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kenmore elec.dryer wrong part in, is it OK?


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#1 mskip

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:01 PM

Recently our old kenmore elc.dryer quit (no heat, just spinning). Checked heating elem.(bad!), thermal cutoff (bad!) and thermostat (good!). Lots of lint to clean up...
Replaced all of the mentioned parts excerpt heating elem.was WRONG part (found out after install). Everything works ok.
Thermal cutoff part 279816 replaced with same new part.
Thermostat replaced with same part number (came in a kit with a thermal cutoff).
Heating elem. that I put in had part 3403590 (5000w) vs. original had part 3403585 (5400w).
Is it OK/acceptable to put heating elem with lower wattage (5000w vs. 5400w)?
This new heating elem. looks the same and it works ok (for now).
Any thougts?

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:32 PM

Dryer model number ?
i can't find any other info on 3403590 (where did you get that part and why) ?
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:18 PM

This part number (3403590) was one of 6 other part numbers that were stampe on old heater elem. On old heater elem there were following numbers:
3403593
3403590
3403589
3403588
3403587
3403586
3403585 - there was a blue dot beside this number
On old part (that was burned out!) there was 5400w stamped.
My part supplier store did not have any other part available excerpt for the one that I got (3403590 with 5000w). Dryer works ok now. What is your opinion is it ok to continue to use with this part (lower wattage)?
My guess is that old part was 5400w and now this one is a bit less (5000w) heating capacity. I did put in new thermostat (one that goes closer to heating elem) and a new thermal cutoff-those were same part numbers as the old parts.
My reasoning why I got this part is that I think all of these numbers are equivavelent/interchangable parts for other brands/model. This is old kenmore dryer probably made by whirlp./maytag and they use same heating elem in other dryers they make.
I needed this dryer fixed ASAP so my only option was this local parts supplier (high prices $$$ on any part) and had to shell out 60$ (vs.30$ online some stores).

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

The model number would really help with all this, I come up with as a sub for your original part #3403585 as part #279838 or part #3403588 which is a little bit more expensive, 60 vs 90.
I also can not come up with anything about part #3403590. Doesn't come up in my parts database. The only reference I can find is on Searspartsdirect.com and it says:

Element, heater

PART NUMBER: 3403590



This part is no longer available through the original manufacturer. No authorized substitutions have been identified.


Kinda gives me a spooky feeling now.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:20 PM

This is Canadian kenmore dryer. My part supplier is Canadian - Reliable Parts in Coquitlam , BC (that explains HIGH proces for parts!).

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:03 PM

The element you installed will work fine, but better check that venting - could have caused the old to fail
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:32 PM

Thank you all for clarification on this! So far, so good...
Any thoughts on product called linteater (dryer vent cleaning kit)?




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