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Kenmore Dryer Won't Start

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer won't start are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer won't start

Cause 1Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device designed to protect the dryer from overheating. The fuse is located on the blower housing or at the dryer’s heat source such as the heating element on electric dryers or at the burner on gas models. The fuse should be closed for continuity meaning it has a continuous electrical path through it when good. If overheated the fuse will have no continuity meaning the electrical path is broken and the fuse has blown. A multimeter can be used to test it for continuity. Be aware that a blown thermal fuse is an indication of a restricted exhaust vent from the dryer to the outside. Always check the dryer venting when replacing a blown thermal fuse.

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Thermal Fuse for your KenmoreDryer
Thermal Fuse - Part # 2821 Mfg Part # 279769

Heating element thermal cut-off (thermal fuse) 360 degrees and high-limit thermostat 250 degrees. The thermal fuse is a safety device designed to protect the dryer from overheating. A multimeter can be used to test the fuse. Always check the dryer venting when replacing a blown thermal fuse.

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Cause 2Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device designed to protect the dryer from overheating. The fuse is located on the blower housing or at the dryer’s heat source such as the heating element on electric dryers or at the burner on gas models. The fuse should be closed for continuity meaning it has a continuous electrical path through it when good. If overheated the fuse will have no continuity meaning the electrical path is broken and the fuse has blown. A multimeter can be used to test it for continuity. Be aware that a blown thermal fuse is an indication of a restricted exhaust vent from the dryer to the outside. Always check the dryer venting when replacing a blown thermal fuse.

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Thermal Fuse for your KenmoreDryer
Thermal Fuse - Part # 2923 Mfg Part # WP3390719

Dryer thermal fuse (or thermal limiter). This fuse is located on the exhaust duct. If the dryer overheats, the thermal fuse opens to cut off power to the dryer. The thermal fuse cannot be reset--if the thermal fuse is open, it must be replaced.

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Cause 3Start Switch

To determine if the start switch is defective, attempt to start the dryer. If the dryer hums but does not start, the start switch is not at fault. If the dryer does not respond or make any noise, the start switch could be at fault. Use a multimeter to test the start switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.

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Start Switch for your KenmoreDryer
Start Switch - Part # 2825 Mfg Part # WP3395382

Dryer push-to-start switch, 2-terminal. If this switch is defective, the dryer will not start. To determine if the switch is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity.

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Cause 4Door Switch

The door switch activates when the dryer door is closed. On most dryers, the door switch makes an audible clicking sound when it activates. To determine if the door switch is working, try starting your dryer and then listen for the “click.” If the door switch makes a clicking sound, it is probably not defective. If you don’t hear a click, use a multimeter to use the door switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.

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Door Switch for your KenmoreDryer
Door Switch - Part # 4273196 Mfg Part # W10820036

Dryer door/washer lid switch kit

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Cause 5Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch. If all of these parts are working properly, but the motor is making a humming noise, remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for obstructions. If the blower wheel is clear of obstructions, the dryer motor might be at fault. If you suspect the motor is defective, replace it.

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Drive Motor for your KenmoreDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 158 Mfg Part # 279787

Dryer drive motor. The drive motor drives the rotation of the dryer's drum. If the drive motor is defective, the dryer won't spin..

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Cause 6Drive Belt

On most dryers, when the dryer belt breaks, the motor will still run, but the drum will not turn. However, some dryers have a switch that shuts off power to the dryer if the drive belt is broken. Check the dryer belt to determine if it is broken. If the belt is broken, replace it.

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Drive Belt for your KenmoreDryer
Drive Belt - Part # 4248258 Mfg Part # 661570V

Dryer drum drive belt, 93 1/2 inches long, 4 ribs 3 grooves. The drive belt is a very long, slender belt that wraps all the way around the dryer drum, around a tension pulley, and then around the drive motor pulley. If the drum will not turn when the dryer is turned on the belt is likely broken.

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Cause 7Incoming Power Problem

If you have a gas dryer, unplug the dryer from the wall and plug something else into the outlet to determine if the outlet is working. If you have an electric dryer, check the home circuit breaker or fuses. If the circuit breaker or fuses are working, use a multimeter to test the outlet.

Cause 8Timer

The timer might be defective. However, this is very rarely the case. Before replacing the timer, check all the more commonly defective parts. If you determine that all of the other components are working properly, test the timer by using a multimeter and consulting the wiring diagram. If the timer is defective, replace it.

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Timer for your KenmoreDryer
Timer - Part # 904434 Mfg Part # WP8299771

Dryer timer. NOTE: Timers are often misdiagnosed. Visit our Repair Help section of the website for additional repair information.

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