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Kenmore gas dryer won't heat up


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#1 homerhd

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:45 AM

I have a Kenmore gas dryer, lint trap in top right rear corner. Model 97274800. Tumbles fine but absolutely no heat. Worked a few days ago but no more. Please help.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:49 PM

... Model 97274800

would that be a 110.97274800 ?
 
check the white Thermal Fuse on the Blower Assembly
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if bad, then check and clean your Dryer Vents
 
Dryer Vent 4" diameter

Vent should be rigid metal.
Short lengths of flexible metal may be OK, if not crimped when moving the Dryer into place.
NO plastic
NO PVC
NO screws
Foil Duct Tape is OK.
With an empty load, Timed Dry, High Heat, the vent temperature should cycle somewhere between 135F and 160F
Check / clean the Dryer Vent
Disconnect the Dryer Vent and check for good air-flow there and where it exits the house.
Check the Vent air temperature at the back of the Dryer.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 04:46 PM

I took your advice and sure enough, the thermal fuse is no good. I jumped the leads on the fuse since it was bad so that I could check the igniter and the flame switch, both of which were ok. My vent is rigid, smooth, no screws and all connections inserting in the direction of the airflow so there's no edges to catch on. I even removed the blower box and cleaned that but it wasn't bad at all. Is it that unusual for a thermal fuse to blow when there in no restriction of air flow?

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:14 PM

unusual, but could happen

check the Vent temperatures, and see how long a new Thermal Fuse lasts ..


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:25 PM

The dryer is roughly 15 years old and this the first time the thermal fuse has been replaced. Is it possible that it could degrade over time? If nothing else, while I had it apart I gave everything a good cleaning, not that it was that bad.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:29 PM

unusual, but could happen

check the Vent temperatures, and see how long a new Thermal Fuse lasts ..


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