Kenmore Dryer, no heat

Old 01-30-05, 01:21 PM
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Kenmore Dryer, no heat

I've read through some previous threads and have done some troubleshooting. Its a Kenmore 8788290 s/n MF4403477, bought in 1997.

- checked voltage at heavy red/black wires - 220 V
- checked resistance at heating coil - 12 ohms
- checked continuity at thermostats and cut-out switches - OK
- checked continuity at heat selection switch - resistance increases as rotated from low to high.

Since everything seemed OK, I plugged it in and mysteriously, the heat worked!

My only explanantion is that one of the thermoswitches is flaky and when I was removing the wires to test, that somehow the wiggling fixed the thermoswitches.

Any thought or advice?


Sean Douglas
Old 01-31-05, 09:36 PM
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Hi Sean, Welcome to DIY Forums,
- The intermittent thermo is a common problem, often terminals get hot and expand a bit. Another case of intermittents is a loose heater wire. The thermos are so cheap, I would replace them anyway to avoid recurrence of the problem. Try AMRE at 132 and 78th for cheap parts.

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