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    Default 70-Series Dryer - won't turn

    Howdy!

    I picked up a used Kenmore 70-series gas dryer (110.70702990) today to replace my older 60-series that just died. Before bringing the new dryer home I plugged it in and ran it for about a minute to make sure it worked. No bad noises came from the drum and air was blowing strongly out of the vent - so far, so good. I put the dryer on the truck handling it gently. Did the same thing at home taking it off the truck

    At home I moved my old dryer, cleaned out the accumulated dust bunnies, put the new dryer in place, hooked up the gas/vent and plugged it in. I started the dryer on high heat, ran it for about two minutes, opened the door and felt hot air inside. Excellent!

    About 30 minutes later I put a load of laundry in to dry and the drum won't turn. Was the door closed? Yup. Was a drying cycle chosen? Yup. Was the temperature switch set? Yup. Wiggle the door - nothing. Okay, maybe I've put too much in to dry. Took out about half of the load - no difference. After that I took out everything but a very light table cloth - still no go. Took out all the laundry - still didn't work.

    When I push the start switch I can hear a loud click and then a hum while I've got the switch depressed. I'm assuming the click is the gas valve opening because I don't hear the click when I try to start the dryer in air-only mode. It can't be something thermal - the dryer's never been up to full temp. It can't be electrical - the outlet box it's plugged into is good. (I also tried some other outlets - no luck.)

    I'm completely at a loss. Any ideas?

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    Sounds like the motor has a bad bearing.

    Does the drum turn at all now?

    Here is the motor for your model you can order:
    Manufacturer's Number: 279827
    279827

    Here is a link for help changing it:
    changing a Whirlpool, Inglis, Kenmore dryer motor, how to remove the fan blower from the motor shaft on a Whirlpool, Inlgis, Kenmroe dryer, wiring a new motor

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    Default Don't bad bearings give warnings?

    Hey Jake!

    Thanks for posting. The drum turned turned both before I brought it home and shortly after I brought it home. Wouldn't a bad bearing give a little bit of warning before failing? Anything else I can/should check first before I replace the motor? That will cost me more than half what I paid for the dryer.

    Also, if it is the motor what else should I replace as long as I'm in there?

    Thanks again for the help!

    Jim
    Last edited by jimpenn; December 14th, 2009 at 08:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Sounds like the motor has a bad bearing.

    Does the drum turn at all now?
    Whoops. Forgot to answer your first question. No - it doesn't turn at all.

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    Sometimes a motor bearing can show signs of going out, like when you first turn it on, the motor would make a grinding sound then come on and run normal.

    Yes, its kinda unusual for it to seize up that fast, unless the previous owner new something we didn't.

    Yes, I'd hate to see you pay more for a new motor then you paid for the used dryer. Is there a way you can get your money back for the used dryer you got?

    Post the serial# of your dryer and I can tell you the age of it.

    You can get a new dryer at Sears starting at $303.99 and up. And you wouldn't have to worry about other parts wearing out as well.

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    Sometimes a motor bearing can show signs of going out, like when you first turn it on, the motor would make a grinding sound then come on and run normal.
    That's exactly what happened to my old 60-series. The serial number on the 70-series is MK3726483.

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    Ok, its a 2000 model.

    Almost 10 years old, not really worth throwing alot of money into in my opinion.

    The average life of dyers now is only 8-12 years.

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    Thanks for your help. I got my money back and purchased a dryer from a brick/mortar store. Still used, but with a 90-day parts/labor warranty. I figure if it's going to fail, it'll fail sooner rather than later.

    Thanks again for your help!

    - Jim

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    Ok, sounds good Jim.

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