Model #11070902990 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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I have a Kenmore Gas Dryer that appears to function correctly but has no heat.

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I can understand your frustration over your dryer not heating properly. I did some research and provided a link to a similar question and answer on our site. I hope this will shed a little more light on the issue until the Expert responds to your question in more detail within 24 to 48 hours.

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Julio -
May 28, 2013
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The link you provided was bad. However, I was able to fix the issue. By replacing the thermostatic fuse. I had a large buildup of lint and my hose had some kinks in it. Causing the thermo fuse to blow before catching on fire. Repairclinic.com has the directions to replace it.

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Brian -
May 28, 2013
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

There is glow bar igniter that must glow red before the flame sensor switch will open and the gas valve to open.

If the igniter is not glowing, it could have a broken igniter or one of the following components listed below could be faulty:

 

  1. Thermal fuse
  2. Operating thermostat
  3. High limit thermostat
  4. Flame sensor
The components listed above including the igniter can be disconnected and then tested for continuity with an Ohm meter. The component that does not measure any continuity is the faulty component and it will need to be replaced. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before removing the lower front access panel. 
 
I recommend locating and testing the thermal fuse first. The thermal fuse is more likely to fail than the other components. I added a couple of images below to reference.
 
 I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post. 

 

 

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 30, 2013
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Kenmore 90 series dryer NO HEAT problem

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When a dryer suddenly stops working it can cause an inconvenience in your home. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Yadira B -
January 09, 2013
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This is an photo of the inside of my dryer from top view. I checked the thermal fuse (white) and it seems to be fine because I'm getting continuity. However, the dryer is running but with NO HEAT.

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Danny -
January 09, 2013
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

If the glow bar igniter is not broken and not glowing, it likely has a faulty/open thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is located at the back of the dryer and is mounted on the blower wheel housing. The thermal fuse will have two wires connected to it; one Red wire and one Red wire with a White stripe. Disconnect the two wires and check for continuity across the thermal fuse with an Ohm meter. You will likely find it open and not measuring any continuity.

NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before removing the rear panel.

Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 10, 2013
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Danny: I added a image below of the wiring diagram which will be larger. If you are sure the thermal fuse is Okay, disconnect the other components in the heating circuit and check them for continity. Check the flame sensor too.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 10, 2013
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Hello, Joey. Thank you for your kind reply. Today I went to Sears parts center and picked up a new thermal fuse (part# 3390719) but that didn't cure the problem. Before making the trip to the store I checked it for continuity and it toned out fine, as mentioned above. But because most people on the internet said that would be the most common problem I was not confident in my troubleshooting skills. By the way on this gas unit the thermal fuse is not in the back but on under the drum on top of the exhaust unit. The customer service representative at the store said he would make an acception and accept the return so I think I'll be fine. However, I don't think I can afford to purchase any more non defective parts because they might not accept any future returns from me. I have a working volt ohm meter and I believe I can check the parts involved in the chain to make the dryer blow out heat. However, I'm not great at reading schematic drawings. Is it possible to assist me with a more specific detailed information on: 1. part name and description to check 2. what to check for 3. order of things to check I'm comfortable with dissembling and reassembling the entire dryer because I just did that. I'm also have the basic knowledge of how to use the volt ohms meter. However, I don't know the names of the parts to check and what to check for. Also, my timer on the dryer has not been working for years but the heat has been working without the timer fine. I don't know if I needed that to work in order to troubleshoot. Thank you in advance for your time and kind help in solving this delima.

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Danny -
January 10, 2013
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Why doesn't my Kenmore 90 series gas dryer's burner stay on?

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With the dryer not properly working in your home can be quite an inconvenience. After researching the Manage My Life website I have located several links that you may find helpful towards your issue. While you are waiting for a detailed reply from an expert I have provided the links below. Hope this helps!

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Priscilla V -
April 11, 2012
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

If the vent system is clear and not restricted, I would suspect a weak high limit thermostat. Located near the top of the burner funnel (key#46) is the high limit thermostat (key#43). I added an image below to reference the key numbers. If the high limit opens/breaks the circuit because it's weak or because of a restricted vent, the flame will cycle off before the dryer reaches operating temperature. A restricted vent or air flow will cause the flame to burn upwards instead of being drawn into the drum causing the high limit to open and shut off the burner. If this occurs enough times it will weaken the high limit thermostat.

The operating thermostat (key#42) is the component that should be making and breaking the circuit to maintain operating temperatures.

For testing purposes only, disconnect the power cord. Disconnect the high limit thermostat and install a jumper wire between the two female terminals on the wires and then see if the flame stays on. If the flame stays on, disconnect the power supply and remove the jumper and do not use the dryer until the high limit thermostat as been replaced.

The high limit thermostat #3403140 for Kenmore dryer model 110.70902990 can be ordered from Sears Parts Direct.

This may be the issue. If not, please reply and I will be glad to assist you further.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 11, 2012
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A very important item was mentioned in the 2nd sentence (IF THE VENT SYSTEM IS CLEAR!!!). If everything checks out like I mentioned before, be sure to check the lint screen & by that, I mean hold it up to the light. If there's any part of the screen that's blocked, you've got a problem. Just removing the lint doesn't solve it. I took a soft brush with warm water & totally cleaned mine. All those toss in dryer softerners will eventually create a film over the screen. After I cleaned mine, no more problems.

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fred -
April 24, 2012
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