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My electric Kenmore Evenheat dryer intermittently wasn't producing any heat. Recently, it stopped heating altogether.

I tested all of the possible components with a multimeter per the tech sheet (including the temperature selector switch) and found that only the heating element didn't check out. Replaced that with a brand new part, but still no heat. Then I replaced all the other cheap & easy stuff (new thermal cut-off, new high limit thermostat, new thermistor, new thermal fuse), but still no heat. Then I replaced the more expensive stuff (new Evenheat control board, new motor because I thought maybe the actuator was faulty), but still no heat.

What else could possibly be wrong? The dryer runs fine, but just doesn't heat up.

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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 08:23:34 AM »
Hi uvalaw,

Please post the model number of your dryer.

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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 09:22:09 AM »
Check and see if you have 240 volts coming out the wall receptacle. You probably have a bad circuit breaker.
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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 06:15:00 PM »
Hmmm, let's see, was working intermittently then stopped heating. After you check for 240 volts at the wall plug as JW suggested, have a look at the power cord where it attaches to the back of the dryer.
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Sorry, the model # is 110.63942101.
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2009, 07:28:07 AM »
I checked the power with a multimeter and it's good.

I just swapped the motor relay with the heater relay, since the motor was running fine before. Now the motor will only stay on if I hold the start button in and the heater element still isn't firing up when I'm doing that (i.e., holding the start button and letting the motor run).

Is this a definite sign that my problem is the relay? I'm figuring that if it was the relay (and I'm guessing that it was, since now the motor's not running on its own), then the heater element should still stay on as I'm forcing the motor to run. Or am I wrong?

I hope I'm wrong and that I've finally isolated it to the relay!

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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2009, 07:48:44 AM »
There you go! Bad heat relay.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2009, 07:51:06 AM »
Repair-man: So you are saying that even if I now hold the button and force the motor to run, the heater element is not supposed to fire up in this situation?

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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2009, 10:15:37 AM »
I believe I read both relays are interchangable. So replace that faulty relay. I was reading an earlier post about swapping these relays:
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=3838.msg15245#msg15245
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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2009, 10:32:16 AM »
Update: I removed both relays and tested the coil resistance. Both showed infinite resistance. Could it be that BOTH relays are bad? If so, then how would the motor still run normally?

I then did a live test with the dryer running in heated dry. The relay connected to the heater circuit showed 0vDC at the coil terminals and ~200vAC.

I'm not sure what this means exactly...
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Re: Kenmore Evenheat - no heat even after replacing EVERYTHING!
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2009, 11:32:51 AM »
The coils may be ok but the points inside the switch itself is burned up due to the heaters high amp draw.
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