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Kenmore Dryer 110.92826101

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My Kenmore gas dryer, model 110.92826101 is misbehaving.  Immediately upon pushing the start button (drum is empty), the drum begins to turn and I hear the motor centrifugal switch click.  Then, almost immediately, the motor begins to labor and drop in rpm's a little and the centrifugal switch clicks again.  Next the motor rpm's seem to return to normal and the process of motor laboring / switch clicking starts all over again.  This happens about six times within about ten seconds and then the machine stops.  This happens in both the heated and air-dry modes.  The problem is also intermittent, meaning it happens sometimes for me, but all the time for my wife.  Go figure.

 

Upon first inspection the inside of the machine was covered in lint.  I've since disassembled it, vacuumed everything and re-assembled, fixing where I found a gasket failure which I suspect was causing the lint build-up inside the machine.  The motor was covered in a good amount of lint.

 

My diagnosis is a bad motor/centrifugal switch.  Prior to investing money in a new motor, I wanted to: 1) confirm that my diagnosis is most likely correct; 2) ask if I'm overlooking any other potentially bad components causing this problem.

 

Thanks!

 

Brian

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sounds like a worn-out Motor (bearings ?)

Remove the Belt and try turning the Motor Shaft by hand.

Does it turn easily, smoothly ?

Give it a spin by hand to see if it continues to spin at all.

 

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=158

 

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and i am guessing , you turned all the drum wheels and the belt pulley  by hand after removing the dryers drum ?

 

you moved all of them in and out on there shafts while turning them , looking for a frozen spot

 

placed a tiny drop of light oil on each wheel shaft and spun each one to set the oil , just for good measure ?

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As with all things, time adds clarity.  Wifey-poo ran one more load and proclaimed the dryer "dead".  Good.  "Dead" is easier to fix than "sometimes misbehaving".

 

Another inspection reveals squeaky motor bearing and difficult to turn motor shaft.  Ah, clarity.  Drum wheels all turn fine.

 

RegUS, Cactus, thanks for your input!

 

Brian

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