Model #11096250100 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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Kenmore Dryer Model Number 110.96250100

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Managemylife.com is always a great resource to find the answers to just about anything. Your expert will research your question and respond within two business days but usually sooner.

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Alina F. -
December 15, 2011
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Hi David,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

Several different problems could prevent your dryer from running. First, check to see if the drum light turns on when the dryer door is opened. If it does not, then you need to check the breaker to make sure that it is not tripped. If the breaker is okay, check for proper voltage at the outlet using the first image below as a guide. NOTE: You should only check this live voltage if you are completely confident that you can safely make this measurement using a volt/ohm meter.

The wiring diagram for your dryer is shown in the second image. This diagram shows several components that could prevent the dryer from running. I recommend unplugging the dryer and checking the thermal fuse. To access this fuse, remove the back panel. Here is a video that demonstrates gaining access to the thermal fuse; Video . Always unplug or de-energize electrical equipment before removing covers or attempting service. Be careful and wear appropriate hand protection when working around sharp metal parts. The dryer in this video may not look exactly like yours, but the procedure is basically the same. The thermal fuse is located on the blower housing. It will have blue wires attached to it. To check this fuse remove at least one wire and measure the resistance across the leads of the fuse using a volt/ohm meter. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance (continuity). If you measure infinite resistance (open), then the fuse is blown and will need to be replaced. NOTE: If the thermal fuse is blown, I recommend checking for a restricted exhaust vent that could cause this fuse to blow.

If the thermal fuse is okay, you could have a bad door switch that is breaking the neutral in your drive motor circuit. You could also have bad contact in your timer or a failed drive motor. A wiring failure between components could also prevent your dryer from running.

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 or for parts purchases; Sears Parts Direct .

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
December 17, 2011
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Kenmore Heavy Duty Dryer (Model #: 110.96250100) Heating Help

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I understand how important it is for your dryer to be heating properly so that you can do your laundry and I hope to be of some help. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with more information about your problem: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/121494-electric-dryer-heating-1. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
October 28, 2010
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If the dryer is running then the one thing you don't have to worry about is the thermal fuse. An electric dryer will not run with a bad thermal fuse.

If an electric dryer is running but not heating then the first thing to check is the circuit breakers for the dryer. It is possible for one to trip leaving 120 volts for the dryer to run on but not have 240 volts to heat with. Turn both breakers off then back on and see if there is an improvement.

The other possible causes of the dryer not heating are the timer, control thermostat, hi-limit thermostat, thermal cutoff, element and the motor switch.

The timer, element and motor switch will have to be checked by a volt/ohm meter but the other parts can be checked with a meter or bypassed to check. The thermostat, hi-limit and thermal cutoff all have two wires. To bypass the control thermostat you remove the two wires and join them together. A small piece of insulated wire works best for this. Bypass one at a time and then carefully plug the dryer in and try it and see if there is any heat.

Remember to unplug the dryer first before bypassing or accessing any part.

The images below will show how to access these parts on a similar dryer.

I hope this information is helpful to you but reply with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
October 29, 2010
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All picture diagram instructions are for gas model dryers only. I just wanted to verify that the directions you gave me where for an electric dryer. Thanks!

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ilovecritter -
October 30, 2010
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The image covers both gas and electric. The part locations are the same.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
October 30, 2010
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Why does my Kenmore electric dryer take 3 times longer to dry than usual?

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A dryer's drying time is largely related to the flow of air through the machine and the condition of the venting hose. If air is impeded in its pathway out of the dryer, or if there is a blockage in the venting hose, it could reduce the rate at which clothes are drying in your dryer. If you are unable to clean the vents yourself, I do recommend having a professional to clean the vent to clear any blockage. Here are some tips below to check as well :

  • Venting issues - are caused by restrictions in the vent. Check to see if the vent behind the dryer appears kinked crushed, or pretzeled
  • Have you had your vents cleaned within the last 12 months? If not you may have some blockage in the vents, and you may want to consider having your vent/air ducts professionally cleaned.
  • Is there any build up underneath or behind dryer?
  • Check to see what you have your dryer set on. Air dry, Air fluff, Auto dry, No heat dry.
  • Are you putting heavy loads , very wet loads, or very heavy loads in the dryer?
  • Sensor drying - Sensor bars must be clean and clothes must contact the Sensor bars, or the control will sense the clothes are dry.

If none of these tips listed help, I recommend calling a service technician to properly diagnose and repair your dryer

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Korinna S -
Sears Technician
February 23, 2010

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