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daisypooh Original Post: Dec 26 '06,  5:29 pm           Reply
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Kenmore dryer keeps shutting off

I have a Kenmore 110.60932990. It was bought in 2000 and just last week started stopping partway through a cycle! If I wait a while it will start back up but it is a pain and I am afraid it is using extra power! Anyone know what is going on??? Thanks!

     
daisypooh Posted: Jan 03 '07,  4:08 pm           Reply
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RE: Kenmore dryer keeps shutting off

WEll I cleaned it out of all the lint and it is still doing it! Also checked my circuit breaker and it was not tripped! I really want to fix this myself but do not know where to start! Can someone help me please?
If not I think I will just buy a used one and call it a day!!! Thanks in advance!

     
pvreditor Posted: Jan 05 '07,  10:09 am (Updated: Jan 05 '07,  12:27 pm)           Reply
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RE: Kenmore dryer keeps shutting off

Quote: daisypooh
WEll I cleaned it out of all the lint and it is still doing it! Also checked my circuit breaker and it was not tripped! I really want to fix this myself but do not know where to start! Can someone help me please?
If not I think I will just buy a used one and call it a day!!! Thanks in advance!

I wish I had some advice for you but there's not enough information to offer much help. Generally, things shut down when they get too hot, so it is possible that the motor or heating element is overheating. It's great that you cleaned out the lint, because that certainly can cause a dryer to overheat. Do you get good airflow out the exhaust vent? If that airflow is weak, there may be more lint or other obstruction in the ductwork (mice?) or there may be a problem with the fan. The drum motor might be getting hot because of friction (needs lubrication?) or there might be an article of clothing jammed in the mechanism somewhere.

I feel your pain but don't have enough information to give you more than a couple of generalities.

--Bob
     
daisypooh Posted: Jan 05 '07,  12:32 pm           Reply
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more info

Okay,
Well it heats no problem. I use it on the perm press cycle and it gets real hot! It shuts off maybe after 5-10 minutes and smells very hot, burning. So then it needs to cool before it will start again! Right before it stops it gets much louder than normal, so I know it is going to stop. I am gonna try to pull it apart sometime this weekend and see if I can figure it out! Check some thermostats,
What would I lubricate and what would I lubricate with? thanks for the help!

     
pvreditor Posted: Jan 05 '07,  1:15 pm (Updated: Jan 05 '07,  1:17 pm)           Reply
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Quote: daisypooh
Okay,
Well it heats no problem. I use it on the perm press cycle and it gets real hot! It shuts off maybe after 5-10 minutes and smells very hot, burning. So then it needs to cool before it will start again! Right before it stops it gets much louder than normal, so I know it is going to stop. I am gonna try to pull it apart sometime this weekend and see if I can figure it out! Check some thermostats,
What would I lubricate and what would I lubricate with? thanks for the help!

Is this an electric dryer? It would be excellent to know what is getting so hot. With the dryer off, can you reach into the drum and turn it? Is it super hard to turn or will it turn with a good, steady push? If it does not turn or if it is REALLY hard to turn, you should lubricate the drum bearing and the motor. Use a light oil, such as sewing machine oil or 3-In-1 Oil.

Find the point about which the drum spins. The drum bearing will be at that point. Clean away all the dust, lint and grime, and try to dribble three or four drops of oil into the bearing. Find the motor that spins the drum. Put a couple drops of oil on the motor's shaft at the point where the shaft enters the case of the motor. Work the shaft back and forth so that some of the oil gets into the motor. There is almost certainly a similar spot to oil at the other end of the motor, so put a couple drops of oil on it and again work the shaft back and forth. If you look very carefully at the motor, there may be a couple of spots on it labeled "Oil" or "Lubricate." If so, put several drops of oil into these openings.

The other thing that could be overheating is the heating coil (assuming it's an electric dryer). Again, are you getting good airflow through the vent? If the airflow is weak, the heating coil will overheat. Weak airflow is caused by an obstruction in the vent ductwork (either inside or outside the dryer), broken ductwork inside the dryer or a bad fan/motor. If the airflow is strong, you don't have to worry about this.

While you are in the dryer, vacuum up all the dust, lint and dirt you can reach. Look carefully at the rubber belt that goes from the motor to the drum. If it has deep cracks and looks like it will break soon, replace it. If it has a few minor cracks, don't worry about it.

I hope this will give you some ideas... good luck!

--Bob
     
daisypooh Posted: Jan 05 '07,  2:35 pm           Reply
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Gonna try!


Thank you thank you! I will look at all these things when I pull it apart! Yes it is electric, I am sorry for omitting that! I should have married a man who could fix things!

     
dandenise3940 Posted: Jan 15 '09,  7:01 pm           Reply
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dryer over heating

We are having the same trouble with our kenmore electric dryer.Our troubles started with dryer not heating at all. It still would run on air dry just wouldn't get hot. We replaced the heating element,Still wouldn't get hot so we then replaced the dryer cord that plugs into the outlet, because it was burned on one side,still no heat, then we bought an ohm meter and checked everything out. One of the thermostats wouldn't work so we replaced it. Now it heats but when it gets too hot it shuts off. We also replaced the dryer vent so we know nothing is obstructing that. We keep the lint cleaned out of the lint trap so we do not know what to check next. Any suggestions???????????

     
firestud80 Posted: Aug 04 '09,  8:43 pm (Updated: May 20 '10,  1:38 pm)           Reply
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I too am having the same stopping issue with my Kenmore Electric Dryer

I have a Kenmore 90 Series. A few weeks ago our electric dryer stopped heating completely. My first step was to replace the two (2) thermostats on the heater coil housing. I also replaced the thermal fuse on the duct housing.

Still no heat, but it ran like a top. I replace the actual heater coil and now I have heat to spare. Unfortunately it shuts off after a few minutes, I'll estimate about 5. After waiting about 30 minutes, it would run for another 5.

I also noticed that when I set the timer dial then hold the start button it seems to hesitate to start. This made me think there was an issue with the drum spinning. I spun it by hand and it was free. Next I too thought was that it was getting too hot.

I was very careful while installing the heating coil, I didn't want to spend another $60 on a new one. I'm questioning if I may have damaged the one or both of the thermostat while installing the coil. Maybe I scrapped it or something.

I'm stuck and desperate. Any ideas?


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05/20/2010

I ordered the motor from Sears, it took a few days to come in and 45 minutes to install. I haven't had any problems since. The motor was about $125 or so. Hope it works for you.

Pay attention to the drum belt when you put it back on. I had to fiddle with it a bit to get it just right, if not, it quickly works it way off the motor.

Good luck.

     
pvreditor Posted: Aug 05 '09,  11:26 am           Reply
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RE: I too am having the same stopping issue with my Kenmore Electric Dryer

Quote: firestud80
I have a Kenmore 90 Series. A few weeks ago our electric dryer stopped heating completely. My first step was to replace the two (2) thermostats on the heater coil housing. I also replaced the thermal fuse on the duct housing.

...snip...

I'm stuck and desperate. Any ideas?

Do you still have the old thermostats? Try re-installing one of the old thermostats and see what happens.

It sounds to me like the dryer is getting too hot and shutting down. Make sure the entire vent is clear and open -- you should be getting strong air flow through your vent duct.

Good luck!

--Bob
     
firestud80 Posted: Aug 05 '09,  12:19 pm           Reply
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Update

Well, after reading all of the issues and results, this morning I completely disassembled the dryer. Once the drum was out I vacuumed the unit out completely. I even gave the motor a few drops of 3-in-1 oil.

Still no change!

I went to Sears and bought the 3rd and last thermostat for the dryer. Its the thermostat attached to the duct housing.

Still no change!

WTF
adamanielsen@gmail.com

     
firestud80 Posted: Aug 05 '09,  1:00 pm           Reply
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Bob thanks for the tip. As I was sitting here thinking about my next step, I was passively thinking of going back the the original thermostats.

When I saw your reply I did it. Thanks. Unfortunately it hasn't started back up yet.

The motor hums for about 8sec and them shuts off. In about 30 min, I'm sure it will turn over again. I have recorded the hum that I can send you via email if you think that would help.

Do you think the thermo fuse, located on the exhaust duct housing would have anything to do with it? I can replace that too, back to the original if you think it would change things.

I priced the motor at $130. Its just not worth it. My wife is pretty upset at this point. She wants to buy a new one, but money it tight all over.

Thanks for your help

adamanielsen@gmail.com

     
pvreditor Posted: Aug 05 '09,  5:47 pm           Reply
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Do you think the thermo fuse, located on the exhaust duct housing would have anything to do with it? I can replace that too, back to the original if you think it would change things.

I priced the motor at $130. Its just not worth it. My wife is pretty upset at this point. She wants to buy a new one, but money it tight all over.

I understand money being tight. Even when money is not tight, it's worth taking a stab at fixing something. I just completed a car repair tonight that would have cost me $150 at a mechanic, and the part cost just $6 and it took two hours. That $144 is something I can now spend on something else.

Yes, go ahead and try the old thermo fuse. It certainly can't hurt.

Is this an electric or gas dryer?

Can you turn the motor by hand? When the motor is humming for eight seconds, have you tried to give a little push to the drum to get it turning? It sounds like the motor is seized or has an internal winding failure, but I'd like to play with it a little to be sure. If you feel comfortable doing this, connect a power cord directly to the motor and see if it runs. (I can understand if that doesn't sound safe but it's a technique I use occasionally.) If the motor doesn't run with power directly connected, then it's a bad motor. If the motor runs, then something in the dryer is blocking power to the motor.

As I said before... good luck!

--Bob
     
firestud80 Posted: Aug 05 '09,  7:24 pm           Reply
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Bob,

I'm completely comfortable doing this myself. Whatever it takes to figure it. I just want to be clear.

You say connect directly to the motor. Are you saying remove the motor or remove the drum and belt? When I lubed the motor I only gave it 6 drops, 3 at the bearing housing near the belt pulley and 3 at the bearing housing on the opposite side.

Other than vacing the dust from the motor, I didnt inspect it or remove it. I was able to turn it freely by hand at the time though. How would I connect the power cord directly to it? Are there power screws on it?

It is an electric dryer.

Thanks



     
pvreditor Posted: Aug 06 '09,  6:06 am (Updated: Aug 06 '09,  8:23 am)           Reply
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You say connect directly to the motor. Are you saying remove the motor or remove the drum and belt? When I lubed the motor I only gave it 6 drops, 3 at the bearing housing near the belt pulley and 3 at the bearing housing on the opposite side.

Other than vacing the dust from the motor, I didnt inspect it or remove it. I was able to turn it freely by hand at the time though. How would I connect the power cord directly to it? Are there power screws on it?

It is an electric dryer.

I'd have to see the dryer to give you step-by-step instructions but here's what I'd do in general:

1. Look at the wiring diagram for the dryer and determine whether the motor is 120V or 240V. There may be a label on the motor that states this.

2. Disconnect the motor's wires in the most convenient spot.

3. Remove the belt.

4. Connect a power cord to the wires that you disconnected in step #2 and plug that cord into power. Determine if the motor runs.

#2 is what I can't specifically advise you on, as I don't know what sort of connector is used (if any) to connect the motor inside the dryer. There *should* be some sort of connector. In extreme cases, I've cut wires, stripped them, and twisted on a temporary cord. If the motor works, then I solder the original wires back together and tape things up safely. (A trick I do lately is to use a nylon zip tie around the taped connections, to make sure the tape doesn't unravel. That's a good idea inside a warm dryer.)

If you run through these steps and motor runs, then something else in the dryer is preventing power from properly reaching the motor. It's possible that the motor is 240V but only half of the circuit (120V) is reaching the motor. Some checking with a voltmeter would be useful... I have a few cheap digital voltmeters that cost $10 each, and they've worked perfectly for more than 10 years.

The only thing more I can say is: Good luck!

--Bob
     
firestud80 Posted: Aug 12 '09,  10:13 am           Reply
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sigh

well, everyone I talk to says its the motor. I priced it at $125 and debated on just replacing the whole dryer.

I already have so much time and money invested in it so far, I'm just gonna replace the motor and see what happens, I'll let you know.


Thanks

     
risingson05 Posted: Oct 18 '09,  1:43 pm           Reply
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kenmore heating element

hi just took out the heating element in a kenmore 90 series electric dryer and I noticed the metal plate where the coils are attched too is cracked and a black burnt spot is thier ..The question is would that cause my breaker to trip

     
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hi just took out the heating element in a Kenmore 90 series electric dryer and I noticed the metal plate where the coils are attached is cracked and a black burnt spot is there ..The question is would that cause my breaker to trip?

It's hard to say for sure without seeing it and knowing more, but the answer is quite possibly yes. What you describe could easily be evidence of a short circuit that would cause a breaker to trip.

--Bob
     
debbyo Posted: Feb 12 '10,  4:15 pm           Reply
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Kenmore Dryer not working

I bought my Kenmore dryer circa 1998. Up to this point, it has performed well.

Recently it quits running after 5 minutes. It seems to be putting out heat, but it still stops regardless.

I unplugged it and tried to clean up as much lint around it as I could without taking the whole back off of the dryer. When I dismantled the dryer hose from the back of the dryer, I noticed that there was an under wire piece from a bra I apparently dried at one time recently. It was just laying by the outer rim of the hole. I wonder if it has anything to do with the drying shutting off before the clothes are dry. Could it have shorted out a heating element? I was ruling that out because the dryer still is producing some heat. The dryer is only functioning on the air dry mode at this time, so I am grateful for that even though it will take an eternity to dry my clothes at this point. Please advise if you can help me with my dilemma.

Thanks,

Deb

     
denis_40 Posted: Feb 09 '11,  9:05 am           Reply
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Kenmore Dryer C110 shutting off after minute than can restart

Hi I have this electric Kenmore dryer that shuts off after few minutes. The element was burnt to begin with so I replaced that. Same thing runs than shuts off. Tested all thermostats they work. Removed the drum to run the motor with no load still the same thing. The dryer is clean spick and span clean so no issues with that.
Tested the wires connected to the element thinking maybe I installed them wrong all ok. So now I replaced the motor with a good used one still the same issue. Runs than shuts off wait for 5 minutes than I hear a clicking sound hit the start button and bang runs for a few than shuts off.
Dont have a clue what else to try OOOH!! try different settings on the timer and still the same issue. Any ideas here before dryers meets recycler soon

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