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FIXED 110.96581120 Kenmore electric dryer stopped; won't start

brycest

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Jan 11, 2009
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Location
San Ramon
Model Number
110.96581120
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
More than 10 years
Our 220 VAC dryer began stopping in the middle of a cycle a few days ago, but would re-start and complete the cycle.
Today, it stopped in mid-cycle and won't restart on any cycle, even after cooling down for 1+ hours.

I've tried:
- Cleaning any lint out of all the internal and external duct work (there wasn't much).
- Checking the power at the outlet (it's OK).
- Checking the continuity on the door switch (it's OK).

After reading some other posts, I was going to check the power at the motor, but can't figure out how to access it.
I can't see it from either the back or the top.

All suggestions welcome.
Thanks very much.
 

Jake

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Hi,

So when you start it, do you hear any sound at all, like its trying to start, humming or grinding sound?

Here is the motor for your model you can order in case you need it:
Whirlpool 279827 Dryer Drive Motor


Here is a video to help you access it/replace it:

[video=youtube;autfvjoMkMY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=autfvjoMkMY[/video]

Jake
 

brycest

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FIXED.
Thanks for the reply. After reading some other threads, I tested the thermal fuse, which was the culprit. A $12 fix, instead of a new motor, so a nice ending.
 

Jake

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Excellent, good find, yup a bad thermal fuse, that would keep the motor from running.:)

Here's the thermal fuse for your model below, in case others with your same model number need it too.

Thermal Fuse WP3392519


Thanks for the update!

Jake
 

Jake

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Thanks, I'm glad we could help you through the years.:)

Jake
 
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