Model #11095866402 KENMORE ELITE Residential Dryer

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Kenmore elite dryer 11095866402 dryer won't fire 11095866402 Kenmore Elite Residential dryer

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dryer loaded with soaked clothes, now will not start. how to reset dryer?

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My Kenmore Gas Dryer starts to heat up and then runs cold

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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Kenmore Gas Dryer. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. The expert who will assist you, can walk you through a repair like this or let you know if this may be something a technician should perform. He can also verify parts that may be required for you to order. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices.com. I hope these links provided will assist you.

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James -
September 13, 2011
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Upon further inspetion I removed the front access panel and turned on the dryer. The ignitor came on igniting the gas flame. However, after 2 minutes the flame went out, the ignitor came back on and the flame lit this went on for a total of 4 cycles, after that no flame/no heat.

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allen -
September 13, 2011
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Hi Allen,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life. I know how frustrating it can be when appliances do not function properly.

Here are the initial checks that you will need to make;

  1. Ventilate the laundry room as much as possible.
  2. Disconnect the flexible exhaust vent for a short test that will determine the cycling temperatures in the dryer while it is venting directly into the laundry room. Position the dryer so that you can measure the temperature of the air coming out of the middle of the exhaust vent. NOTE: This gas dryer should normally be vented to the outside of the home. You should not allow the dryer to vent directly into your laundry room except for this temporary test.
  3. Fill the dryer with a medium load of damp towels. A wet load is needed in the drum so that you can observe the normal cycling of the burner.
  4. Start a timed cycle with high heat.
  5. Observe the burner assembly. You should see the igniter glow and the burner light. Monitor the temperature coming out of the exhaust. It should heat to about 150 to 155 degrees and then cycle between about 130 and 155.

If the dryer heats and cycles normally while venting directly into the laundry room then an undetected restriction in the vent duct system is likely causing your heating problem. If the burner only stays on for a short time and then shuts off, you could have a bad operating thermostat or a high limit thermostat that is interrupting voltage to the burner assembly. The image below provides the theory of operation for the gas valve assembly on your dryer. If you suspect a failed operating thermostat or high limit thermostat, you can unplug the dryer, shut off the gas supply and remove the back panel. If you pull the wires off of the operating thermostat, you can heat it with a hair dryer or heat gun to detect when it opens. At room temperature, it will be closed since the burner initially ignited. If you have a volt ohm meter, you can measure the resistance across the leads of the thermostat. When it is closed, it will measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity). When it is open, it will measure infinite resistance. If you test the operating thermostat and it is okay, I recommend checking the high limit thermostat in the same manner. This may help you determine the cause of your heating failure.

If the burner ignites once but will not relight, you could have weak gas valve coils.

These tips should help you properly determine the cause of your heating failure so that you can properly repair it.

Please perform the diagnostic tests detailed here and report back with your findings. I am looking forward to assisting you again in the near future.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram and for parts purchases; Sears Parts Direct .

Thanks again for using Manage My Life.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
September 14, 2011
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