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How do I replace the push to start switch? 11078942890 Kenmore Gas dryer

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Desirea -
Sears Technician
March 22, 2014
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start button appears to not be working.

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James -
April 30, 2011
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The motor relay part number should have been 8566493.

The even heat control board replacement is part number 279903.

This gets a little complicated because when the control is changed the motor relay must be changed as well.

Originally there was an AC relay and a DC relay but the control was changes so now there should be two DC relay which are the same part numbers.

When you got the control you may have gotten a kit with wiring and instructions.

There are two ways the motor can run with the timer turned on. The motor can run with voltage through the motor relay or with voltage through the push to start switch.

If you disconnected one or both leads off the push to start switch and the motor ran then the motor relay is the problem.

The image below is of the original wire diagram.

The 2nd image shows the new wiring diagram.

I hope this doesn't confuse things to much but the only way for the motor to run when the timer is turned on will require the push to start or motor relay have a closed circuit.

Give me a reply and tell me if this helps or if there are any additional details I should know.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
April 30, 2011
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i'm very confused. i would prefer to speak on the phone about this to make it clear what i've done, and the order i did it and what''s happening now. any chance of a call back? 505-982-7474? daniel

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daniel -
April 30, 2011
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Haven't heard back from you Fred. Here's what i did at the instruction of ERIC in customer service. 1) changed the motor relay to the relay mentionied above.--no result\ 2) bypassed start button by removing leads and wiring them together. no results. 2) changed the heat control board, number as above--spinning with timer, no start button working, no heat. 3) got new heat control board from sears, as the first one they sent had obviously been opened and appeared defective. Installed it. Now spinning works, heat comes on, start button still doesn't work. 4) took one lead off of start button and started dryer with timer. still only worked with timer set, but of course not with start button. question: what shall i do? when i got the 2nd heat control board from sears, they included a new motor relay and lots of wires. tried their new relay and machine made a loud buzzing noise, but still only worked with timer knob set, not with start button. so i reconnected the other motor relay i had gotten earlier from appliancepros. please advise. is there some other test i can do? did my replacing the motor relay before the heat control board screw up the motor relay itself and i need a new one again? or do i need a new start switch..? thank you. daniel 4) by passed start button

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daniel -
April 30, 2011
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If you got the kit with the control, relay and "lots of wire" then there should have been some instructions with the kit. This was a difficult repair even for the technicians. You save money by ordering the part yourself but now it's time to have a service technician finish the job. I know $129 dollars is a lot of money but it will get the job finished and you will have one less headache. I'm sorry but the phone is not a possibility.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2011
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Thanks. sorry you couldn't help. customer serviee thought you'd solve it. I already spent $100 for a local company to come here who diagnosed the need for the heat control board replacment but they wanted $220 for the board. that's when i called you guys and found out the board would cost me $131. quite a savings. now i'm not so sure. guess i'll live without the start button for now. I wonder if you read my email above, if you could determine if a new start button would have solved the problem... daniel

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daniel -
May 02, 2011
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The start button is a momentary switch that closes when pushed and opens when released. It very rarely breaks. If the dryer runs when the start button is pushed then the start button is okay. If the dryer runs when the start button is pushed but stops when it is released then the problem is with the motor relay or control. People have been known to use a broom handle to keep the switched pushed in so the dryer runs and heats.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 03, 2011
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Fred: the start button does nothing now. The dryer runs and heats up fine, when the timer dial is set. it just starts to run at that point, then stops when the time runs out. I can live with this, but someday, when i go to sell the house, the inspection will reveal the malfunction, and i'll have to fix it, plus i don't know if there is any damage being caused by the start button not working. But it sounds like it's a motor relay problem perhaps. Or maybe a wiring problem. I had to cut and join together two wires in two places, when i replaced the motor relay, because the old relay had protruding leads, and the new relay had recessed leads. When i replaced the relay a 2nd time with the one that came with your heat control circuit board, the buzzer would sound constantly. So i figure it's probably faulty. But since they threw it in the package when i bought the heat control circuit board, I figured they wouldn't swap it out unless i bought it again. does it sound confusing. join my world. thanks for trying to help. Daniel ps. since a lot of wires came with the new heat control board, at least in the 2nd package sears sent me once the first board proved faulty, i wonder if i was supposed to change out all the wires, which i wouldn't do. not enuf experience for that. but since the dryer operates, i'm 80% happy! Daniel

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daniel -
May 03, 2011
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This particular dryer was only out for a year before they change to two DC volt relays. Changing the AC relay to a DC relay was what the kit was far. The control was changed and the relay was changed and the kit came with a new harness. It was difficult even for the techs in the beginning. From the problem you have now either the push to start is bad (not likely) or a wire was cut at the wrong place. I would still suggest a technician to correct this problem.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 05, 2011
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Thanks Fred. If i just live with it like this, is there a danger of fire? If not, i will just live with it for now. Thanks for the explanation. I now understand better what's going on and realize it's beyond my ability to fix. but it's liveable as long as it's not dangerous. Daniel

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daniel -
May 05, 2011
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Q:

HOW TO REPLACE KENMORE DRYER # 11078942890 DRUM BELT

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The instructions to access and change the belt are in the image below.

Remember to unplug the dryer first.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If there are any additional details I will be glad to her you further.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
June 14, 2010

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