Model #11073036101 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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Why won't my Kenmore Elite LP gas dryer model 110.73036101 heat even though it runs fine?


Several different problems could prevent the ignitor from glowing in this type of gas dryer. I recommend checking the thermal fuse first. This fuse is on the blower housing. The procedure for accessing it is shown in the first image below. Unplug the dryer and access this fuse. Tape the wires that go to this fuse together with electrical tape to bypass it and see if the ignitor glows red. If it does, then replacing the thermal fuse should fix your problem. You can order this fuse from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number is 3390719. NOTE: Do not continue to run the dryer with this fuse bypassed. It is an important safety feature of the dryer. Also, check the exhaust venting for a restriction that could have caused the fuse to blow otherwise it may blow again shortly after replacing it.

If the thermal fuse is not the problem, check the operating thermostat and the high limit thermostat. The wiring diagram for your dryer is shown in the second image below. If you have a volt/ohm meter, you can unplug the dryer and check the resistance of these components. The operating thermostat is just beside the thermal fuse. The high limit thermostat is on the side of the burner funnel. To check each of these components, pull one wire off and measure the resistance. You should measure near zero ohms. If you measure infinite resistance, then the component will need to be replaced. You can view a parts list diagram of your dryer on the Sears PartsDirect website.

If both of these components are okay, check the flame sensor (also called radiant sensor) in the same manner as above. If this component is okay, check the resistance of the ignitor. The ignitor should measure about 40 ohms. If it is open (measure infinite resistance) then it will need to be replaced.

These tips should help you determine the cause for the ignitor not glowing (which is likely causing your heating problem in the dryer).

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

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
September 10, 2009

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