Gas Dryer prob.

Old 03-01-03, 01:24 PM
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Question Gas Dryer prob.

My Kenmore gas dryer wont start after i push the strt button, although it had worked 5 min. previous. I was wondering as with Ricks' dryer how would I go about checking the latch on the door to see if thats the problem. I have checked and secured all connections. the problem happened immediately after cleaning out the lint tray, which is located directly under the start button, could I have hit something in there when I replaced it?

also I have never cleaned out the vent tubing, do you just disconnect and push it all through, I dont think this is the problem but I'm sure it needs to be done.

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Old 03-01-03, 03:38 PM
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Hello Holly and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

Based on the problem description and the statment that the problem just developed, I would highly suggest you start to determine what the problem really is by checking the door switch.

Hold the button in and start the dryer. If the drum begins to rotate, the door switch is either not being depressed fully by the door or it is defective if the drum does not begin to rotate.

The problem with your dryer is very similar or exactly like the person whom I recently suggested doing the same test to help determine if the door switch is the cause.

If the lint filter is the type that pulls out from the top of the cabinet back right top side, it will not effect the condition described but the door safety switch will.

Depending on the type of dryer venting material, determines how is can best be cleaned out. If the venting material is plastic venting tubing, replace it.

If the venting is sheet metal ducting, cleaning can be accomplished by removing the joints if any, removing the ducting and washing out the inside, pushing a cleaning towel through it, blowing it out, etc.

Whatever and however possible, depending upon how the ducting tubing is installed and where it travels to, etc. Also the outside vent hood. Each situation varies.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers carry replacement parts for all appliances and are listed in the phone book under appliances.

If you need further assistance, use the REPLY button to add any additional information or ask additional questions. Be sure to post back the results of your findings before asking additional questions.

If the information contained herein does not resolve the problem, we can than move onwards to more detailed and difficult problem possibilities and solutions.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, the thermostat is turned down and the gas control valve is in the off postion before attempting any repairs.

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