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Thread: [FIXED] Kenmore Elite Dryer Beeps Once and doesn't start

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    Default [FIXED] Kenmore Elite Dryer Beeps Once and doesn't start

    Model Number: 110.95872400
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    My dryer doesn't start anymore. I put the settings on and when I push the start button, it beeps once and doesn't start. Could this be a problem with the thermal fuse and thermostat like some of the others? Thanks.

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    Ok, first test your thermal fuse with an ohm meter. Unplug your dryer first before testing it apart and testing the thermal fuse.




    Here's the thermal fuse for your model you can order here, if yours is bad:
    Manufacturer part#3392519 is RepairClinic item#2986


    Your thermal fuse is located on the blower wheel housing#59 here, your thermistor is right next to it, #42:
    http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_pn...2035-00003.png

    You would need to take off the lower front access panel under your door, then take off the duct assembly#45, by removing the two #2 screws, and you may also have a screw at the very bottom of the duct assembly with a bracket#11 attached to it, remove that one also.

    If your thermal fuse is fine next check your door switch.

    We've had a few members report door switch problems.

    You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter to make sure.

    Here's that door switch you can order:
    Manufacturer's Number: 8283288

    8283288


    It shows on Page 4-6 in your repair manual I posted a link to below how to access it to check/change it. Make sure your dryer is still unplugged!

    Push the button in on the door switch with one meter probe on COM and the other meter probe on NO and see if it reads.


    If your door switch checks fine then it sounds like a possibly loose ribbon cable connection or the control board/control panel is bad.

    Your Kenmore is the exact identical to the Whirlpool Duet.

    Here is the online repair manual for the Kenmore HE3/Whirlpool Duet dryer:
    http://www.applianceblog.com/manuals/Duetdry.pdf
    Give it time to download. Page 6-3 is the trouble shooting section.

    It shows how to get access to the control board & console panel keypad assembly on page 4-2 through 4-4 of the repair manual.


    Here's the control board for your model:
    Manufacturer part number 8546219 is RepairClinic item number 1060737


    There should be a tech. data sheet in the bottom of your dryer that has the diagnostics you can put it in to check what the problem could be.

    Let us know what you find.

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    Default Kenmore Elite Dryer Beeps Once and doesn't start

    Thanks for the info. I removed the bottom panel and the cover. I purchased a multimeter to test the fuse but the meter wouldn't zero out so I need to buy another one. However after removing the bottom panel I noticed that it "looked" like there were slight burn marks on the inside of the removed panel. It also looked like some of the wires had brown residue on them. It looked like it was singed but its hard to tell. The base of the dryer was filled with a carpet of lint! Could this have caused a fire or the burn marks? Tonight when I get home I will use a new meter to check the fuse and let you know what I find! Thanks again.

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    Yes, all that lint in there is likely the cause if that thermal fuse is out, possibly caused the marks on the wires, but feel the wires to make sure there are no burnt spots on them, they should feel smooth.

    Where does the dryer went outside to? your roof? side of the house?

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    I'll check the wires again. However, I remember the ground wire was peeling a little.

    The vent goes out the side of the house. It's a very short run but could be clogged up. I'll check that too!

    I'll let you know what I find. I hope I don't have to replace any wires. that would be a pain!!

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    Ok, no I doubt you will need to replace any wires.

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    Ok, I tested the fuse with a new meter and it tested ok. do I test the thermostat the same way? I tested the thermostat and it was an open circuit. If that's not it I need to test the door switch.

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    Yes,

    ohm your thermistor, that should read about 10,000(10k) ohms at room temperature.

    Here's the thermistor for your model you can order here if needed:
    Manufacturer part number 8577274 is RepairClinic item number 1181075


    If the thermistor is fine, then check the door switch.

    Push the button in on the door switch with one meter probe on COM and the other meter probe on NO and see if it reads.(Should have continuity(0-1 ohm) between white wire and blue wire when switch is pushed in.)

    The blue wire is NO and the white wire is COM on the door switch. Make sure your dryer stays unplugged when testing.

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    Jake, I tested the thermal fuse, thermistor and door switch and they seem to check out. I am at a loss at what is wrong. Anything else I could check? I need to get this thing working. Hanging clothes to dry is a PITA!

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    Ok, then if the thermal fuse, thermistor and door switch check fine, then its your control board thats bad. Order the control board that I linked you to above and you'll be back in business.

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