Dryer Repair

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DIAGNOSTIC INSTRUCTIONS
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HELPFUL HINTS AND DIAGNOSTIC ADVICE BELOW AND
TROUBLESHOOTING SUGGESTIONS FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS.
SEE PHOTOS OF COMMON WHIRLPOOL AND KENMORE CLOTHES DRYER REPAIR TECHNIQUES.
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Some of the General Diagnostic Repair Tips presented below may also apply to your,
GE, Maytag, Amana,  Magic Chef and Frigidaire clothes dryers

Kenmore Dryer Parts
Whirlpool Dryer Parts

Caution:

The diagnostic help out lined below is intended to be used only by professional appliance repair technicians.

If you are attempting to repair your clothes dryer yourself, be aware that you are working with potential dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious injury or death. Be aware that appliance parts have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious injury or death.

Always remove the power source from the unit you are working on. Unplug it! When unplugging or removing power source, double check to make sure you removed the proper cord or turned off the proper breaker when tightening part, make sure that if the tool you are working with or your hand slips, you will not be injured by sharp or ragged edges.

Keep children and pets away from working area and disassembled washer parts. Be aware that there are other hazards involved in appliance repair, besides those listed above that may cause serious injury or death. Use extreme caution when installing or removing parts.

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Did you know quite often you may repair your kenmore or whirlpool dryer
for as little as $7.95 plus about 15 minutes labor?
a common malfunction is the thermal fuse. When it gets to hot it will cause unit
to cease running and not start again. These thermal fuses are not on all machines,
they are on most units made sine 1986.


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The information given below is general in nature and should not
be construed to be all inclusive nor necessarily applicable
toward your particular machine.
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Some of the dryer brands listed above may be made by a different
manufacturer in which case these general repair instructions
may not apply.

 

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TO ACCESS INSIDE OF CABINET REMOVE TWO SCREWS SHOWN BELOW.
THEN USE PUTTY KNIFE OR SCREWDRIVER TO PRY LID UP.
PULL LID TOWARD YOU WHILE PRYING WILL HELP.
THEN REMOVE SCREW ON INSIDE OF CABINET. ONE ON EACH SIDE.
SEE RED ARROW. THESE INSTRUCTIONS APPLY TO SOME DRYERS THAT DO NOT
HAVE A KICK PLATE.
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IF YOUR WHIRLPOOL DRYER, KENMORE DRYER  HAS A KICK PLATE,  PROCEDURE MAY BE
DIFFERENT. SOME PARTS CAN BE ACCESSED & REPAIRS MAY BE MADE AFTER
REMOVING KICKPLATE. KICK PLATE CAN USUALLY BE REMOVED WITH PUTTY
KNIFE BY PUSHING IN ON TWO RETAINER CLIPS AT TOP OF KICKPLATE WHILE
GENTLY PULLING KICKPLATE TOWARD YOU. (SOME MODELS SINCE 1995)
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SOME NEWER MODELS YOU MAY HAVE TO FLIP CONSOLE FACEPLATE BACK TO
REMOVE SCREWS THAT ALLOW YOU TO REMOVE TOP AND THEN REMOVE
FRONT PANEL.

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KENMORE DRYER REPAIR
WHIRLPOOL DRYER REPAIR

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REP-DRY-INSIDE-150x150After removing screws (red arrow) pull panel toward you a couple inches, then lift up.

Check breaker box in house. Electric (220 volt) dryer has two 110 volt circuits,  motor (will) run and not supply voltage to element if one circuit is not on. This is usually a 30 amp double throw breaker.  Flip off and on to test even if it looks like it’s on.

This is a common problem, especially in the summer.

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Most common

Dryer runs, does not heat – problems
KENMORE DRYER REPAIR  *  WHIRLPOOL DRYER REPAIR
  1. Dryer element is shorted.  (has break in coil.)
    Replace element (dryer element should show continuity with ohm meter.) Looking at back, element is located on right hand side in. Long metal housing (most models). Housing must be removed from unit and element must be removed from housing to inspect. Heater element housing has 3 1/2 metal strap at top that secures it. Strap must be removed. Most common element part #4391960.
  2. Thermal fuse is blown. Located on back. Cover must be removed. This thermal fuse should show continuity when checked with ohm meter. Dryer replacement part #279769.
  3. Dryer hi limit thermostat may be blown. This t-stat should show continuity with ohm meter provided it is cool. Most of these limits are either 250 degree shut off (l250) or 290 degree (l290) older models.  T-stat limit part is located near bottom of heater housing.
  4. 01REP-DRY-FUSE2Operating thermostat may be blown. This t-stat should show continuity with ohm meter provided it is cool. This t-stat limit is located on blower housing. If there is only one limit it is usually a 145 degree limit (l145). Older units may have two or three limits. These are usually dryer repair parts (l135), (l145), (l155).
Less Common - Dryer running, not heating

WHIRLPOOL DRYER REPAIR  *  KENMORE DRYER REPAIR

  1. Dryer timer is defective.
  2. Switch on dryer motor is defective.
  3. Temp switch on console is defective.
  4. Solid state circuit board is defective (very few models have board).
  5. Dryer power cord defective.
  6. Terminal block (where power cord connects to unit) shorted.
  7. Wiring shorted at terminal block, or elsewhere.
  8. Improper voltage supplied to power cord (house current).

 

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Will not start

Most common reasons

WHIRLPOOL AND KENMORE DRYER REPAIR TIPS

Check if dryer is plugged in and has proper voltage.

  1. Operating thermal fuse is blown – this thermal fuse should show continuity with an ohm meter. part #oval type = 3390719. Part #rectangle type = 3392519. located in back of machine on blower housing. this picture shows the (rectangle) type.  older models have the (oval) type. both types are made of white plastic.
  2. Door switch defective. Replace with part #279347. Switch on right hand (front). Older models may be located in center.
  3. Lever that actuates dryer door switch may be broken or bent replace with part #279347.

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Less common reasons
  1. Dryer not plugged in.
  2. No voltage at wall socket.
  3. Dryer power cord defective.
  4. Terminal block shorted or wires shorted else where.
  5. Wires shorted at terminal block. (where power cord connects to dryer).
  6. Dryer timer defective.
  7. Solid state circuit board defective. (very few dryers have
    circuit board).
  8. Dryer  motor defective.
  9. Push to start switch defective. *Note: This is probably the least likely reason dryer will not start. If the switch is made of clear plastic and you can see residue inside where points have been arcing, this is normal and does not signify a bad switch. Switch when depressed should show continuity with an ohm meter.

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Motor tries to start – makes buzzing noise when push to start switch is activated.

Whirlpool and Kenmore dryer repair diagnostic tips.
  1. Dryer motor may be defective. (most probable).
  2. Blower fan may be obstructed.
  3. Defective timer.
  4. Seized idler pulley or drum rollers.
  5. Defective switch on motor.  (motor switch)
  6. Rear drum seal in threads, hung up on rollers or else where.
  7. Improper house current.
  8. Shorted wiring or terminal block.
Dryer runs – makes loud clunking noise
  1. Drum rollers worn. – (most probable).   Part #349241t.
  2. Idler pulley worn. Part #691366.
  3. Front or rear drum seals defective. – (rare).

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More pictures that show the inside and back of your whirlpool or kenmore clothes dryer.

Kenmore Dryer Parts
Whirlpool Dryer Parts

Dryer motor runs – drum does not turn.

Your Whirlpool or Kenmore dryer may be easy to repair.

  1. Belt broken – (most probable).
  2. Dryer idler pulley broken or dislodged.
  3. Idler pulley installed in wrong position.
  4. Extremely stretched belt.
  5. Dryer motor pulley loose.
  6. Dryer belt installed improperly.
Heat element stays on after dryer shuts off.

WHIRLPOOL DRYER REPAIR  *  KENMORE DRYER REPAIR

  1. Defective motor switch.
  2. Heater element coil touching heater element housing.
  3. Wiring shorted (least probable).

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Kenmore Dryer Parts
Whirlpool Dryer Parts

Dryer takes too long to dry.

Most common causes:
  1. Vent hose has kink in it.
  2. Vent hose too long.
  3. Vent hose clogged.
  4. Interior house vent pipe clogged at roof or elsewhere.
  5. Flap on exterior vent is stuck or clogged.
  6. Lint filter has build-up residue on screen. (use wire brush to clean.)
  7. Lint filter not cleaned after each load.
  8. Dryer door not closed properly.
  9. Door seal missing.
  10. Back drum seal defective.
  11. Defective operating thermostat, (l145) is most common.
  12. Defective hi-limit thermostat, (l250)  (l290)  are most common.
  13. Defective timer – defective temperature select switch.
  14. Defective dryer motor switch.
  15. Intermittent operation of above electrical parts.
  16. Restricted air flow, interior cabinet air flow system.
  17. Washer not spin-drying clothes properly.
  18. Heater element housing loose from bulkhead.

This is not a complete list of causes.

Less common

Did you know quite often you may repair your Kenmore or Whirlpool dryer for as little as $8.95 plus about 15 minutes labor? A common malfunction is the thermal fuse. When it gets too hot it will cause unit to cease running and not start again. These thermal fuses are not on all machines, they are on most units made since 1986.

08ROL-KIT-6An inexpensive kit that will make your dryer sound like new!

Disconnect Unit from Power Source!

The information given below is general in nature and should not
Be construed to be all inclusive nor necessarily applicable
Toward your particular machine.

Some of the dryer brands listed above may be made by a different
Manufacturer in which case these general repair instructions
May not apply.

To access inside of cabinet remove two screws shown below.
Then use putty knife or screwdriver to pry lid up.
Pulling lid toward you while prying will help.
Then remove screw on inside of cabinet. One on each side.
See red arrow. These instructions apply to some dryers that do not have a kick plate.

If your whirlpool dryer, kenmore dryer  has a kick plate,  procedure may be different. Some parts can be accessed & repairs may be made after removing kickplate. Kick plate can usually be removed with putty knife by pushing in on two retainer clips at top of kickplate while gently pulling kickplate toward you. (some models since 1995)

Some newer models you may have to flip console faceplate back to remove screws that allow you to remove top and then remove front panel.

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Dryer repair technical advice
Helpful repair tips

Dryer drum rollers & idler pulley

Dryer part number  4392065

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