Kenmore Dryer will not heat in drum
Posted 23 July 2005 - 10:15 AM
Thanks for helping in advance...we appreciate it...been unemployed, so the funds are not there to hire someone, unless last resort.
Gas dryer, front load, about 6-7 years old. Average 6-8 loads a week for a family of 5.
Symptoms: Dryer runs fine, except that no heat is making it to the drum on all settings(hot to damp dry).
Okay...the dryer blows air out of the exhaust with the pipe connected or disconnected. Took the dryer apart(top and front, and rear vent). Cleaned all lint out of dryer after taking it apart...(there was alot of lint...? How does one guage lint amount? ) This problem happened once before a few years ago and it seemed after I cleaned lint out of the dryer case and motor\circuits, it worked.
When I turned the dryer on with the top off, I noticed the glow from the flame where I assume the heating takes place. When I shut the dryer off, took off the front, and felt in the pipe that the burner is, it was hot, so I assume a flame is taking place...but for some reason, the heat is not making it into the drum.
I also reset the circuit on the circuit breaker...read somewhere to try that...I dunno.
Now, last night when I was running it during the testing phase(empty drum), I did feel a bit of slight, slight warmth in the drum. However, as I am "attempting" to dry clothes today...no warmth at all.
I read somewhere that there was 1-2 common house fuses in these dryers, but I cannot seem to find them. Is this correct...that there are fuses? Wrong?
Anyway...PLEASE help and again, really appreciate your time in this matter.
Thanks so much!
Posted 23 July 2005 - 10:17 AM
M# 417.79042991, S# XD93443117
Posted 23 July 2005 - 11:31 AM
Posted 23 July 2005 - 11:46 AM
"newbie" here though...how do i turn the vent off?
i looked for a breakdown or assembly\dissembly manual or parts diagram(what parts go where) for the dryer and cannot seem to find one...is there one online that you can point me to?
i did notice one thing...there was huge amount of lint still remaining inside the drum behind the drumwall that attaches to the rear...it looks like the lint builds up going through the holes after a period of time.
one more thing i wanted to add...we had a few storms through here early last week...but i *think* we used the dryer since then, and none of the computer's, tv's, etc. were affected by lightening...could an electricla surge affect this problem. sounds like it may just a coicidence because the solutions you are "prescribing" may not firt that scenario, yes?
thanks for the input and timely response! people like you and anyone helping people do a great service to mankind...what goes around, comes around, and if you have any computer questions(my area of expertise)...by all means, email me.
Posted 23 July 2005 - 11:49 AM
yes, before & after i cleaned it, i did that last night & today...very strong air, but no heat...i ran it for 10 minutes and no heat. i ran it wit the vent on also, and the same thing.
does this help?
Posted 23 July 2005 - 11:50 AM
Posted 23 July 2005 - 12:05 PM
yep...i disconnected the vent and nothing...even checked outside when it was connected and the air blew very stong also.
yeah...when you mentioned 20 parts...i got worried.
okay...where would the coils be in the dryer? actually, this has been interesting seeing how it works.
Posted 23 July 2005 - 12:16 PM
Posted 24 July 2005 - 04:59 PM
Okay...i did exactly like you said, and did not hear a "click".
What i did see is this...with the lights out so it is dark.
I start the dryer with the top off...and in about 3-5 seconds, the flame looks like starts and turns to a bright orange fairly quickly(I cannot see the flame directly, the drum is in the way). The flame continues to burn, until i turn the dryer off...then the flame(glow) takes about 3-5 seconds to disappear.
Does this help?
Posted 26 July 2005 - 08:06 AM
Well...here is the answer to the problem...heat sensor.
I had a local repairman come out. I did accomplish quite a bit on the dryer anyway cleaned it & learned how it worked, so all was not lost. It's just that I HAD to get this fixed that day...per the wife.
What he first did is test the coils with a meter, and they all looked fine. Then he started the dryer with the front off so he could see the flame ignite, it did, then he pulled two wire apart to kill the flame, and had me pull the plug right away. He said bad sensor and he had one in his truck.
It took him literally 1 minute to find the problem...but he did say that all the stuff I mentioned to him I got from you guys on this discussion board made the diagnosis easier. And he gave the dryer the once over, and tightened everything, checked the belt, etc...thorough inspection.
He only charged $45(trip charge) + $25 for the part...
Yeah...I would have liked to finish the job, but again, being a "newbie", I did not know how to test & don't even own a volt-meter.
Thanks for all that helped...I DID learn alot!!!!
Have a great day!
Posted 26 July 2005 - 08:51 AM
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Posted 18 December 2005 - 06:43 AM
I naievely assumed since the sensor had continuity, the problem must be a bad thermostat, so I spent the $30 for the part and replaced that, which did absolutely nothing to help me
Now that I've found this discussion, I'm thinking my problem must be this "coil" thing a couple experts here mentioned. Is there some way I can do a test to make sure this is it? I don't want to keep replacing things that aren't broken
Also - the parts "REPAIR PARTS LIST" manual that came with it lists two items that seem relevant:
5303307292 Coil Booster
Do I need both of these? And someone mentioned a different part number here for the coil? WIll that work for me and which of the above two does that replace?
Thanks!! You guys rock!
p.s. Just to reiterate, the dryer drum is spinning, igniter appears to be working, but no heat is getting to the drum and I took the top and front off and tried running it with the front off and there is no flame in the tube burner.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 07:02 AM
Posted 18 December 2005 - 10:03 AM
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:07 AM
I didn't think the igniter would work/glow if that sensor was bad, but apparently it does (based on original poster). In fact his igniter not only worked but he was even getting the gas flame - so how would one even test that sensor?
Posted 22 December 2005 - 12:55 PM
p.s. The cheaper ones worked just fine and looked pretty much exactly like the originals.
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