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How to Fix Kenmore Elite Electric Dryer Not Heating

If your Kenmore Elite dryer runs but does not heat then there are a series of troubleshooting steps you can do yourself to repair your dryer.  The problem could be a bad thermal fuse, a thermistor, or in my case, the electric heating element.  In this article I cover all the disassembly steps and how to fix Kenmore Elite electric dryer not heating.  This repair will also cover changing the drum belt, since you must remove the drum.

Appliance Involved:

  • Kenmore Elite Electric Dryer Model 110.606932990 (discontinued)

Parts Required:


Optional Parts:

Tools Required:

Repair Instructions

Step 1a: Verify the proper voltage.

One of my readers, Mike, who is a 30-year appliance repair veteran shared a step I initially missed, which could save you from unnecessarily replacing the heating element.  Electric dryers are 220 Volts where normal US outlets are 110 Volts.  They get the 220 volts by adding two legs of the 220 V service.  If one of the legs are dead you could have power at the dryer, enough to turn the drum and run the electronics, but not the power necessary for the heating element.  Here is his suggestion:

You should always check for correct voltage supplied. 240 volt circuit has two 120 volt circuits sharing a common neutral. It is possible and quite likely for a circuit breaker or fuse for one leg of that circuit to fail while leaving the other leg live. That could leave the controls and motor circuit operating normally but depriving the 240 heating circuit dead. All components would test good but still no heat.

Easiest way to test is to pull power cord plug out slightly to access male terminals with multimeter set for ac voltage. Should measure approximately 120 volts between each side post and center post and approximately 220 volts between two side posts.

If you don’t have 220 volts then you need to look into the electrical wiring and circuit breaker at your house but I’m not going to cover that here.  If you do have 220 V AC at your dryer then read on for how to troubleshoot your dryer.

Step 1b: Unplug your dryer.

We are working with an electric dryer so the first thing you are going to want to do is to unplug the dryer from the wall.  When we open up this dryer you could be electrocuted if you do not unplug your dryer.

Unplug the dryer before working on it

Alternatively, if you cannot get behind the dryer to unplug it, you can cut the power in the circuit breaker panel:

Dryer 60-Amp Circuit in Breaker Panel

If you use the circuit breaker panel to cut power to the dryer you should really test that the dryer will not come on before you proceed to make sure the label on the circuit breaker panel was correct (or that you switched the correct breaker off).

Step 2: Remove the control panel bezel ends.

There are snap-on plastic covers on each end of the control panel:

Kenmore Elite Control Bezel Location
Kenmore Elite Dryer Control Endcap Removal
Control panel end cap removed

Repeat for the left end cap.

Kenmore Elite Dryer Control Left Endcap Removed

Step 3: Remove the two control panel screws.

There are two Phillips head screws on the left and right lower corners of the control panel:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Control Panel Screw Locations
Kenmore Elite Dryer Removing Control Panel Screw

Step 4: Lift the control panel up and out of the way.

Caution:If you didn’t unplug your dryer in step 1 then you must do it before proceeding–you will be exposing the high-amp wiring that powers the dryer.

The control panel is hinged at the top back corners.  Grab low on each side and swing the bottom out and rotate the panel up and over:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Opening Control Panel

Here is a picture of the control panel opened up:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Control Panel Open

I was lucky that the tech manual was tucked under the control panel, which can really help in troubleshooting.

Step 5: Remove the screws from the rear of the top cover.

Unscrew the 3 hex head (and slotted for a flat-head screw driver) screws from the top of the back edge of the top cover.  The screws are 1/4″ hex heads so if you have a screw bit driver, it will fit perfectly over them:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Top Panel Back Screw Locations

Step 6: Remove the top panel.

Caution: The edges of the sheet metal can be sharp.

Slide the top a little more than an inch straight forward and then lift the top panel off.

Kenmore Elite Dryer Top Panel Removal

Once you have slid the top out you can lift it off:

Lifting off the top panel

Set the top panel aside.  I also cleaned the top while I had it off since a previous owner of the dryer had spilled laundry detergent up under the control panel.

Step 7: Remove the lower front panel.

There are two spring clips on the top of the lower panel in the following locations:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Front Panel Spring Clip Locations

The instructions I read elsewhere said to just pry the top edge till it came loose but that just resulted in bending the top edge.  I found an easier way–insert a thin flat screwdriver on the top of the clip and then gently lift the screwdriver up, which will release the lower panel:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Front Panel Spring Clip Release

Here’s the top edge of the panel released:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Front Panel Spring Clip Released

The bottom edge of the panel is sitting on two spring clips that thread into a slit on the bottom edge of the door:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Front Panel Removal

Set the lower panel aside.

Step 8: Remove the lint screen.

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Screen Removed

Set the lint screen aside.  You need to remove the screen because soon we will remove lint duct that it inserts into.

Step 9: Remove the door springs.

There are two door springs that we will need to remove, one on each side:

Location of the door springs

The easiest way to remove them is to unhook the bottom end from the dryer shell and then unhook the top end.  Here’s what they look like

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Spring Removed

Note: if you open the door, after removing the springs, the door will fall open as the springs support the door when it is being opened.

Step 10: Remove the lint duct.

The lint duct is held in place with two screws and a spring clip.  The spring clip is on the bottom left and the screws are on either side as shown below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Duct Screw Locations

Remove the two screws and then take a flat head screw driver and slide the spring clip to the left and up and off the bottom edge of the dryer shell. Here I am removing the spring clip:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Duct Spring Clip Removal

Here is the lint duct removed.  I cleaned it out before I put it back on because it was packed with lint:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Duct Removed

Step 11: Disconnect the drum lamp electrical connector.

In the top front left corner there is a black single electrical connector, which can be seen in the picture below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Lamp Electrical Connector Location

To disconnect this connector simply grasp each end of the connector and pull the connector straight apart.  A closer look at the connector:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Lamp Electrical Connector Disconnecting Instructions

Here the connector is disconnected:

Drum lamp electrical connector disconnected

Step 12: Disconnect the door switch.

Directly in front of the drum lamp connector there is a two wire switch with a white wire and a blue wire switch.  Pull the connectors directly off the terminals as seen below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Switch Location

Here the electrical connectors are disconnected:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Switch Connectors Disconnected

Step 13: Disconnect the moisture sensor wire.

There is a yellow wire with a red strip on it on the lower right:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Moisture Sensor Wire Location

Pull the connector straight off as indicated below in the picture which is taken looking up from below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Moisture Sensor Removal

Here the moisture connector is removed:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Moisture Sensor Removed

Step 14: Remove the 4 Front Door Panel Screws.

First remove the bottom two screws.  They are 1/4″ hex head.  Here is the lower right screw:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Assembly Lower Right Screw

The lower left screw:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Assembly Lower Left Screw

Once you have removed the bottom two screws, remove the top two screws:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Assembly Top Screw Locations

Step 15: Remove the front door panel.

Caution: there are sharp edges on the sheet metal.

Support the drum with one hand and carefully grab the top of the door panel.  The door assembly is supporting the front end of the dryer drum but it can safely rest on the other internal components of the dryer.  Lift it about a half-inch and then pull it straight off.  Here is the door panel removed:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Front Door Panel Removed

Set the door panel aside.  Be careful because there are two rollers on the bottom.

Step 16: Disconnect the drum belt tensioner.

We need to remove the drum to access the parts we need to troubleshoot.  To remove the drum we need to remove the belt from the tensioner.  You can access the tensioner on the lower left side of the drum as indicated below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Tensioner Access Location

Use a flashlight to see back around the drum.  Rotate the tensioner pulley up and to the left and slip the belt out from under the pulley:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Tensioner Disconnecting

Here the belt is disconnected from the tensioner:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Tensioner Disconnected

Make sure the belt is not looped over the shaft of the motor so the belt will not “snag.”  The motor shaft is at the lower center of the picture above.

Once you have the tensioner disconnected, the belt around the drum should be loose like this:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Loose

Step 17: Remove the drum.

Tip: I think this drum is exactly the same on the front end as it is the back end but you may want to mark which end went in first at this point, before you remove your drum.  Mine had some rust on the back end which let me know which end was which.

The easiest way to remove the drum is to put one hand into the drum, lift the drum slightly, and bring the drum straight out the front of the dryer.  you may need to spread the sides slightly.

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Removal

Set the drum aside.  You can set it on one of its end so it doesn’t roll around:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Removed

Step 18: Clean out the inside of your dryer.

This dryer was extremely dirty inside, which is actually dangerous as all that lint could catch fire.  You should definitely clean out ALL lint out of your dryer when you perform this repair.

Kenmore Elite Dryer With Drum Removed
Kenmore Elite Dryer With Drum Removed-Closeup

I used a vacuum and cleaned it out.

Step 19: Identify the components of the dryer heater assembly.

We are now at a point where we can really get in there and determine the root cause of the dryer not heating.  Because the dryer drum turns but the heat does not come on we are going to focus on the heater and the three main parts of that assembly: the thermal Cut-Off, High Limit Thermostat, and the Heating Element (all you can see is the connector in the picture below):

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Assembly Components
Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Element and Connector

These thermal switch, thermostat, and heating element are in series, and here is a snapshot of the schematic:

Heater Assembly Schematic

Because each of these components are in series you can test them in place without disconnecting their electrical connectors.  Because I’m in the habit of “isolating” components, I disconnected one leg of each component when I was testing it, but it is not necessary because there is nothing in parallel with each component.

Step 20: Test the heating element.

Set your multimeter to resistance (the horse shoe shaped symbol) and measure the resistance across the terminals of the heating element.  The resistance should be between 7.8 and 11.8 ohms.  When I tested mine, the multimeter read “OL” which indicates an open circuit, or infinite resistance.  This means that at some point in the heating element circuit, between where the two leads on the multimeter are connected, there is a break in the wiring.  THIS IS THE PROBLEM!  I’m going to go on and test the thermal switch and hi-limit thermostat too, to verify they are good while I’m in here.

Checking the heater element with a multimeter

Step 21: Test the high limit thermostat.

Keep your multimeter on the resistance setting and put one lead on each of the high limit thermostat and read the resistance across the thermostat.  The resistance should be nearly zero because the component is a “normally closed” circuit.  Mine read 0.3 ohms, which should be fine:

Testing the hi limit thermostat with a multimeter

Step 22: Test the thermal cut-off switch.

Move your multimeter leads down to the two terminals of the thermal cut-off switch, keeping the multimeter in the resistance setting, and measure the resistance across that switch:

Testing the high limit thermal switch with a multimeter

Technically the high limit thermal switch is a fuse, so it should be a normally closed short circuit as well and should be nearly a short circuit.  Mine read 0.2 ohms, which is fine.

Step 23: Troubleshooting summary.

The way this heating circuit works is that all three of the components are in series.  The thermal cut-off “blows” (i.e. opens the circuit) if the temperature gets above 350 degrees F, the high limit thermostat temporarily opens if the temperature reaches 250 degrees F and then closes again when the temperature drops below 250, to modulate temperature.  Each of these two components decide whether the heating element gets voltage across it, which heats the elements.  In my case, both the thermal cut-off and high limit thermostat are good, but the heating element is an open circuit, meaning the metal element wires have worn out and broken.  The heater assembly needs to be replaced.

Bonus: Thermal Fuse and Thermistor Testing

I wanted to poke around a bit more while I was in this dryer to point out the components for readers.  Two other components that are easy to access, that could keep the drum from turning and the fan from blowing, are the thermal fuse and thermistor.  They are on the blower housing:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Thermal Fuse Thermistor Location

I removed one of the wires from the thermal fuse and checked the resistance.  It read nearly a short circuit, which is about what it should be:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Thermal Fuse Testing

The thermistor read around 11k ohms:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Thermistor Testing

I looked up the thermistor in the troubleshooting manual and 11K is right around what it should read at room temperature:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Thermistor Resistance Value Table

Now back to the repair–replacing the heater assembly…

Step 24: Remove the heater assembly.

Remove the single screw and lift the heater shield out of the slot which its lower tab is tucked into:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Shield Screw Location

Here is what the heater element looks like from the end, with the heater shield removed:

view of the heater element with the heater shield removed

Disconnect both electrical connectors from the heater element.  They are on there pretty tight and I had to use a needle nose pliers to get them off.  Grip the connector in the location indicated below and never pull on the wires when removing electrical connectors:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Removing Heater Element Electrical Connectors

Remove the single heating element bracket screw:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Element Assembly Screw Location
Kenmore Elite Dryer Removing Heater Element Assembly Screw

The heating element assembly slides straight into the heater box on two rails, one on each side.  Mine fit rather tight.  To remove it I first pulled on the ceramic body where the electrical connectors are mounted (with my fingers) to get the heating assembly pulled out about an inch and then I clamped a pliers on the side and pulled on the gripped pliers (close to the end) and pulled it straight out the rest of the way:

Pulling out the heater assembly with a pliers

Here it is pulled all the way out:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Element Assembly Pulled Out

Step 25: Find the open circuit (optional).

Because I’m curious I want to really understand how things work and why they don’t.  I wanted to find the open circuit on my heating element so I could verify I was replacing the correct component.  I knew it was bad because of my multimeter readings which could not be wrong, reading an open circuit, but I wanted to see the break for myself.  FYI: you cannot solder a heating element because it gets so hot that the solder would just melt.  I quickly was able to visually locate the element break:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Element Broken

Step 26: Install the new heater assembly.

I would not touch the spiral heating element with your bare hands as the oil from your skin can cause the element to prematurely fail when it heats up.  Below is a picture of the new part.  Unwrap the bubble wrap from the electrical connector end:

Kenmore Elite Dryer New Heater Element Part 3387747

It’s not a bad idea to verify that the new part is the same size as the old part before you move on.  Mine checked out:

Kenmore Elite Dryer New Heater Element Compared to Old

Slide the new heater into the two slots on the side:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Box Slots for Element
Kenmore Elite Dryer Inserting New Heater Element Part 3387747

The assembly gets pushed in until the ceramic electrical connector hits the heater box.  Watch the hole where the mounting screw goes to align the hole on the heating assembly rail with the hole on the heater box as seen below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Aligning Heater Assembly

Install the single mounting screw:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Installing Heater Assembly Mounting Screw

Reconnect the wires.  I have a hard time believing that it matters which one goes on which terminal but the red wire with the white strip was connected to the top connector and the solid red wire was connected to the bottom connector on mine, so that is how I reconnected it:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Reinstalling Heater Assembly Wires

Here’s the new heater element installed:

Kenmore Elite Dryer New Heater Element Installed

Step 27: Reinstall the heater shield.

Tuck the tab in the slot:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Shield Tab Inserted

Then reinstall the single screw:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Heater Shield Screw Reinstallation

Step 28: Verifying the new heater element.

This is optional.  For fun I wanted to verify the resistance of the new element:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Testing New Heater Element

The new element measures a resistance of 9.9 ohms, which is almost exactly in the middle of the 7.8-11.8 ohms range–we are good to go!

Step 29: Put the drum back into the dryer.

I took the belt and put it around the drum to aid my lifting of the back edge of the drum (and because you cannot be holding the back edge when you insert it).  Put one hand in the front opening of the drum and support the back end of the drum with the belt as seen below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lifting Drum with Belt

Feed the drum into the housing via the front of the dryer and guide it on the round ledge on the back of the housing, which the drum glides on:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Reinstalled

If not supported on the front edge, the drum will come off the back lip where it rests.  I actually used a quick grip with limited success, to help support the front edge while I was moving on to the next step:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Reinstalled-Quick Grip Front Support

Make sure the back of the drum is seated on the back of the dryer as seen in the two images below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Reinstalled-Back Edge View Outside
Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Reinstalled-Back Edge View Inside

Step 30: Reinstall the drum belt.

First position the belt in the correct location on the drum.  You should be able to see where the belt was wearing.

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Placement

It’s a bit tricky to put the belt back on as it is difficult to see what you are doing while you are doing it as you reach back to work with the belt.  Access the belt from below and left of the drum:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Access Location

Loop the belt around the motor shaft, with the ribbed side towards the motor shaft and bring both ends of the belt together as seen below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Reinstalling Drum Belt

Keeping the two ends of the belt together push them down and to the right, making the belt tight and removing any slack from on side of the belt.  Bring the belt tensioner pulley up and slip the belt under it.  This is what you should have:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Drum Belt Reinstalled

Step 31: Reinstall the door assembly.

Put the door assembly back in place.  This involves positioning the drum on the lip of the door assembly and the corners of the door assembly back up on the lips on top of the dryer sides as indicated below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Assembly Reinstallation

Slip the door assembly on the drum and put the corners of the door assembly up on the top edges of the sides as seen below.  Reinstall the screws in the top two corners of the door assembly:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Assembly Replaced

You may need to lift up the bottom of the drum and push in the door assembly so the rollers slip under the lip of the drum as seen below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Front Drum Roller

With the lower end of the door pushed into place you can install the lower two front screws.  Here’s the right one:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Right Door Assembly Screw
Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Left Door Assembly Screw

Step 32: Reinstall the lint duct.

Reinstall the moisture sensor wire connector (the yellow wire with red stripe).  It goes on this terminal:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Moisture Sensor Terminal Location

Here it is reconnected:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Moisture Sensor Connector Reinstalled

Now slip the lint duct up on the lint trap frame and reinstall the two screws:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Duct Reinstallation Screw Locations

Reinstall the spring clip on the bottom.  Spread the spring open with a flat-head screwdriver and push it down on the lip of the dryer frame as seen below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Reinstalling Lint Duct Spring Clip

Once it is down on the lip you can slide it to the right into place to help hold the lint duct in place:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Duct Spring Clip Reinstalled

Step 33: Reinstall the door springs.

Here are the lower holes where the door springs hook into:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Spring Lower Hook Locations

First hook the lower end of the spring on the bottom hole (insert from the front).

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Spring Lower End Hooked

Then hook the top end straight above.  Here is the right side top end hooked:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Spring Right Side Top End Hooked

And the left side:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Spring Left Side Top End Hooked
Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Springs Reinstalled

Now that you have the door springs installed, reinstall the lint trap:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lint Trap Reinstalled

Step 34:  Reconnect the dryer light wiring.

In the front top left corner of the dryer there are three wires that need reconnected.  First the dryer light connector, two black wires, must be reconnected:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Lamp Connector Reinstalled

Secondly, reconnect the two wires to the door light switch.  The white wire goes on the left terminal and the blue wire goes on the right terminal:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Door Lamp Switch Connectors Reinstalled

Step 35: Test your dryer (optional).

At this point, before I got the dryer buttoned up any further, I wanted to make sure it was running correctly.  To test it out I had to do the following:

  1. Reconnect dryer exhaust line (not critical but I didn’t want to blow any dust around the house).
  2. Carefully flip down the control panel so you can turn it on (and to cover the place where the main power comes into the dryer).
  3. Reconnect the dryer to power.

I wanted to see that the drum was spinning smoothly and that the heater element glowed.  Here is a short video I shot demonstrating the dryer at this point:

Step 36: Unplug your dryer.

Important: If you plugged it in to test it out then you should unplug it before completing the re-assembly.

Step 37: Install the lower front panel.

There are two slits on the bottom edge (red squares) that sit down on the two spring clips (red ovals) on the bottom front edge of the dryer:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Reinstalling Lower Front Panel

Here the panel is sitting down on the springs:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Reinstalling Lower Front Panel-Bottom Springs in Place

Once you have the panel slipped on the springs you can rotate the top edge of the panel toward the dryer and push it shut and the top springs will snap the top into place:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Latching Lower Panel in Place

The panel replaced:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Lower Panel Panel Replaced

Step 38: Reinstall the top panel.

If you had lowered the control panel to test the dryer, flip it back up and out of the way.  The top panel is held in place by three tabs on the back and two catches toward the front on the underneath side of the panel.  Lay the top on the dryer in the position shown below:

Kenmore Elite Dryer Reinstalling Top Panel

Once you have the top on the position pictured above, slide the dryer back under the tabs.  There are catches that stick out from the top of the sides that “catch” the top as seen here in this picture from the right side on the front corner:


How to Troubleshoot Fuses on a Kenmore Front Loading Dryer

By Jerry Walch

Checking the fuses on a Kenmore dryer is something almost any homeowner can do.

If your Kenmore dryer runs but does not heat, the problem may be a blown thermal fuse in the heating-element circuit. The thermal fuse is designed to open if the high-limit thermostat fails to open the heater circuit when the drum temperature reaches unsafe temperatures. Some Kenmore dryers -- those with solid state controllers -- will also have a small fuse on the printed circuit board to protect the solid state components against current surges and short circuits. If the machine does not run at all, the problem may be a blown control fuse. Both the thermal fuse and control fuses are easy to check.

Accessing the Thermal Fuse

When troubleshooting any appliance, always begin by disconnecting the appliance from its power source. In the case of a clothes dryer, move it away from the wall and disconnect its power whip or cord from the dryer receptacle. To access the thermal fuse, disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer's outlet and remove the rear panel. The thermal fuse is a rectangular component near the heating element with wiring terminals on each end.

Testing the Thermal Fuse

To test any fuse, set the function switch on your digital multimeter to the "R X 1" scale or to its continuity function, if it has one. With a digital multimeter, continuity is indicated by “0.000” being displayed on its LCD. No continuity or an open circuit, as in the case of a blown fuse, is indicated by “O.L.” being displayed on the meter's LCD. To test the thermal fuse, remove the wire or wires from one end of the fuse, then touch one of the meter probes to each of the terminals.

Testing Control Board Fuses

Testing the small, glass-bodied fuse protecting the solid state components on the controller's circuit board is easy once you have gained access to the board. Depending on the make of Kenmore dryer, you may have to remove from two to 12 screws from the control panel to gain access to the board. The controller fuse clips into a fuse holder on the board, so pull the fuse from its clips. Alternatively, some fuses may be soldered into place, in which case it's necessary to unsolder one of the fuse ends before testing the fuse to prevent a false reading through other board components.

Replacing Fuses

When replacing fuses, ensure to replace them with an exact replacement. In the case of a thermal fuse, replace the defective fuse with one of the same temperature rating. When replacing a thermal fuse, also replace the high-limit thermostat because odds are that the high-limit thermostat failed to open and caused the thermal fuse to blow. When replacing a control board fuse, replace it with one of the same amperage rating.


Writer Bio

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jerry Walch has been writing articles for the DIY market since 1974. His work has appeared in “Family Handyman” magazine, “Popular Science,” "Popular Mechanics," “Handy” and other publications. Walch spent 40 years working in the electrical trades and holds an Associate of Applied Science in applied electrical engineering technology from Alvin Junior College.

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Dryer is not heating

Where did you find this tech? The gas coil part costs around $8.00

Cause 1

Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device designed to protect the dryer from overheating. The fuse is located on the blower housing or at the dryer’s heat source such as the heating element on electric dryers or at the burner on gas models. The fuse should be closed for continuity meaning it has a continuous electrical path through it when good. If overheated the fuse will have no continuity meaning the electrical path is broken and the fuse has blown out. A multimeter can be used to test it for continuity. Be aware that a blown thermal fuse is an indication of a restricted exhaust vent from the dryer to the outside. Always check the dryer venting when replacing a blown thermal fuse.


Cause 2

Gas Valve Solenoid

Gas dryers have two or more gas valve solenoid coils. The gas valve solenoids open the gas valve ports to allow gas to flow into the burner assembly. If a gas valve solenoid fails, the dryer won’t heat. To determine if one or more of the gas valve solenoids has failed, check the igniter. If the igniter glows and goes out but does not ignite the gas, the gas valve solenoid is defective. If one or more of the gas valve coils are defective, we recommend that you replace them as a set.


Cause 3


The igniter uses heat to ignite the gas in the burner assembly. If the igniter is not working, the gas will not ignite, preventing the dryer from heating. To determine if the igniter has burned out, use a multimeter to test the igniter for continuity. If the igniter does not have continuity, replace it.

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Kenmore is one of the most trusted appliance manufacturers around today, carrying a wide range of great products. Unfortunately, all machines are liable to break down sometimes. One of the most common problems with gas dryers is that the dryer won’t heat up.

The reason your Kenmore gas dryer is not heating might be due to a broken thermal fuse, gas valve coil, or thermostat. You should also check the gas supply and ensure that the exhaust ducts are not blocked with lint. To fix it, you will need to use a multimeter to check several components.

While the idea of checking multiple components with a multimeter might seem scary, it is quite a simple process once you get going. In this article, we’ll be going through the different steps to find out what is wrong with your dryer and what you can do to fix it. Let’s begin.

Kenmore Gas Dryer Not Heating

Checking the Ignition System and Exhaust Duct

  1. The first thing you need to check is whether the ignition system is working. You can do this by removing the small panel located at the bottom left corner on the front of your machine.
  2. If the ignition glows when you turn on the dryer, that means that the ignition and everything leading to it are working. Take note of what happened when you tested the ignition since this will guide you later on. 
  3. Next, unplug the dryer from the wall, turn off the gas valve and detach the exhaust duct leading behind the machine. One common problem that may prevent your dryer from heating up is if the duct has become blocked with lint.
  4. Remove the lint, replace the duct, make sure that it is attached properly and has no kinks or holes. Try to minimize the right angles, since this makes the duct more likely to become blocked. 

Now it is time to get out the multimeter and start checking the components. If you don’t have a multimeter already, the AstroAI Digital Multimeter available on Amazon is a great choice. The multimeter should be set to measure resistance, since this will allow you to test whether the current can flow through the component. If there is no continuity or if the resistance is 1 ohm, then the component will need to be replaced.

Testing the Key Components

  1. To check your components, you will first need to remove the back panel from the dryer.
  2. Before removing the panel, ensure that the supply of gas and electricity has been cut off and wear work gloves to protect your hands.
  3. You will need a ¼ inch nut driver like this TEKTON 1/4 Inch High-Torque Nut Driver to remove the screws which hold the panel in place.

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Testing the Thermal Fuse

If the exhaust duct behind the machine was clogged with lint, you probably would have a blown thermal fuse. That is because the blockage causes the machine to overheat, and the thermal fuse breaks the circuit to prevent a dryer fire. The thermal fuse is located beside the exhaust duct, which can be found behind the back panel on the bottom left of your machine.

How to Fix It

  1. When you have located the thermal fuse, remove the two wires which are attached to it.
  2. With your multimeter set to measure resistance (Ω), touch the probe leads on the multimeter against the terminals on the fuse where the wires were attached.
  3. If your meter gives a reading close to zero ohms (0Ω), that means that the fuse is still intact. If this is the case, reconnect the wires.
  4. If the meter tells you that there is no current flowing or if it displays OL or the number 1, that means the fuse is blown. 

Here is a video showing you how to replace a thermal fuse:


Testing the Gas Valve Coils

If the ignition glowed when you tested it and then went back out, but the burner did not ignite, that means you probably have a problem with the gas valve coils. Kenmore Dryer Gas Valve Ignition Solenoid Coil Kits are available from Amazon at a great price! Another sign that your gas valve coils are broken is if the dryer heats up initially but then stops heating.

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You can test the coils with a multimeter in the same way you tested the thermal fuse. As always, make sure that the gas and electricity is shut off before you start.

How to Fix It

  1. Begin by removing the lint screen on the dryer’s top panel, then unscrewing the housing which secures the lint screen to the dryer. 
  2. Next, push a putty knife like this Silverline 661661 Premium-Quality Expert Filler Knife under the dryer’s lid on either side to release the clips, then lift the lid off. 
  3. Disconnect the wire harness for the door switch. You can do this by pushing a slot screwdriver into the locking tab on the wire harness.
  4. Now, remove the mounting screws that hold the front panel in place, then lift the dryer’s front panel. 
  5. Remove the wires from the gas valve coils, release the mounting screws, and then lift the mounting bracket off the coils’ top. You can now remove and replace the coils. 

Here is a video showing you how to replace the gas valve coils:

Testing the Thermostats

If the ignition glowed when you checked it, but didn’t turn off again when it should, that means you likely have a problem with your cycling thermostat. You can buy a replacement Cycling Thermostat & Thermal Fuse for Whirlpool & Kenmore Dryer on Amazon. To make sure you can use your multimeter to check the cycling thermostat’s resistance the same way you checked the other components. 

You will also have to check the high-limit thermostat in the same way. A High Limit Gas Dryer Thermostat Replacement for Whirlpool Kenmore Dryer can also be found on Amazon.

How to Fix It

  1. Locate the thermostats. The cycling thermostat is located in the bottom left of the dryer if you are facing the front. The high-limit thermostat should be higher up and closer to the center of the machine.
  2. Remove the thermostat’s wires by gently pulling on them until the wire harness slips off the terminal. 
  3. Test the connection with your multimeter by touching the probe leads against the two terminals. If the meter reads q or OL, then you will have to replace the thermostat. 
  4. Remove the screws holding the thermostat in place and lift the thermostat out. Line up the replacement with the holes then replace the screws. Now, reattach the wires. 

Here is a video showing you how to replace the cycling thermostat:


Here is one showing you how to replace the high-limit thermostat:

Other Fixes

If none of the steps above fixed your machine, here are two more things you can try to:

  • Test the continuity of the igniter using your multimeter and replace if faulty. 
  • Test the flame sensor in the same way and replace it if faulty.

Here is a video showing you how to test these two components:


This piece has shown you how to troubleshoot some of your Kenmore gas dryer’s most common heating problems. Once you know how to check a component’s resistance with a multimeter, it is just a matter of going through the parts one by one to find the break in the circuit. If none of that worked, you would have to call a repair professional.

Use the methods provided as a guide to help you with the problem. Good luck with fixing your gas dryer.


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