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dryer won't start

My Kenmore 500 series electric dryer mod# 11067532600 ser# mt4207362 won't start? Why?

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Lyle W
I recommend that you open the dryer door and see if that drum light turns on. This will indicate whether you have electrical power supplied to the dryer. If the drum light does not turn on, I recommend that you make sure that the dryer is plugged in. If the dryer is plugged in, check the house circuit breaker for the dryer outlet. Reset that breaker and see if the drum light turns on. If the drum light will not turn on, then you probably have a voltage supply problem at the outlet (unless the drum light is burned out). If you need to check the outlet with that volt/ohm meter, you can use the diagram in the second image. NOTE:

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

. If in doubt, I recommend that you have an electrician or technician check that issue. Here is a link for the Sears Service website in case you need it.

If the drum light does turn on, I recommend that you push in on the door switch and see if that drum light turns off when the door switch is depressed. If it does not, then a bad door switch is probably preventing your dryer from running. The part number for the door switch is 3406107. You can order that part from the

Sears PartsDirect

website. Here is a video that shows how to replace that switch:

Kenmore Dryer Door Switch Replacement

. Be sure that you

unplug the dryer

before accessing internal components.

If the door switch is working properly, I recommend that you check the thermal fuse. The first image below shows the wiring diagram for this dryer. The thermal is on the blower housing inside the outside back panel of the dryer. The third image below shows the location of that fuse.

Unplug the dryer

and remove the back panel to access that component. You can test the thermal fuse as shown in this video:

Thermal Fuse Testing

. If that thermal fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced. The part number for the thermal fuse is 3392519. If that thermal fuse was blown, be sure that you check the exhaust vent duct system for that clog or restriction as shown in that video.

If the thermal fuse is okay, you could have a problem with the push-to-start switch in the console. You can

unplug the dryer

and check that switch for continuity with that button pushed in a similar manner to the thermal fuse. If that start switch is bad, it will need to be replaced. The part number for the push-to-start switch is 3395385. That first video shows how to open the control console on this type of dryer. Your dryer has the clips under the console that need to be released by pushing a putty knife under each side. Be sure that you have the dryer

unplugged

when accessing internal components.

If all of those components are okay, you could have a bad timer, a wiring failure or a bad drive motor in the dryer.

These tips should help you fix this dryer problem. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

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 Kenmore
September 30th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Diagnosing Dryers can be difficult. While you wait for the expert to review your model, you can check a similar questions from a previous expert post if you like. I attached the links below. If you do decide to have a technician diagnose and make repairs, an option is to visit Sears Home Services and use the handy scheduler.
by Manage My Life
September 28th, 2011
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