Model #11096093100 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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Kenmore dryer (110.96093100) will not start. New troubleshooting Q.

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I see your dryer will not start I see how frustrated it maybe. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question. I see someone asked a similar question. I attached the link below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
August 24, 2010
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From the description you give I suspect you have a problem with the actual voltage to the motor.

The image below may help you with this problem. The circuit for the motor is highlighted.

It may be to resolve this problem you will need a volt/ohm meter. If the motor runs when jumper cord is attached from 4M to 5M then it would seem there is voltage problem.

The potential cause of the no voltage to the motor is the timer, broken belt, thermal fuse, push to start, or the door switch.

Since you are comfortable making and using a jumper cord I suggest you get a small piece of insulated wire and bypass the thermal fuse, belt switch, push to start switch and door switch one at a time.

The thermal fuse is the best place to start. Remove the two wires and join them together with the small insulated jumper. With the fuse bypassed, carefully plug the dryer in and see if it will run.

You can also try the same thing with the belt switch.

The push to start can be jumped also from R1 to R2. Be extremely careful with the push to start switch. If R2 to CT1 is jumped there will be a loud boom when then unit is plugged in. Do not connect R2 to CT1. There will be a direct short.

The door switch can also be bypassed.

If these are all tried with no motor running then likely the problem is the timer.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If there are any additional details then I may be able to assist you further with this problem.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
August 25, 2010
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I was confident enough in the continuity checks to put high suspicion on the timer. I ordered the part (available through Sears) and put it on, making sure to keep the wires on the proper terminals. SWEET SWEET VICTORY! It started right up, and works perfectly. Yay!

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sarahwww -
September 01, 2010
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Kenmore dryer (110.96093100) will not start. Is coincidental loss of buzzer noise a CLUE to cause?

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I would recommend that your visit SearsHomeServices.com to set up an appointment to have a Sears Technician go out to your home to diagnose the problems. I have provided you with the linjk below. Hope this helps!

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Salina L -
August 11, 2010
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No, i won't be calling a technician, i'll toss the dryer first. My question is simplest terms, Is "what makes the buzzer chime on a kenmore washer, similar to model 110 96093100." It's very similar to other kenmore elite dryers Form this. Info I can decide if it is a clue or not. I can take the washer apart myself, test and replace the motor. I just don't want to if the buzzer problem hints the timer is to blame; the timer is easier to replace. I am about to go look at the wiring diagram to see how the buzzer is wired, but if anyone knows the timer energizes the buzzer, with no current or signal from the motor needed, that would be helpful.

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sarahwww -
August 11, 2010
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The buzzer won't work unless the motor is turning so if the motor won't start the buzzer will not work.

The wiring diagram in the image below may help with this problem.

You say you checked the thermal fuse and it was okay but you don't mention the broken belt switch. If the belt is broken then the motor will not run.

When the push to start switch is pressed you say there is a hum/vibration but no start. Make sure there is continuity between R1 and R2 on the push to start switch when the switch is pushed. Remember to unplug the dryer first.

If everything checks okay then at some point live voltage should be checked at the motor on the black (4M) to white wire on 5M on the motor switch. Use extreme caution doing this and only if you are comfortable checking live voltage with a meter.

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 .

If there is voltage at the motor and it is not running then the motor is most likely bad. If there is no voltage then the problem will be with the timer, broken belt switch, thermal fuse, push to start switch or door switch.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If there are any additional details I can most likely assist you further.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
August 11, 2010
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Well, the motor definately wasn't turning; and it appeared (via a simple non-contact voltage tester) to be getting power. I was sure it was toast, but made a test cord and hooked it up to contacts 4 and 5, and plugged in into 120v. It started immediately and purred like a kitted - it worked. I mentioned The thermal fuse showed continuity as it should; the belt I didn't. It's intact. The broken belt switch also showed continuity as it should. I don't really know how to use the multitester on the timer. I did check to make sure the two fattest wires (which were red and yellow were getting power. (they were). I don't know which,if any of the terminals to test for continuity. If it means anything the needle flies to zero when I touch the red/yellow terminals. I hope that means the timer motor is ok. IF the blue and white terminals are supposed to make the needle fly over to zero when both are touched, I could not rotate the dial into any position that would do that.

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sarahwww -
August 23, 2010
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I have a question about the "working" motor. It was getting power, according to my voltage detector. It started and ran well with a test cord attached to terminals 4 and 5 and plugged into 120v. Could my difficultly still be the motor? I've seen posts on other threads implicating the starter capacitor (which I'm only guessing what and where that is on the motor). With my dryer all assembled and hooked up, however, plugged in and PTS button depressed, the motor made no hum or noise that I could hear. There was an electrical hum or vibration in the top panel, but the motor wasn't making any perceptible noise of its own. If the starter capacitor were bad, wouldn't the motor be making noise, even if it didn't start turning, even if the starter windings had insufficient kick applied? All the troubleshooting I've seen elsewhere says "if your motor hums but won't start, think s. capacitor"

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sarahwww -
August 24, 2010
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