Model #11062956100 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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Why won't my Kenmore dryer turn on?


Since you have verified that you have 220 volts at the outlet and your drum light will not turn on, then your symptoms are pointing to a failure in the door switch. The wiring diagram for your model of dryer is illustrated below. This diagram shows that when the door is open, you should complete a circuit through the drum light and it should turn on. The same type of circuit should be completed for neutral through the control board and motor when the door is closed (it is shown in the closed position). I recommend checking this door switch.

To check the door switch, unplug the dryer and remove the plastic end caps on each side of the console. Remove the screws on each side of the console that secure it to the top panel. Flip the console up to the service position as shown in the second illustration below (NOTE: This dryer illustration is slightly different from your actual model). Remove the screws that secure the top panel to the dryer cabinet. They may be in the same position as the illustration below or they may be on the back of the dryer. Release the clips at the front of the top panel and move it back to access the door switch. NOTE: The wires will still be connected to the console. You will not be able to pull the top panel completely off.

Remove the wires from the door switch (with the dryer still unplugged) and check the continuity across the leads of the door switch with a volt/ohm meter using the wiring diagram below. With the door closed, you should measure near zero ohms of resistance from the D to the D1 lead (blue to white). With the door open, you should measure near zero ohms of resistance from D2 to D1 (brown to white). If not, then the door switch is bad and will need to be replaced.

If the door switch tests good, then you must have a wiring failure in the drum light circuit if the drum light will not turn on. I recommend checking your outlet again using the diagram below. A bad neutral in your outlet could cause this problem even though you tested 220 volts at the outlet.

If you need more help with this problem, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
October 31, 2008

Why would my dryer just make a humming noise when start is pushed?


You did not indicate where the humming noise is emitting from, the console area or below the drum. From the details you submitted the drive belt may have broken or it came off the motor pulley. When the belt comes off or breaks the belt switch will prevent the motor from starting. This could explain why the drum can be easily rotated by hand; the motor is not being turned.

The humming noise could be coming from the one of the two (2) relays in the console.

I recommend removing the lower toe panel and make a visual inspection to see if the belt is still routed around the motor pulley. I added a couple of images showing where the toe panel clips are located. Use a putty knife and depress the clips to release the toe panel. Tilt the top of the toe panel forwards and then lift it up and off.

If the belt has come off or has broken, resubmit your question with the model number if you feel that you can replace it yourself for specific instructions.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
September 19, 2008

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