Would not come on and before took long time to dry.

ApplianceKenmore Dryer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Wrench set

Daryl From Magnolia, TX

Dec 18, 2012

Unhooked power cord and vent hose. Leaned the whole dyer forward and rested it on its front. Took out about 6 screws with a 1/4" nut driver which allowed me to remove the back panel. On this unit the panel when removed allowed acess to about 3/4 of the rear of the dryer. Not sure how the rest comes off but looks like you would have to remove the top but I didn't need to anyway. Checked the thermal fuse like the video said and there was no continuity so I knew that was the problem. Unscrewed the one screw holding it on and screwed the new on on and transfered the two wires and done I was done. Being that the dryer is 20+ years old I figured I would change everything associated with the heating while I had it opened. So I replace both thermostats and and the heating element. The thermostats had the wire terimals marked with numbers so I matched the numbers on the new tothe old one by one to keep from mixing them up. The heating element took the longest because I could not remove the whole assembly that housed it because of the top portion of the rear panel not coming off. The element was held in by a single screw that was on the back side of the element housing so I had to use a box end 5/16 wrench and unscrew it a little at a time until loose. Of course the screw fell out of my hand and into the dryer which I finally located and removed with a magnet. I was a little tight getting the element out and then the new back in but I got it in and hooked the two wires to it which I think doesn't matter which wire went to which terminal because they were not numbered. I put the little screw back in and the back panel back on. Stood the dryer back up and hooked the vent back on and plugged it in and turned it on. Works great and now it drys like it used to. Maybe we will get 30 years out of it.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Thermal Cut-Off Kit

Part Number: PS334278

In Stock

Cycling Thermostat

Part Number: PS344510

In Stock

Thermal Fuse

Part Number: PS345113

In Stock

Heating Element

Part Number: PS373014

In Stock