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Does not turn on - Kenmore Dryers

Posted by wesdaisy on Dec 31, 2010

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Hi,When most Kenmore dryers do not turn on at all. The most common cause of failure is the door switch and the door switch actuator. Here is how you can test this.1 Empty the dryer of clothes2 Locate the door switch actuator. it will be over along the top edge of where the door closes, just inside the lip. There will be a little (3/8th inch wide) metal tab covered in plastic. The is the actuator the is mounted to the electrical door switch. The door switch is a valuable safety device that prevents children, pets and adults from loosing limbs and other things in a spinning dryer. DON'T BYPASS IT. 3 The tab may simply be broken off. If you can push the piece and hear a clicking sound, it means the switch is probably good but the tab is not. 4 To test this push the tab in or jam a ball point pen in there until it clicks, turn the dryer timer on and push the start button. It it comes on, that was the issue.WARNING: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER PUT YOU ARM INTO A SPINNING OPEN DRYER DOOR.JUST DON'T DO IT. IT CAN RUIN YOUR DAY.5 If you push the tab and get no click but a sort of springy action. The switch is broken. Usually the switch replacement kit has both the metal tab and the switch. That is usually it.If you can supply me with the model number of the dryer, I can help you locate the right part and give some instruction on how to do it.Hope this helps,Best Regards,Mark

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