Model #79690311900 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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kenmore gas dryer #79690311900, no heat, drying light flashes, cooling light stays on 79690311900


Thank you for choosing and being a valued member.  I can certainly understand how frustrating it can be when your dryer is not heating.

 Gas valve: 

Measure resistance of the following terminal:
  1. ? Valve 1 terminal 
  2. ? Valve 2 terminal
  3.  Resistance value : > 1.5kg ~
  4. ? Resistance value : > 1.5~2.5kg
ignitor:  Measure resistance of terminal
to terminal. Resistance value : 100~800?

Hi-limit Thermostat: 
Measure resistance of terminal to terminal:
  1. ? Open at 203 ± 7°F (95 ± 5°C)
  2. ? Close at 158 ± 9°F (70 ± 5°C)
  1. ? Resistance value ? ∞
  2. ? Continuity < 1?
Thermal Cut off: Measure resistance of terminal to terminal: 
  1. ? Open at 230 ± 12°F (110 ± 7°C)
  2. ? Manual reset
If thermal fuse is open must be replaced:
  1. ? Resistance value ? ∞
  2. ? Continuity < 1?

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SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
July 06, 2015

what year was dryer model # 796.90311900 manufactured and what could cause the dryer to make a loud clicking noise when the drum turns 796.90311900


Hello glad to help.  Thank You for choosing Sears
I am sorry and do understand your frustration when there is problems with the dryer.
Glad to help out.   Im  looking at your Kenmore Dryer model number 796.90311900.

Looks like this is a 2010 model.  A 4 year old dryer.

First thing for safety and concerns to keep dryer running well is to check the lint screen and vent of air flow going out of the house.   If clogged up it could cause heating problems on any dryer.
To prevent a Blocked Vent Hood, once a year: 
1.  Unplug the dryer.   Move it out from the wall as far as the dryer vent will allow.
1.  Clean out the lint trap and the cutct work.   It is best to get a nice long brush so that you can clean it out the lint trap quite often.
2.  Remove the exhaust hose from the back of the dryer.  Clean it also thouroughly.
3.  Check for screen/grate openings that go oustside the house which allow bird or rodent nests.
4.  Replace exhaust vent hood if damaged.
5.  Clean the inside of the dryer itself.   Remove all lint by a brush or vacuum.  
6.  Check for good air flow while running the dryer.
Note: Poor airflow or decreased airflow indicates further vent system cleaning is needed.

There are a couple of things that can cause this issue. What I recommend is disassembling your dryer and checking the belt, idler arm, rollers, and drum. I am including a set of disassembly instructions in the images below.

Picture below of the parts to see on your dyer.   
Drum support roller is  #K250
Belt is #K130
Idler pulley #K651

Picture of the above parts for model 79690311900

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and I hope we can help you with your future questions and repairs.  Thank you for choosing Sears and using our

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Larry L -
Sears Technician
July 07, 2014

Not lighting. 79690311900 Kenmore Dryer


Here is a link for a previous answer that has troubleshooting and repair information for that type of failure: .  This information may help you fix the dryer.


If you need more help, reply with additional details. 

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 06, 2013

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