My Kenmore dryer will start but shuts off in a couple of seconds.
Answer Hello Earl. Make sure the drum is not binding up in the unit. If you have to wait a few minutes to let the unit cool down to start it back, and the drum is not binding, then the motor 279787 is bad and will need to be replaced.
On my old Whirlpool (maybe early 1990's) heavy duty electric dryer, the dryer doesn't turn off. It starts and dries clothes, but smells like its getting too hot. When we use the "more dry -- less dry" setting, turn it to about the middle, then start a load, the dial does not move once the dryer is on (used to move slowly to the off position), it just stays where we put it. I took the vent apart, and its clean, and took the back off the unit and vacuumed it out, and the flap on the vent is fine too. Worried its going to start a fire. Would like to fix it if possible. Do these old units have sensors for humidity, is that how they know its "more dry or less dry". Thanks!
Answer Hello Mike,
The only difference between the timed dry and the sensor dry is the fact that the moisture is being sensed by the moisture bars. The unit will not send voltage to the timer for it to advance unless there is a decrease in the moisture level. For this reason, anytime the customer complaint is that the auto-dry cycles will not work, the issue is always duct related. Think of it like this: the dryer drum is riding on two felt seals. If there is too much back pressure from the ducting, the pressure is blown past these felt seals and this puts the lint, heat and moisture back into the cabinet with the thermostats, heating element, drum rollers, motor, etc. (Note also that the dryer cabinet is the air inlet so this can cause thermal fuses to blow). This causes you to use the dryer to heat your wet clothes. The only time I have ever found the issue to be caused by anything other than a ducting issue is if the dryer is missing a major interior seal, (drum seal, collector seal on front panel), or something like a dryer sheet is in the blower wheel, preventing proper air circulation. another note: All of the major manufacturers recommend strongly against flexible ducting since it restricts air flow.
Dryer drum stops turning when it get to cool down cycle on all setting.
Answer Hello James. It sounds like the timer W10185982 is bad and will need to be replaced on the unit.
My dryer takes at least 3 cycles to dry my clothes. They are hot when they are done so there's heat. But it doesn't matter the size of my loads, unless 10 small items, it takes forever to dry which is costing $$$$. It looks like troubleshooting thru the internet, I might need a thermostat cylinder. Do I need new heating element too? Or am I wrong in my solution?
Answer Hello Austin. It sounds like the venting system is clogged or kinked. You will need to check the vent and clean it out. Be sure and clean the vent pipe and the dryer air duct assembly. If the air flow is not good, the unit will retain moist air causing the clothes not to dry. Try running the unit with the vent unhooked from the back of the dryer and see if the dryer works properly.
Dryer shuts off on automatic Dry high heat Energy Preferred cycle, but works fine on the timed dry cycle.
The most likely cause for the unit not operating properly in the auto dry would be the timer itself. The cycling thermostat will need to be tested but if it checks ok then the timer is the issue.
Dryer will only heat on timed dry setting, and only stays hot for a few minutes then goes on and off. Tested with multimeter and cycling thermostat seems to be the culprit...it has continuity between two of the terminals, but does not between the two others. I just want to make sure before I order. Thanks!
Answer Kyle, to test the 3387134 cycling thermostat, at room temperature, you should read resistance (closed circuit) across the two larger silver colored terminals. Across the two brass colored terminals you should have a resistance reading of 56 to 84 K ohms if the bias heater is in tact. When a dryer works in one setting, but not the other(s), that could be attributed to a faulty time W10185970. You may want to check the timer heat circuit on all settings, before you order your parts.
Dryer does not start cycle. Panel shows sensing but no start of cycle.
Answer Hello Vince1949. You will need to check the thermal fuse and make sure the belt is not broken in the unit. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html