Model #11079822801 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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Dryer would not start 11079822801 Kenmore Residential dryer


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I am sorry and do understand your frustration when having trouble with the dryer.
Glad to help out.   Im  looking at your Kenmore Dryer model number 11079822801.
First thing for safety and concerns to keep dryer running well is to check the lint screen and vent of air flow going out of the house.   If clogged up it could cause heating problems on any dryer.
To prevent a Blocked Vent Hood, once a year: 
1.  Clean any lint blockage from the exhaust vent hood.
2.  Make sure the vent hood flappers move freely.
3.  Check for screen/grate openings that allow bird or rodent nests.
4.  Replace exhaust vent hood if damaged.
5.  Check for good air flow while running the dryer.
Note: Poor airflow or decreased airflow indicates further vent system cleaning is needed.

After you have made sure that you have cleaned all the vent spaces on the dryer.   The next step is to verify the lid switch.  If you can get a multi meter then you can check for the continuity of the switch and verify that it is good.

There is a thermal fuse you should check also on this dryer.  I have it on the picture below.  It is key number 40  on the side of the blower.
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Larry L -
Sears Technician
June 16, 2014

Thanks for the inquiry and for using
There is a fuse on this model, and if it went out, it would prohibit the unit from operating. The fuse is located on the blower housing and is part number 3392519.
Outside of the fuse, I would ensure that the door switch is working. A defective door switch could also prohibit operation. A relatively easy preliminary check for the door switch would be to check the interior light when the door is open. If the light has come on in the past, but now isn't, it could indicate a door switch issue.
Another factor could be the drive belt or the motor relay. If the drive belt has come off, you should still hear the motor spinning. If the motor relay has gone out, it would also act as though it's dead, and a multimeter would be needed to test it.
I would start with the thermal fuse. That is the most likely culprit. If the fuse is to blame, make sure you do a thorough cleaning of the lint duct and exhaust hose/venting. Clogs in air flow is what usually causes the thermal fuse to trip. 
If by chance you need the thermal fuse for the unit, I have provided a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsParts site to view and purchase it when needed.

Thermal Fuse for Model 11079822801

Hope this helps and thanks for using 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 16, 2014
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May 14, 2014

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