Model #11076942500 KENMORE ELITE Residential Dryer

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What is wrong with my Kenmore model 110.76942500 dryer when it ignites and after about 30 seconds shuts off and recycles?


If the flame is cycling off and on in 30 second intervals the most likely cause will be a restricted vent or bad hi-limit thermostat.

For this problem you will first want to pull the dryer out from the wall and remove the vent. Then with a medium wet load see if the heat stays on any longer.

The hi-limit thermostat sits on the burner tube and if the flame is "lazy" (spread out) then it hits the thermostat and short cycles the flame.

This usually happens when a dryer has been converter from natural gas to LP gas or when lint builds up in the vent and restricts air flow.

A flame that comes on and cycles okay a few times then stops coming on at all is usually associated with a gas valve or coils problem.

If the dryer works better with the vent off then check and clean the vent and the problem should be okay. Sometimes the dryer can get pushed back into the wall and restrict a vent hose.

The images below shows how to remove the lower access panel and access the burner and thermostats.

The hi-limit thermostat is located on the side of the burner tube. With the access panel removed you can visually see the flame when the dryer is running. If it seems to be spread out and hitting the thermostat even with the vent and access panel off then I'd recommend a technician check and adjust/repair the gas valve assembly.

If the flame is okay then the problem can be a bad thermostat. One trick to check the thermostats is to unplug the dryer from power and remove the two wires on the hi-limit thermostat and "jump" (join) them together. Put a little electrical tape around the connection and don’t let it touch metal and run the dryer again with a medium wet load and see if the flame stays on any longer.

The hi-limit thermostat is part number 3403140 and is available from the following link: Sears PartsDirect .

The operating thermostat on the blower housing can be checked the same way but I’d recommend starting with the hi-limit thermostat.

If the thermostats all check okay then the problem can be with the gas valve or coils and I'd recommend a technician check and repair this problem.

I hope this information helps to resolve this problem but if you have other questions then submit another question with any additional details for further assistance with this problem.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
July 24, 2009

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