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Thread: [FIXED] Another Kenmore Dryer problem

  1. #271
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    Jake,

    I received the new control board today and replaced it. I started the dryer and it ran for about 5 minutes then shut itself off again. If I try to start it without first turning the knob to the off position it will only run if I hold the start button down. If I turn the timer knob to the off position then to the timed dry section it sometimes finishes the cycle and sometimes shuts off after a few minutes. I am at a loss. Replacing the control board wasn't the answer. What next?

    Thanks,

    Patrick

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    Your last post was Oct. 2008, you haven't been able to use your dryer since?

    Did you check the motor relay that I explained in this thread?

    Thats basically all it can be if the control board didn't fix it.

    Jake
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    The dryer has been intermittent at best. Sometimes it will run through a whole cycle then the next load it stops. It has been tolerable until last week when it seemed to increase in occurrence. I will check the motor relay.

    Patrick

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    Ok Patrick,

    Swap your motor relay#1 & heater relay#36 here:
    http://content.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/K0406003-00002.png
    They are the identical part and same part#.

    If the dryer stays running, then you will need to order the relay.

    Make sure your dryer is unplugged first before you touch the wires to swap it.

    Here's the motor & heater relay for your model:
    Manufacturer's Number: 3405281



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    Great forum! I am hoping someone can help with my frustrating repair saga.

    I have a Kenmore electric dryer, model 11063932101. The problem was that it ran but was not heating.

    First, I checked the thermal cut-off, high limit thermostat, thermal fuse, thermistor, and heater element. All were fine, except for the thermistor, which had no continuity, so I replaced it. The dryer again ran but did not heat. Next, I opened the control panel and found a fried element on the electronic control assembly. I ordered a new one from repairclinic and replaced it. Again, the dryer ran but did not heat. I re-checked everything from the first step, and now the thermistor again has no continuity! Argh! Before installation, I had checked that it had continuity. Now when I press start, it runs for three seconds and shuts down, beeping three times. From my reading, this is an indication that the thermistor is open, which I had verified.

    I would REALLY like to be done with this repair project and would like to only make one more trip (online or in person) to a parts store. It seems that the only two components that could be the problem are the thermistor and the heater relay. I know that I have to replace the thermistor again, but I also pulled the heater relay and am wondering if there is a method to test it when it's not plugged in. If I don't have to replace the relay, I'd rather save the $40, but I don't want to replace the thermistor again, only to find that it still does not heat. Suggestions?

    -Frustrated Joe

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    Hi Joe,

    You don't ohm the thermistor for continuity like the thermal fuse and thermal cut-off, you check resistance on it per the ambient temperature, heres's the chart for it:


    Swap the heater relay and the motor relay in your console and see if it starts heating.

    Jake
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    wow--glad to see this thread still going strong!

    Just popped in to say my dryer is broken again--seems to be the heater relay.
    Item number 528722 on repairclinic...But wow--$39!! Is there a way around this? I can't believe a relay is $40 Ive been scrounging CL looking for a dead dryer to pull this off.

    Am I going to have to eat the $40?

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    Yes, its turned out to be one of our most viewed threads.

    Its $25 here:
    Here's the motor & heater relay for your model:
    Manufacturer's Number: 3405281



    Jake
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    Wards Appliance Tech. 11 yrs. 1990-2001
    Sears Appliance Tech. 4 yrs. 2001-Oct. 2005
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