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jrobson1960

My Kenmore is haunted!

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My Kenmore gas dryer Model 110.73932102 started acting up yesterday. My wife put clothes in the dryer and was getting ready to use it for the 1st time for that day. She pushed the start button and the dryer started as usual. She released the button and it stopped. After several attempts she went to the family room where she found me swearing at the tv set because the Rams were getting their butts kicked by the Cardinals.

Anyway, when I went to try to diagnose it the damn thing was running! Seems it had started all by itself. I opened the door to stop it. Closed the door, pushed start button, and it began to run. Released it and it stopped. Stood there scratching my head and it started to run again without touching anything!

Seems it will only stay on when it starts by itself.

John

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very odd issue.

It seems like an issue with the centrifugal motor switch getting stuck. When you push the start switch, power is applied to both the start and the run windings of the motor. when you let go, the motor will have gotten up to speed and the start winding is mechanically disconnected from the circuit leaving the run winding to power the drum and dry your clothes. The run winding is weaker than the start so it can't get the drum turning well on it's own. if you have a bad switch on the motor it will give you all sorts of greif when it comes to getting the unit running. I would suggest that since it is a gas unit, don't mess with it and call a certified tech. If it is the motor, it is one of the most expensive parts on the unit, a couple hundred. Hope it isn't but.....good luck!:)

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This is an "Even Heat" model. Generally, your symptoms indicate a problem with the circuit board in the console, although it's unusual to see an intermittent problem like yours. Our illustrious leader has some info on this issue RIGHT HERE.

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Sort of sounds like you have a motor going bad and perhaps a start switch that is sticking....???

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Did not see the board the first time I looked, even heat control board ref # 6 and the motor and heat relays 37 and 42....pull the tech sheet and see if you can run some diagnostics also...

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If this is an Even Heat model, then the board could have malfunctioned and is keeping voltage on the motor's relay. This is easy to check with your meter. The tech sheet inside the console is excellent, by the way.

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Thanks to you I have solved my problem. Upon closer examination of the circuit board I noticed a black scorched resistor on the circuit board. $94.05 later we are drying clothes again without any further problems!

The link u provided dated 12-23-05 was a great help because it directly addressed my problem.

Thanks and HAPPY THANKSGIVING Mad Mac.

John Robinson

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