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    Kenmore Elite Dryer won't heat

    Asked Jun 1, 2006, 07:23 PM 16 Answers
    I have a heavy duty Kenmore Elite dryer for about 5 years (bought new) but it doesn't heat now. Power works fine. The inside part turns/tumbles fine. Light works when you open the door. We clean lint out each time. Just doesn't heat on any of the dial settings. I've switched power at the circuit breaker off & on.

    It's an electric dryer. Model number 110.60932990

    Is it likely the heating element? If not, what is the most likely problem? My gut feel says it would be cheaper to repair than buy a whole new unit. Repair shops aren't open yet, but I have to figure it would be a minimum service charge of $60 for anyone to come look at it.

    Recommendations?

    Thanks!

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    Jun 2, 2006, 03:38 PM
    Yes, most likely the element.Check it for continuity. If it has none it is bad. Still, replacing it is a whole lot cheaper than repacing the unit.
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    Jun 3, 2006, 07:08 PM
    It could be the heater, but there are several other possibilities as well. The heater is located behind the lower front panel on the right side. It is inside a metal tube. If you have a volt/ohm meter, you can disconnect the two red wires that are connected to the heater and check it for continuity. If you don't have one, you can simply remove the heater and see if it's broken somewhere. If it's not broken, it's not bad. It's been my experience over the last 15 years that these heaters don't usually fail all that often. It's more common to have a heater box cutoff open due to a restricted vent system. If the heater is okay, you can eliminate the other components by a process of elimination if you want to get into it. Let me know.
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    Aug 6, 2006, 09:02 AM
    I had problem with a dryer that wouldn't heat but everything else seemed to work. I found that my breaker in my breaker box had tripped, but only one leg had tripped, so the dryer would run but not heat. You check that as well as making sure you have voltage at the heat element.
    I found a place to buy parts for my kenmore very cheap. Cheap appliance parts . Com
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    Aug 6, 2006, 09:32 AM
    I have heard something about using dryer sheets that can cause the heating unit not to work. Try cleaning your lint trap with hot soapy water and seeing what it does. I know it's probably a long shot, but hey it is a cheep long shot right?
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    May 8, 2007, 07:45 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Wake_Forest_Buckeye
    I have a heavy duty Kenmore Elite dryer for about 5 years (bought new) but it doesn't heat now. Power works fine. The inside part turns/tumbles fine. Light works when you open the door. We clean lint out each time. Just doesn't heat on any of the dial settings. I've switched power at the circuit breaker off & on.

    It's an electric dryer. Model number 110.60932990

    Is it likely the heating element? If not, what is the most likely problem? My gut feel says it would be cheaper to repair than buy a whole new unit. Repair shops aren't open yet, but I have to figure it would be a minimum service charge of $60 for anyone to come look at it.

    Recommendations?

    Thanks!
    How to replace the heating element in a kenmore elite dryer
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    Feb 7, 2008, 04:25 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by applguy
    It could be the heater, but there are several other possibilities as well. The heater is located behind the lower front panel on the right side. It is inside a metal tube. If you have a volt/ohm meter, you can disconnect the two red wires that are connected to the heater and check it for continuity. If you don't have one, you can simply remove the heater and see if it's broken somewhere. If it's not broken, it's not bad. It's been my experience over the last 15 years that these heaters don't usually fail all that often. It's more common to have a heater box cutoff open due to a restricted vent system. If the heater is okay, you can eliminate the other components by a process of elimination if you want to get into it. Let me know.
    I change the heating elament and now works only for 2-3 minutes gos to cool off and shuts down the pans and shirts not dry
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    Feb 7, 2008, 04:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by koromili
    i change the heating elament and now works only for 2-3 minutes gos to cool off and shuts down the pans and shirts not dry
    What can be the problem
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    Feb 7, 2008, 08:59 PM
    Hope this helps -- check out these links -- good stuff

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    Mar 9, 2008, 09:06 AM
    I have a Kenmore Elite dryer that doesn't heat now. Power works fine. The inside part turns/tumbles fine. Light works when you open the door. Replace ignitor and cleaned all vents. Just doesn't heat.

    It's an electric dryer. Model number 110.73022101

    Recommendations?

    Thanks!
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