Model #11073042101 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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What else besides the 279311 ignitor would prevent a Kenmore Elite dryer model 11073042101 from heating even though it is running?


If a gas dryer is running but not heating the first thing to check is the thermal fuse.

The thermal fuse on this particular dryer is located behind the lower access panel. See the image below for help with this. The thermal fuse is located next to the thermistor.

In the breakdown the thermistor is sometimes listed as the thermostat.

Remember to unplug the dryer first before removing the access panel.

The 2nd image below contains the wiring diagram for this particular dryer and may be helpful to you.

If the ignitor doesn't glow then the problem can be with the relay on the control board, thermal fuse, high-limit thermostat, flame sensor, or even the motor switch.

The thermal fuse can be check for continuity/resistance if you have access to a volt/ohm meter. If caution is used the thermal fuse can be bypassed to see if it is the problem.

With the dryer unplugged you can remove the two wires off the thermal fuse and join then together with a small piece of insulated wire. Put a little electrical tape around the connection and don't let it touch anything metal. With the thermal fuse by passed you can carefully plug the dryer in and run it to see if it will heat.

If it does heat then replace the thermal fuse right away and don't try and catch up on laundry with the fuse bypassed.

I hope this information is helpful to you but submit another question with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
April 07, 2010

Thank you Fred, with your clear instructions, I located the thermal fuse (cleaned the lint inside the blower housing as well!), shorted it and the ignitor worked, burner fired! Just replaced the thermal fuse, so far, so good. The Kenmore parts salesman said there's likelihood the thermostat is likewise busted, but didn't replace it. Many thanks for your help

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Erwin -
April 10, 2010
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