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Kenmore Dryer (Model # 82142101) Won't Start or Turn On

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I have a Kenmore Dryer, Model # 82142101, that suddenly stopped turning on. When I turn the Start knob there is only a humming sound that lasts as long as the knob is turned. The dryer won't turn on at all.

 

Here is what I have done so far:

 

1. I have opened the top lid on the cabinet and was able to turn the drum with my hand

 

2. I have checked the belt it seems to be just fine (as it should be since I recently replaced it)

 

3. I have removed the belt from the pulley on the motor and tried starting the dryer to see if the motor would turn on and it does not change anything, therefore I believe that this removes any issues with the drum/belt binding with something

 

4. I removed the front panel of the dryer and cleaned out the lint and dirt that was there. I also turned the blower fan blades and they move although I'm not sure how freely they should spin.

 

5. I checked the thermal fuse, although I am not an electrician and I can't guarantee that I did it properly I believe I did (I did watch the video on repair clinic) and their appears to be continuity (used the audible feature on the meter and it was very audible)

 

6. Since there is a humming sound when I turn the start knob I believe that the start switch is NOT the culprit.

 

7. There is an audible click when I close the dryer door and since the start switch is working then I believe that the door switch is, again, NOT the culprit.

 

Therefore, am I safe to assume that it is related to either the blower or the motor? If not, what else could it be?

 

Either way, how should I proceed to check the possible culprits?

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looks like your missing the first 3 numbers of your model number, should be 110, 417 or 796???

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Correct model # should be 417.82142101.

 

Did you check your house fuses or circuit breakers? This is an electric dryer and you will have two 30 amp circuit breakers of fuses. If just one of them is open, you will have power to one side of the line.

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I am sorry for excluding the first 3 digits of the model #, which is 417

 

I double-checked the house circuit breaker and there is nothing blown there. The 2 30amp circuits are linked together so if 1 blows they both trip.

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I double-checked the house circuit breaker and there is nothing blown there. The 2 30amp circuits are linked together so if 1 blows they both trip.

Sometimes one will partly trip and not the other. You should turn them both off and back on again.

Then, if it doesn't start open the door and see if the drum turns freely by hand.

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I already reset the circuit breakers and that didn't fix anything. As for the drum turning, I was able to turn the drum both with and without the belt attached to the pulley. How freely should it turn?

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Indications point to an internal failure of the drive motor Part number: 131560100

Part number: 131560100

Double check the terminal block where the power cord attaches to the unit for damage that may interfere with proper voltage. On earlier models, I've seen the drive motor continue to run even on units with completely worn if not destroyed rear and front drum bearings.

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So basically I need to remove the motor, replace it with a new one and see if that works?

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 Double check the terminal block where the power cord attaches to the unit for damage that may interfere with proper voltage. 

yep

Edited by tpoindexter

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I replaced the motor with a new one and it works however now there is a constant squeaking noise that is absolutely unbearable, especially considering that the laundry closet is located in the hallway right outside the doors of everyone's bedroom I have to make it stop. Any suggestions?

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Look at the rear bearing and grease it up or change it.  Part number: AP2142648

Part number: AP2142648

   also check and oil idler pulley or change  Part number: AP3886900

Part number: AP3886900

 

Doc

Edited by Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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You can also get the dryer maintenance kit Part # 

Part number: 5304457724

Part number: 5304457724

 

It comes with the front felts, the belt, pulley, bearing kit, and instructions. Just good to do it all at the same time. If you can reach your hand inside and push up on the drum, if it moves more than 1/8" your felts need to be replaced. Takes about an hour to install the whole kit.

Edited by Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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