Model #11097573100 KENMORE residential dryer

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Hi, I have a question concerning my gas dryer. Thank you for your assistance


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Your gas dryer does not have a heating element. It has a glow bar igniter that must have voltage supply of 120 volts in order to glow red. If the glow bar is not glowing red then it could be broken or it may not have the voltage needed in order to glow because of one of the following component failures:

  • Timer
  • High Limit thermostat
  • Operating thermostat
  • Thermal fuse
  • Flame sensor

I added an image below of the wiring diagram. I traced the electrical circuit in red and green. If any one of the components in the circuit that I have circled in red is faulty; the path of voltage will be broken to the glow bar and it will not glow. And that's assuming the glow bar ignitor is not broken.

There is a small square plastic inspection cover located below the door that can be pried off in order to look at the burner assembly and igniter. Remove the cover and start the dryer. If the glow bar glows then the most likely failure is the gas solenoid coils which are mounted on the gas valve. If the igniter is not glowing then it could one of the component failures I listed above.

You will need to disconnect each component and test it with an Ohm meter for continuity. Which ever one tests open/no continuity; replace that component. The high limit, operating thermostat and thermal fuse are accessible from the back of the dryer after removing the back panel. The image shows the location of each component. I would suspect a faulty thermal fuse and I added a YouTube video showing how to test the thermal fuse and a video showing how to replace the ignitor .

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 .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
October 04, 2011

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