Kenmore 796 model dryer error codes

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These error code explanations can help you diagnose a problem with your Kenmore 796 dryer. When a failure occurs, you'll see the error code flashing on the digital display of your dryer.

Find the error code displayed on your Kenmore 796 dryer's control panel in the chart below and follow the troubleshooting tips to fix the problem.

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Error Code
Condition
DIY advice
tE1

Thermistor failure

Check/Repair

The electronic control detects that the thermistor (temperature sensor) has failed. Unplug the dryer and measure the resistance through the thermistor. It should measure about 10,000 ohms at room temperature. If the thermistor is defective, replace it.

Possible parts
Thermistor
tE2

Thermistor failure

Check/Repair

The electronic control detects that the thermistor (temperature sensor) has failed. Unplug the dryer and measure the resistance through the thermistor. It should measure about 10,000 ohms at room temperature. If the thermistor is defective, replace it.

Possible parts
Thermistor
dE

Door switch error

Check/Repair

Check the operation of the door switch using the diagnostic test mode, which is explained in the tech sheet that's typically stored in the console of the dryer. If the door switch is defective, replace it.

Possible parts
Door switch

Symptoms common to all dryers

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Main causes: door switch failure, lack of power, broken belt, blown thermal fuse, bad drive motor, control system failure
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, blown thermal fuse, bad door switch
Main causes: bad drum support roller, damaged idler pulley, broken blower fan blade, worn drum glide bearing, bad drive motor
Main causes: bad gas valve coils, broken heating element, tripped safety thermostat or fuse, bad operating thermostat, control failure
Main causes: bad timer or electronic control board, door switch failure
Main causes: clogged exhaust vent, bad motor relay, loose dryer door catch, bad door switch, control system failure, faulty drive motor
Main causes: damaged door strike, worn door catch
Main causes: clogged exhaust system, heating system failure, deposits on moisture sensor, control system failure

Repair guides common to all dryers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dryer.

How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in an electric dryer

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. Install a thermal cut-off fuse kit to replace both parts.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in a gas dryer

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer door switch

The dryer won't start if the door switch isn't working correctly. You can install a replacement dryer door switch in less than half an hour, following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

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