Dryer would not start

ApplianceKenmore Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Michael From Provo, UT

Sep 18, 2012

My old Kenmore dryer would not start. I used this website to troubleshoot the issue. It gave me a few suggestions which I tried in order of most common to least. I first just made sure the breaker was not blown. I used the multimeter on the electric plug to make sure it had power. I then used my multimeter to check the dryer door switch for continuity. It was good. I then checked the Thermal Fuse (found on the exhaust duct) for continuity. It was good. I was getting down to the "This rarely breaks" situation. I then tor apart the upper switch panel and pulled out the Push-to-Start switch to check for continuity. It had three connectors but I found a website that told me which ones to test. Continuity was not happening when the lever was pushed so I figured I had the issue. Ordered from PartSelect.com. Part arrived in 4 days. Fixed in 5 min. Woo Hoo. btw, I am not a repair-person, just someone who can follow instructions.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Push-To-Start Switch

Part Number: PS345729

In Stock