Model #11077632600 KENMORE residential dryer

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My dryer is not maintaining heat for more than 1-2 minutes? 11077632600 Kenmore Dryer


Hello Pamela. I am sorry to hear about this problem that you are having with your dryer.


Your symptoms point to weak gas valve coils. Since the dryer occasionally heats up, this indicates that the circuit through the gas valve assembly components is okay.  You may be able to fix the dryer yourself by replacing those gas valve coils. Here is a link for a kit that has both coils: Gas Valve Coil Kit 279834.


Unplug the dryer and shut off the gas supply before accessing and replacing internal components. Here is a procedure for replacing the gas valve coils:


  1. Unplug the dryer and shut off the gas supply.
  2. Pull the lint screen out of the housing on the top panel of the dryer.
  3. Remove the screws that attach the top panel to the lint screen housing.
  4. Push a putty knife into the gap between the top panel and the front panel of the dryer about 3" in from each side to release locking clips that secure the top panel to the front panel of the dryer. Lift up while releasing those clips. Hinge the top panel up and back after releasing the clips. Prop the top panel against the back wall behind the dryer so that it won't fall down.
  5. Unplug the wire harness that goes to the door switch.
  6. Remove the screws from the inside of the front panel that secure it to the dryer cabinet. The screws are at the top of the front panel.
  7. Release the front panel from the clips that secure it to the dryer frame and set the front panel aside.
  8. Unplug the wires from the valve coils.
  9. Remove the screws from the bracket that holds the gas valve coils in place.
  10. Pull the bracket off and remove the existing gas valve coils. 
  11. Replace the gas valve coils and reverse the above process for reassembly.


This information should help you fix the heating problem in your dryer. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.


If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services Dryer Repair.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
September 03, 2013

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