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sears dryer model 88042

wont heat and lights flash on panel

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Manage My Life
WOW ~ 19 Months old and I have to buy another one ? Wont be a Kenmore one then ...........
by Manage My Life
August 30th, 2011
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Lyle W
It will probably be more economical to buy a new dryer rather than repair that one.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
August 30th, 2011
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Manage My Life
The cord and the wiring harness and connectors are fried , charbroiled ...........:(
by Manage My Life
August 30th, 2011
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Lyle W
Leave it unplugged since it tripped the breaker. You could have a short in that heating element. If it smelled like burning wire insulation, then you may need to replace the dryer instead of trying to repair it. You can remove that top panel (with the dryer still unplugged) and check the wiring around the control and at the back around that heating element. Check the control board at the front of the dryer for burn marks. If you determine the location of the short and replace the failed component, then you should be able to continue to operate the dryer after repairing it. If you cannot find the short in the wiring or components, then you can either have a service technician examine the dryer or replace it. You can use the links at the top of this page to schedule service or shop for a new dryer. If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will try to assist you further.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
August 30th, 2011
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JOY POSTMA
Hi Again Lyle ~New problem with dryer !! Turned it on and it started smoking and blew the breakers !!!! Thank god I was at home !! Now what do I do ? Throw it out the door ?
by JOY POSTMA
August 30th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thanks for all your help !! Looks like it is the thermistor... so part is ordered :o)
by Manage My Life
January 12th, 2011
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Lyle W
Here is the final image that shows how to replace the thermistor.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
January 12th, 2011
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Lyle W
Thanks for the picture. The flashing lights indicate that the dryer detects a problem. I recommend that you unplug the dryer for 3 minutes to reset the control. Plug the dryer back in and try to recall the error code as shown in the first image that I provided in the above response. It may take several attempts to properly recall the error code. You can also try to enter the diagnostic test described in the second image. Use that test to check the thermistor (temperature sensor). A failed thermistor is a common problem that prevents this type of dryer from heating. The first image below provides the technical description of that component. The other images show how to access that component in case you need to replace it. I hope that this additional information helps. Reply with additional details if you need more assistance.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
January 12th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Good Morning
I have attached a photo of the front of the dryer. The start indicator light is NOT blinking and the drying, cool down, wrinkle rid and clean lint filter lights are all rapidly flashing without ever pausing ?? My husband is going to check the other things today that you mentioned above but thought I should tell you this in-case there is something else that he should check ?
Thanks !!
by Manage My Life
January 12th, 2011
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Lyle W
Here is the final image.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
January 11th, 2011
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Lyle W
Here are more images.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
January 11th, 2011
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Lyle W
The link for a previous answer shows a laundry center dryer. I am showing that this model is a free standing dryer. The blinking lights on the console usually are indicating an error code. I provided information on the error codes in the first image below. I recommend that you observe the blinking lights on the console to determine the code that is blinking. The normal procedure is to cover the START indicator light and observe the 4 vertical lights (DRYING, COOL DOWN, WRINKLE RID {or PRESS SAVER} and CLEAN LINT FILTER). Count the number of times that those lights blink and then pause. That indicates the first digit of the error code. Next, cover the 4 vertical lights and observe the START indicator light. Count the number of times that the START indicator light blinks before pausing. This indicates the second digit of the error code. You can then refer to the chart shown in the first image to decipher the error code. The error code often points to the cause of your problem.

You may just see the 5B (E5B) error code. This just indicates that the control detects that the dryer is not heating. In this situation, I recommend that you check the house circuit breakers or fuses for the dryer outlet. If the dryer is missing the L2 leg of voltage, the motor will run but the dryer won't heat. If the circuit breakers or fuses are okay, then I recommend that you check the dryer outlet voltage using a volt/ohm meter. The diagram in the 4th image shows a diagram of the voltage that you should measure. NOTE:

You should only check this live outlet voltage if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely measure it

. If the outlet voltage is okay, I recommend that you

unplug the dryer

and check the wire connection on heater relay. I provided a wiring diagram in the third image. The 5th and 6th images show how to access the back of the console to check the wire connections on the control board. The next step in troubleshooting would be to check the voltage coming out of the control board as described in the first image. If you find no problems with the wiring connections, I recommend that you check the resistance through the high limit thermostat on the top of the heating element (with the dryer still

unplugged

). That component is shown in the 6th image. It should measure near zero ohms of resistance. If it is "open" (measures Ol -- open load or infinite resistance) then it is bad and will need to be replaced.

You can order parts from the

Sears PartsDirect

website.

These tips may help you if you want to fix this dryer heating problem yourself. Several other failures could be preventing the dryer from heating and causing an error code. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details (error code being signaled).

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Washers
January 11th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Hi,
No......There is no error code. The lights just all blink at the same time on the panel. Thanks for attaching the link for me and hopefully it will be an easy fix since the dryer is only 14 months old.
by Manage My Life
January 10th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Dryer sometimes have errors when not working correctly. Was there an error code that displays? I did find a previous expert post from a previous answer for this model not heating and I attached the link below. I hope this helps while you wait for the expert to answer.
by Manage My Life
January 9th, 2011
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