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Kenmore Residential dryermodel #11066652500

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how do i test my dryer heating element?

Kenmore dryer 11066652500 model. The dryer is not heating . I have replaced the element already. How do i test the element to see if it is the element or the sensor at the element?

Posted March 02, 2011


Priscilla V, March 02, 2011

Diagnosing dryers can be difficult. While you wait for the expert to review your model, you can check a similar question from a previous expert post if you like. I attached a few link below. If you do decide to have a technician diagnose and make repairs, an option is to visit Sears Home Services and use the handy scheduler.

Lyle W , March 03, 2011

You can check the resistance of the heating element using a volt/ohm meter. Unplug the dryer and remove the back panel. Remove one wire off of the heating element and measure the resistance through that component. You should measure between 7.8 and 11.8 ohms of resistance. If the element is within this range, then it should be okay. You can check the high limit thermostat next to the heating element leads in a similar manner. Remove one wire and measure the resistance through the high limit thermostat. It should read near zero ohms. You can check the thermal cut-off fuse higher up on the side of the heater box in the same manner. Here is a Repair Clinic.com video that show how to test a thermal cut-off fuse: Thermal Fuse Testing . You can also check the operating thermostat that is on the blower housing. If any of these components are "open", then they will need to be replaced. If the thermal cut-off fuse is blown, I recommend that you replace all 3 components since the operating thermostat and the high limit thermostat should have prevented the thermal fuse from blowing.

These tips should help you resolve this dryer problem. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

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