Model #11096581820 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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My electric Kenmore dryer model 110.96581820 runs but is not putting out any heat at all


Hi there, I see that someone else asked a similar question. Here is what the expert posted. I attached the link below. Hope this helps!

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Barbara H. -
July 15, 2010

If the dryer is running then the thermal fuse is okay.

If an electric dryer is running but not heating then there are several possible causes but the first thing you should check is the circuit breakers as mentioned in the answer you were referred to. It's possible for one breaker to trip leaving the dryer 120 volts to run on but not have 240 volts to heat with. Turn each of the two breakers off and then back on and see if you get lucky.

The wiring diagram below is for your particular dryer. As you can see the cause of the no heat can be the timer, thermal cutoff, operating thermostat, ji-limit thermostat, element or even the motor switch.

The timer and motor switch can't be checked easily or without a volt meter but the element and thermostats can be check for continuity with a volt/ohm meter.

There is a trick to checking the thermal cutoff, control and hi-limit thermostats without a meter if you're careful.

The idea would be one at a time, start with the control thermostat on the blower exhaust, and with the dryer unplugged remove the two wires and join them together. A small piece of insulate wire works best for this. With the thermostat bypasses and not touching anything carefully plug the dryer in and see if it heats.

You can try the same thing with the thermal cutoff and hi-limit.

You can not try this with the element.

Any parts you need can be obtained at the following link: Sears PartsDirect .

The image below will show you how to access most parts. Remember to unplug the dryer first.

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 .

I hope this information helps to resolve this problem.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
July 17, 2010
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