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 Posted: Sat Jul 22nd, 2006 01:49 am
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Hi there,

I have a Kenmore automatic electric dryer (model 110-8660291, serial MF0401105).  It's from 1996. 

At the end of the drying cycle, the buzzer goes and won't stop.  It only stops if you open the door (and leave it open!  It kicks in again if you shut the door).  In fact, the dryer's "push to start" button is useless - you just shut the door and the dryer keeps going.  It almost seems like the momentary switch inside the push-to-start button is shot and fused in the "closed" state.

Before I open the front panel to confirm this, can anybody offer a different theory?  Maybe the door-open sensor is somehow wonked?  Maybe this whole thing is a known problem with a known solution (google has not helped)?

Thanks!

Tim

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Get out your meter(if none you can get a cheap one at Radio Shack) and check the push to start circuit. This is the best place to start.



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Does this unit have a auto dry. If so check the vent. If it cycles off the hi limit instead of the tsat it will not advance. Otherwise check power at the timer motor. to make sure it is advancing

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Need to start at the start switch, likely shorted internally, then address any other issues...



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Start switch should be a (Momentary Switch) If shorted it should kick the breaker after melting all the wires.

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Okie dokie... I will check the push-to-start switch with my multimeter sometime (hopefully) this weekend.  Thanks for the suggestions!  I will let you know what I find.

Tim

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Hey folks,

I took apart the control panel, and sure enough, the resistance across the momentary push-to-start switch was high even when not being pushed.  I opened the switch up, and the spring-loaded metal contact was indeed fused at both ends.  I unfused one end, closed up the switch, and it works fine now!  Thanks for the confirmation of my suspicions.  :-)

Take care
Tim

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