Model #11066872500 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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door switch installation 11066872500 Kenmore Residential dryer


Thanks for the inquiry and for using 
NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing.  
In order to access and replace the door switch, the control panel will have to be placed in the service position and then the screws securing the top towards the back of the top will need to be removed. See image below.
To release and place the control panel in the service position, slip a putty knife between the bottom of the control panel end caps and the top. Push the putty knife towards the back and pry upwards on the putty knife. See 2nd image below. The control panel will look different than yours but the procedure of releasing the clips are the same.
Once the top is off, locate the door switch harness connector and disconnect the harness connector. Remove the screws securing the door switch and remove it.
 Hopefully this will be helpful and help you to make a seamless install of the new door switch.
Let us know if you have any further questions and thanks for using  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 11, 2013

Dryer will not heat up


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern. We need a working dryer.

The heating element should have a resistance reading of 7.8-11.8 ohms. The thermistor reading will vary depending on the ambient temperature. The thermal cutoff and the high limit thermostat should read continuity or O ohms.

Based on your symptom there could be one out of several possible component failures preventing your electric dryer from heating. First, the heating element requires 220 volts in order to heat. If one of the two house circuit breaker dedicated for the dryer has tripped, the dryer will run but, it won't heat.

The first thing to check is the two house circuit breakers dedicated for the dryer. Locate the two house circuit breakers dedicated for the dryer and reset both circuit breakers by flipping both circuit breakers OFF and ON 2-3 times and then recheck the dryer for heat.

If the dryer continues to run and not heat then you will need to disconnect the power cord from the power source and then remove the front lower access panel and test the following components for continuity:

  • Operating thermostat
  • Thermal cut-off
  • High limit thermostat
  • Heating element

I added three images below to reference key numbers and instructions how to remove the lower access panel.

I hope this information helps you today. Thank you for using

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dtova00 -
Sears Technician
October 22, 2013

Why is my Kenmore dryer making a loud thumping noise?


What you’re describing sounds like the drum rollers. When the drum rollers are cold it may take a few minutes of the dryer running to warm them up. I would recommend checking the drum rollers.

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biker dave -
Sears Technician

Thank you for your answer. I have checked the drum rollers as well as the lint container to see if it is inserted correctly. It appears as if a small plastic piece attached to the inside side of the lid area is protruding just enough to connect with the drum when it is in use. I manually rolled the drum somewhat to see if the noise is the same as what I have been hearing when the dryer is in use, and it is. I have a service repair person coming this morning to check it out. Possibly that plastic piece can be removed or should have been removed at the time the dryer was assembled...just guessing...don't know for sure until it is serviced. It is a very hard piece of plastic and is not flexible.

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Leigh Shirley -
June 02, 2011
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