Model #41779052991 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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1999 Kenmore Front Loading Dryer Model 41779052991 clothes getting stuck between drum & frame 41779052991

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Thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com. I will be more than happy to assist you. I can understand any frustration you may have experienced with regards to your unit. Also thank you for submitting your question to our forum. I apologize that you have not received any replies. I hope you have found an answer to your inquiry. If not, please resubmit your question and one of our experts will respond for you. Again, thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com.

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Samantha A -
Sears Technician
November 18, 2014
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Kenmore 417.79052991 dryer has little to no heat but does turn. I have already cleaned out the exhaust and lint. Help!

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Dryers are appliances that we count on daily to help us dry our clothes. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I suggest you set service with a Sears technician. I have attached the link below. Have a nice day!

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Dezeray -
August 04, 2012
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Well I'd like to do this myself if possible or I wouldn't be posting here. I will only call a technician if I feel this repair is out of my league.

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matt -
August 04, 2012
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I understand your concerns about gas and if you do smell any rotten egg odors/gas odors then have it checked right away and leave the house if needed. The good news is that is is not likely a gas problem but an electrical problem which you seem qualified to deal with. The key to diagnosing and fixing a gas dryer is knowing what the ignitor is doing. The ignitor should glow very brightly. There is a small square panel on the back of the dryer that can be removed. The ignitor should glow so brightly that you can see the glow. No glow then it is an electrical problem and the usual suspects would be the hi-limit thermostat, control, radiant sensor or ignitor. Each of these can be checked with a meter if one is available. Remember to unplug the dryer first. If the ignitor glows then clickes off every minute or so then the problem is likely with the gas valve or coils. The coils might be economical to replace at about $66 dollars but the valve cost almost $200 dollars and you might consider replacement instead of repair. I hope this helps give you a start. Let me know what you find and I'll provide more assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
August 04, 2012
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Fred - Thanks so much for your reply. I opened the back through the small square and I don't see anything glowing. It should be glowing when the dryer is unplugged or no? Do I have to turn the dryer on to see it glow? In any case, I need to know how to reach the four items you listed: hi-limit thermostat, control, radiant sensor or ignitor. I don't know what these look like or how to access them. Can you let me know the easiest way? Can I access them through the same square vent or do I need to take the top and front off?

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matt -
August 04, 2012
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Ok sorry, I just plugged it back in and turned on with the back open. I did see a glow at first but then it faded and would only glow for a second and then go out. This kept happening - it would go dark and the glow for a second and then dark again. Does that shed any light on the problem (no pun intended)?

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matt -
August 04, 2012
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What you saw most likely means the ignitor is okay . It will glow for short time then click off then repeat. Since there is no flame the problem is most likely with the gas coils or gas valve. The coils can be checked for resistance if a meter is available. Replacing the coils or valve can be a do-it-yourself project if you have a few basic tools and feel comfortable with such projects. There is a big difference in repair cost. As I mentioned the coils would run about 66 dollars while the valve would be close to $200 dollars. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have a meter and wish to do-it-yourself. You can also have the problem repaired by a technician available from the following link Sears Home Services .

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
August 05, 2012
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Why is my Kenmore dryer running but not heating?

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Something like this is usually caused by weak gas valve coils. Checking them will not help. This symptom can only be caused by 1 of 3 things. No gas to the dryer, bad gas valve or weak coils. I recommend replacing the coils.

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biker dave -
Sears Technician
November 16, 2009

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