensive. Only use the tests and procedures that you feel comfortable with. Follow electrical safety guidelines by disconnecting electrical power before accessing any internal dryer components. If you need more help with this repair, resubmit your question with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
November 19th, 2008
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