Model #11077432600 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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ease of replacing heat sensor

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When it comes to replacing parts on your appliance it can be a mystery without any instructions. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I found your owner's manual in the Manage My Life website. I have attached the link below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
April 04, 2012
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Thanks my friend,GOD bless

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gene -
April 04, 2012
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Here is a brief repair video that shows how to replace the cycling thermostat in that type of Kenmore dryer: Kenmore Dryer Cycling Thermostat Replacement . If the dryer is not cycling at the proper temperature, then replacing that component should fix your problem. You can order that thermostat from this link: Internal Bias Cycling Thermostat for Kenmore Gas Dryer 110.77432600 .

If the dryer is not heating at all or you still have problems after replacing that thermostat, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 05, 2012
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Gas dryer doesn't dry clothes?

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Having the Dryer not working correctly is always frustrating. I did find an article on trouble shooting your gas Dryer that may shed some light on what may be happening. I also found some great links. I attached the link below. I hope this is useful to you while you wait for your expert to respond.

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Dezeray S -
May 17, 2011
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The symptom you describe is not a common complaint. If it heats on normal dry it should heat on High heat. I recommend removing the small square plastic inspection cover located below the door. It will pry out in order look through the opening so that you can watch the glow bar ignitor and burner operation.

Place a load of clothes in the dryer and select High heat time dry. Pull up a chair and start the dryer and look through the inspection hole and monitor the glow bar and burner operation. You may need to watch for 5-10 minutes or longer until you find the glow bar glowing red and fading off without any burner ignition. If and when you find the glow bar ignitor glowing red and fading back off without burner ignition this would indicate weak solenoid coils on the gas valve and both solenoid coils will need to be replaced.

I added a YouTube video showing how to access and replace the solenoid coils.

If the glow bar ignitor is not coming on at all when selecting High heat then it may have a faulty temperature switch. Reply with additional details if the glow bar is not glowing when high heat and time dry is selected.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 18, 2011
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I loaded the dryer with wet clothes and viewed the drying action with the setting on high heat. I watched for 10 minutes and the glow bar never glowed red nor glowed at all. I then switched the dryer to normal drying to view what would occur. The glow bar ran through its cycles of igniting and running and then shutting off (I believe this is to keep an even temperature through the normal drying cycle). It cycled 1 minute to 2 minutes on and then 1 minute to 2 off. It sounds as if I have a faulty temperature switch as the expert has written.

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Michael -
May 19, 2011
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I loaded the dryer with wet clothes and viewed the drying action with the setting on high heat. I watched for 10 minutes and the glow bar never glowed red nor glowed at all. I then switched the dryer to normal drying to view what would occur. The glow bar ran through its cycles of igniting and running and then shutting off (I believe this is to keep an even temperature through the normal drying cycle). It cycled 1 minute to 2 minutes on and then 1 minute to 2 off. It sounds as if I have a faulty temperature switch as the expert has written.

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Michael -
May 19, 2011
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Michael: It appears your dryer does not have a temperature switch. The temperature setting depends on where you start the cycle right? It could have a faulty timer since it will and heat and maintain temperature. Try starting the cycle at various places on the dial and monitor the burner operation. If it heats in some places but not others, I would suspect a faulty timer.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2011
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I went home and tried the starting the dryer in various places on the dial. I did the permanent press high heat setting at the bigging of the cycle, watched for 7minutes, it came on for about 20 seconds and went off. I switched the setting to the middle of high heat where there is a click in the timer and watched for 10 minutes, no burning occurred. I set the timer to normal heat on permanent press and watched it cycle on and off. I changed the setting to normal heat on delicate cycle and watched for 5 minutes. Burn cycle occurred. I did the same for timid dry also with the same results as delicate cycle. Do you think that it could be the radiant sensor or the high-limit thermostat? I am sort of leaning toward the high-lmit thermostat as the culprit (just a guess)?

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Michael -
May 19, 2011
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Michael: A restricted venting system can cause the symptom you describe. For testing purposes only, disconnect the vent hose from the back of the dryer and then start the dryer with a wet load and then watch the burner operation. If it acts the same way with the vent disconnected then it could have a high limit or radiant sensor issue. But, if you ever find the glow bar glowing red and then fading off without any burner ignition, replace the two solenoids on the gas valve.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2011
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I would like to add that the lint screen doesn't collect lint. It is sticking to the inside of the drum.

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Michael -
May 19, 2011
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Michael: That sounds like a restricted venting system. Disconnect the vent and run and see how it operates.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2011
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I had the vent diconnected most of the time it was running during testing. Good pressure blowing out of the dryer. Hot air (not singe your hand hot) blowing on Normal heat. On high heat, cool air. Okay so I'll get the high-limit thermostat and see if the problem is corrected. If not, I'll move to the more expessive part the Radiant Sensor and see if that eleviates the problem. Thank you Joe and Dezeray for all the information and help. I really appreciate the time that was spent.

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Michael -
May 19, 2011
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Why is my Kenmore gas dryer running but not heating?

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It sounds like what your describing is a faulty gas burner assembly. If the igniter comes on & goes off without lighting the gas I recommend replacing the burner assembly part number 279894. If the igniter comes on & stays on I recommend replacing the flame sensor part number 338906.

Please remember to use extreme caution when working with voltage & to disconnect power before replacing parts.

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biker dave -
Sears Technician
January 28, 2010

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