Model #11073032101 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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kenmore elite dryer model #11073032101 - how to open panel?

A:

The first image below shows how to remove that bottom front service panel. Be sure that you unplug the dryer before removing this panel.

A blown thermal fuse could be preventing the dryer from heating. That component is shown in the second image. You can check that component using the procedure shown in this video: Thermal Fuse Testing . If that thermal fuse is bad, replacing it should fix this dryer problem. You can order a new thermal fuse from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number for that fuse is 3390719.

If that thermal fuse was blown, I recommend that you check the dryer exhaust vent duct system to the outside of your home as shown in that video. A restriction in that vent system could have caused that thermal fuse to blow. If you don't correct that type of problem, the thermal fuse will blow again shortly after replacing it.

If the thermal fuse is okay, you could have a number of other failures that would prevent the dryer from heating. Reply with additional details if you need more help.

If you need to have a Sears Technician repair the dryer, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2011
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Hello Greg. Try testing the dryer with a medium load of wet clothes in the drum. The dryer will sometimes short cycle if there are not garments being dried. If the burner still short cycles even with clothes in the drum then you could have weak gas valve coils (part 279834). The image below shows the theory of operation for the gas burner assembly. If you suspect that you have bad gas valve coils, then you can order them from the Sears PartsDirect.com website (see second link below). I recommend that you verify that part number using the full model number of your dryer. The first link shows a repair video of how to replace the gas valve coils. This information may help you resolve this failure. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 10, 2012
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Thanks for letting us know how this turned out. We are glad to hear that the dryer is working again. Let us know if you ever need more help.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 10, 2012
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Why won't my Kenmore dryer heat?

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Here are some troubleshooting steps for this type of problem:

  • Make sure that your gas supply is adequate to the dryer.
  • See if the igniter is glowing on the gas valve assembly. If not, you could have an open thermal fuse. To check the thermal fuse, follow these steps:
    • Unplug the dryer to completely disconnect electrical power. Shut off the gas supply to the dryer. NOTE: You should only access and check these internal dryer components if you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely complete the work. If not, call a service technician to diagnose and repair the dryer.
    • Remove the bottom front service panel as illustrated in the first image below.
    • The thermal fuse is located on the blower housing. It is Key 59 in the second image below. It will have red and red/white wires attached to it as shown in the wiring diagram in the second image. Pull the wires off of the thermal fuse.
    • Using a volt/ohm meter, measure the resistance across the leads of the thermal fuse. You should measure new zero ohms (closed or continuity). If you measure infinite resistance (open), then the thermal fuse is blown and will need to be replaced. NOTE: If the thermal fuse is blown, check for restricted exhaust venting. This could cause your dryer to overheat and the thermal fuse to blow.
  • If the thermal fuse is okay, check the operating thermostat (Key 42) and the high limit thermostat (Key 43) in the same manner as the thermal fuse. One of these components could also prevent the igniter from glowing.
  • Several other failures could prevent your igniter from glowing. You could have a failed timer, a problem with the motor centrifugal switch completing the neutral circuit or a wiring failure between components. A failure in the gas valve assembly could also prevent the dryer from heating. The operation of the gas valve assembly is shown in the third image below. Understanding this process may help you determine the cause of your heating failure in the dryer.

If you need more help with this dryer problem, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
October 13, 2008
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Replacement of my Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer Belt

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the dryer. I will be able to help you with the repair. First, unplug the dryer from the wall. Then click here to watch a video on how to replace the belt.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to reply below with more details.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 19, 2011

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