Trying to fix a dryer that doesn't get hot.

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Old 02-22-13, 04:12 PM
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Trying to fix a dryer that doesn't get hot.

My dryer doesn't get hot. I feel like I have trouble-shot the common problems:

1) Reset circuit breaker
2) Checked for proper air flow
3) Tested element with multi-meter, works fine
4) Tested thermostat and thermal cutoff, replaced both
5) Switched the leads to the element to see if I was inverted

My dryer runs just fine but doesn't heat. Does anyone have any other ideas?
 
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Old 02-22-13, 05:07 PM
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Post model # and type of dryer. Does it heat at all ?
 
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Old 02-22-13, 07:17 PM
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Kenmore
Model/Stock
96589210 65892

Its an electric 240V dryer. The element is accessed through the front.

It doesn't get hot at all unfortunately.
 
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Old 02-22-13, 09:37 PM
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Model # did not work, Should be a tag in door opening and will start with a 110. Usual problems with your dryer is either a open heater element or thermostat. Should have continuity between 2 wires at heater. Front wires at heater, Look toward back you will see 2 thermostats mounted on heater box the one in back is the high limit one and it should have continuity. If either is open that is the bad part. Both thermostats and heater should not be open. Let me know what you find. se that you replaced thermostats but which ones?
 
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Old 02-23-13, 03:48 AM
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Did you actually measure 240 vac inside the dryer. The heating element runs on 240 volts. The rest of the dryer runs on 120 vac.
 
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I didn't measure the voltage inside the dryer, I was just referencing that to give information about the dryer model.

The tag inside the door says Model/Stock 110.96589210 then it has several spaces and then says 65892. The serial number is MF2040333 if that helps.

Here is a picture of the two thermal cutoff pieces I replaced.
http://www.rcappliancepartsimages.co...9-00699522.jpg

They are the pieces that were attached to the element housing. The one that is on the right in the picture is the one that failed the continuity test, but it was only sold as a package at my local Sears parts center so I replaced both.
 
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Thank you everybody for your responses. My roommate looked at my "fix" and diagnosed my incorrect installation almost immediately. I am back in action!

Thank you again for spending your time and energy on my problem.
 
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Old 02-24-13, 02:40 AM
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Thanks for the update
 
 

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