Model #11097701700 KENMORE ELITE Residential Dryer

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Kenmoore He5 Gas Dryer won't keep heat


The gas dryer not heating can be an inconvenience and keep you from getting some of the laundry done. I did some research and I was able to find two links that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
April 26, 2012

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Before removing and replacing the solenoid coils, make sure the vent system and lint filter is not restricted. If you use fabric softeners in the washer or dryer, overtime a clear residue can build up on the lint screen and restrict air flow which can cause the burner to cycle off on the high limit thermostat. Take the lint filter out and wash it under warm running water and soft bristle brush to insure it is clean. If the vent system is not restricted, I recommend replacing the both solenoid coils.

Remove the front lower access panel and then start the dryer and sit there and monitor the burner operation for at least 10 minutes or longer. If you find the glow bar igniter glowing red and then fading off without burner ignition, this would indicate weak solenoid coils and both coils will need to be replaced.

To remove the front lower access cover you will need to remove the screws along the top of the access panel. The solenoid coils are held down two screws and bracket. Disconnect the coils and lift them off. See image below.

The solenoid coil kit #279834 for Kenmore gas dryer model 110.97701700 can be ordered from Sears Parts Direct.

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2012
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