Dan Haas

Kenmore dryer overheats, causing the thermal cut-off to fail

by Dan Haas
January 9th, 2011

After an initial cleaning of the exhaust between the dryer and the house, the dryer ran well and stopped heating all together. I troubleshot by following the steps below for "dryer won't heat" issues. Here are steps I took:

1) thoroughly cleaned the exhaust between the dryer and the outside
2) thoroughly cleaned the lint filter and blower area
3) replaced the thermal fuse, thermistor, thermal cut-off and high limit thermostat
4) tested the heating element w/Ohmeter. it reads right around 10 ohms, which I believe is ok

Now, I believe the dryer is overheating and causing the thermal custoff to fail. I replaced the thermal cutoff a second time and tested the dryer with it just venting into the room. Seems to work ok, but I am worried that if I put it back in service, it will overheat again.

Dryers , Kenmore , Washers
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Providing a model number will help an expert better your search. If you would like to reply to this thread I would be more than happy to assist you. Have a great day.
by afritz afritz Earned 1,250 community points in Kenmore
January 9th, 2011
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