Kenmore Gas Dryer starts hard - Kenmore


Old 02-11-06, 12:06 PM
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Kenmore Gas Dryer starts hard - Kenmore

Today when wife pushed the start button, Kenmore dryer made a loud humming noise and drum didn't turn.

Unplugged it and let sit for a few minutes, turned drum by hand, plugged back in and started up fine (with a bit of a hum before doing so). Dried one load, but next load same thing happened (loud hum, no drum movement).

I replaced rollers and and some other parts on it maybe six months ago (bought the kit from Sears).

Any help to repair would be appreciated.

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Old 02-12-06, 05:44 AM
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Hello JB. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

If the drum rotates without excessive drag and does not bounce around, the noise described may be caused by the motor attempting to start up. Or the fan blower attached to it may have a defective shaft bearing or starter windings. May also simply be the start button is defective.

Based upon the problem description, suggest you first suspect the motor and fan blower cage, since you stated you already replaced the slider pads, etc.

Motor may be dragging if the fan blower cage is excessively linted or the shaft bearing to the blower fan is worn out excessively. Fan may be dragging against the blower cage, etc.

Or motor itself is defective. Starter windings may be burned out or on the way out. Which can cause excessive heat buildup causing motor to stop until it cools down. Another safety feature built into electric motors.

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Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs or services. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a service or 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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