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Thread: Kenmore Series 80 Dryer - Heating Element Problem

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    Default Kenmore Series 80 Dryer - Heating Element Problem

    The model # for my dryer is 110.66822694. The other day the dryer would not turn on. After checking the other threads on this site, I replaced the thermal fuse. The dryer now runs, but I've noticed another problem which may or may not be related to the initial one.

    When I had the back of the dryer open, I saw that when I turned the dial to either of the heat cycles, the heating element would kick on. It would do this without me pressing the start button. Also, if I let the dryer run and then stop it by opening the door, the element remains on. It does not turn on when the dial is on the wrinkle guard or air dry cycles, or in the "off" position. Again, per recommendations on other posts, I checked the heating element and it did not appear to be grounded. So I'm wondering, is this a problem with one or more of the thermostats?

    I couldn't find this exact problem by searching the site (or any other similar sites), so I thought I'd throw the question out there in a new thread.

    Thanks.

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    Hi,

    It definitely sounds like your heating element is grounded, You really need to ohm it for continuity with a ohm meter to make positively sure its not grounded, you can get a cheap volt/ohm meter at Radio Shack.

    Remember, Always unplug your dryer before doing the ohm check for continuity.

    Take the wires off the heating element then Touch one meter probe to the element terminal and the other meter probe to the heating element housing and see if you get continuity.

    Here's the heating element for your model in case you need to order it:
    Manufacturer's Number: 279838



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    Default Thanks!

    I bought the meter and sure enough, there was continuity. So I rechecked the element and found a wire on the underside rubbing against the metal. Once it was bent away from the box the dryer ran perfectly. I've let it go for a few days before replying just in case something else popped up.

    So thanks again for the quick response.

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    Good job finding that John.

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