Model #11097274100 Kenmore residential dryer

  • Top And Console
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Question and Answers


why will my gas dryer not start the heat cycle?


Make sure that the gas supply shut-off valve is fully open and that the dryer has an adequate gas supply provided to it.

The dryer has an observation hole on the lower left side of the front panel below the door. Pull the plug and start the dryer in a heated cycle. See if the igniter glows on the gas valve assembly. The theory of operation for this system is shown in the first image below. The second image shows the wiring diagram for your dryer with the heating circuit traced in red. If the igniter is not glowing, I recommend that you check the thermal fuse first. This component will prevent the igniter from glowing if it is blown. You can check the thermal fuse by unlugging the dryer, shutting off the gas supply and removing the back panel. The third image shows the location of the thermal fuse on this type of dryer. If you have a volt/ohm meter, you can check the resistance of the thermal fuse with one wire removed. You should measure near zero ohms of resistance across the leads of this component if it is okay. If you measure Ol (Open Load or infinite resistance) then the fuse is blown and will need to be replaced. Another common method for checking to see if this fuse is causing your problem is to tape the wires that go to this fuse together with electrical tape. Reassemble the dryer and start a heated cycle. If the burner ignites properly with this fuse bypassed then replacing this fuse should fix your dryer problem. The part number for this fuse is 3392519. You can order it from the Sears PartsDirect website. NOTE: Do not continue to run the dryer with this fuse bypassed. This essential safety component must be replaced. Also, check the exhaust vent duct system for a clog or restriction. An unresolved restriction in this system could cause the dryer to overheat and the fuse to blow shortly after it is replaced.

If the igniter does not glow even through the thermal fuse is okay, you could have a failed igniter, a bad flame sensor, an open operating thermostat, an open high limit thermostat, a bad contact (Timer Switch 2) in the timer, a failed motor centrifugal switch or a wiring failure in the circuit traced in red below.

If the igniter is glowing and then shuts off to initiate the lighting of the burner as described in the theory of operation then your likely failure is the gas valve coils. You can buy a kit (part 279834) that has both of these coils included. The third image shows how to open the cabinet to access the gas valve assembly.

These tips should help you determine the cause of your dryer heating failure. If you need more help, submit more details and we will assist you further.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
June 10, 2010