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Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« on: February 19, 2013, 09:43:09 PM »
My Kenmore Electric Dryer (110.67732791) won't Start/Run (but will Heat) and makes a buzzing sound while holding the Start Switch :tickedoff: [/size]. I have 120/240 AC Voltage on the Electric Cord that attaches to the back of the dryer. The Door Switch clicks and Interior Drum Light turns Off & On when pressed. The drum turns easily both direction's. Therefore, could it be a broken Belt, Start Switch, Drive Motor or Timer :) [/size]. Also, please include instruction's on how to check the electrical component for Continuity (or Ohm's). I know how to use a Mutimeter but don't know which terminal pin's to check and what Ohm reading it should show.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013, 10:16:48 PM »
How do you know it heats if it wont start or run?
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 10:26:59 PM »
While pressing the Start Switch, I opened the Door and pushed the Door Switch with Timed Dry cycle selected and saw the Heating Element glowing in the rear part of the drum :popcorn: .

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 10:32:00 PM »

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 06:20:22 AM »
The centrifugal switch on the motor is stuck in the closed position.
May be due to a lint buildup.
You may be able to unstick it.
If not,AJ is correct....motor time.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 10:47:41 AM »
The centrifugal switch on the motor is stuck in the closed position.
May be due to a lint buildup.
You may be able to unstick it.
If not,AJ is correct....motor time.
How do I check the Centrifugal Switch to see if it's stuck (attach photo/video if available).

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 11:35:07 AM »
Sounds to me heating element shorted to ground & blew thermal fuse, check with ohm meter.

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 03:15:06 PM »
Sounds to me heating element shorted to ground & blew thermal fuse, check with ohm meter.
If the Element has continuity does that mean it's OK or should I remove/examine the Element for a broken coil.

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 03:38:31 PM »
You can check the element to ground by placing 1 meter lead on the element terminal and the other on the element housing.
Then the other element lead and housing.
The meter set for continuity should not read.
If it reads,it is broken and shorted.
The thermal fuse if bad,would not allow any sound when the start button is pushed.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2013, 03:41:24 PM »
You can check the element to ground by placing 1 meter lead on the element terminal and the other on the element housing.
Then the other element lead and housing.
The meter set for continuity should not read.
If it reads,it is broken and shorted.
The thermal fuse if bad,would not allow any sound when the start button is pushed.
Thanks for the info. O0

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2013, 04:00:16 PM »
I vote for the motor because of the buzzing sound when the start button is pressed. A switch stuck in the run position would allow voltage to the element and for just the run winding to be energized in the motor which as we know is not strong enough to get the motor tuning. Thus the buzzing sound. Also I don't think its a broken belt because it only makes this sound as long as the start button is pressed.

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2013, 04:12:42 PM »
I vote for the motor because of the buzzing sound when the start button is pressed. A switch stuck in the run position would allow voltage to the element and for just the run winding to be energized in the motor which as we know is not strong enough to get the motor tuning. Thus the buzzing sound. Also I don't think its a broken belt because it only makes this sound as long as the start button is pressed.
I'll update this post after the problem has been resolved so you can use it for reference.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2013, 06:44:10 PM »
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2013, 06:53:43 PM »
NICE VIDEO JW! So in ANY dryer, the centrifugal switch actually takes out the start winding and allows the run winding to be energized for the motor to stay running as well as ALLOW heating to begin? I was always under the impression it was ONLY for the heat to be allowed to energize... :( :D

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer won't Start/Run but will Heat
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013, 06:58:02 PM »
The cent switch does two thangs. Allows power to the heat element after it is going full blast shaboom AND takes the motor out of start windings into the run windings. When you press the start button after the motor is going nothing happens. That circuit is out of the equation. That's in all dryers that I know about.
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