Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repairLess than 15 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
Hing From Toms River, NJ
Feb 19, 2010
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Check the easy stuff 1st. The popular replacement parts on Kenmore dryer are Thermal Fuse & Thermostat. Check these components with an ohm meter for continuity. If the meter doesn't move, it means it is bad. The Thermal Fuse (#39 on diagram) & Thermostat ( #34) have 2 terminals. The Thermostat Internal Bias (#41) has 4 terminals - check 2 opposite terminals at a time with the meter. 1 set has a reading & the other doesn't. If you don't get reading at all, then it is bad. These parts are at the back of the dryer. I have a bad Thermal Fuse.
1) Unplug dryer.
2) Move dryer away from the wall for access to the back.
3) Remove screws on Rear Panel & the little cover with 1/4" driver.
4) Remove panel & cover.
5) Item #39 & 41 are on the left next to the Lint Chute Assy. #34 is on the right next to Heater Box (Follow the electrical wires). Remove 1 of 2 terminal wires to test the component. You may need to use pliers to assist.
6) Remove screws to replace component.
7) Do the reverse to put things back.
Make sure to vacuum all lint or dust. While you are at it, remove the control panel back cover to vacuum inside, especially the little circuit board & all wire terminals to keep things from shorting out later.
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Part Number: PS345113