Kenmore gas dryer won't keep running


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Old 07-12-04, 12:51 PM
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Kenmore gas dryer won't keep running

I have a Kenmore Gas Dryer Model 63942 purchased in early 2003. With all controls set properly, when I depress the start button the dryer runs OK and will continue to run, heat coming on etc., but as soon as I release the start button it stops. Does anyone have any ideas or have trouble shooting manual wiring diagram etc. ?
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Old 07-12-04, 07:58 PM
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Hello Sakar. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

First item to check, least expensive to buy and or replace is the start button. May not resolve that problem but it sure is the easiest item to replace and least costly.

The motor can also be the problem. More difficult to replace and more costly. But if it needs to be removed, be sure to make a hand drawing diagram of how the belt loops over and under each pulley.

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Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to questions & provide additional information on how to resolve the problem.

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Old 07-14-04, 12:50 PM
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Kenmore dryer starts but won't keep running

When I opened the console cabinet, I found a document containing a wiring diagram. While tracing the wiring diagram I determined the "motor relay" contacts should close after the start button causes the motor run. After much work, I removed the motor relay from it's mounting and lightly tapped on it. Now the dryer runs OK.
Thanks for your quick reply, I hope this information mught help someone else.
Sakar
 
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Old 07-15-04, 05:26 PM
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Hello: Sakar

Glad you determined what the cause was and fixed it. I just hope you actually did fix it. Not as likely to be as permanent a fix as often thought to be. Time will tell.

Be prepared to replace the part. Often is the case. Internal contacts or connections of mechanical contact parts (relays) pitt and burn. Which causes the contacts to stick together or fail to make contact.

Sure hope it works well in your case.
I hope others can learn from all this too.....
 
 

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