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I had possibly a similar problem with a Kenmore 90 electric dryer. Sometimes pushing the start button would just make a buzzing sound, but the drum would not turn.
I ended up replacing the motor and so far it seems to start up smoother and quicker. In the process of taking it apart, there was a surprising amount of lint piled up in front of the blower intake. This is after the lint screen and not really possible to get to without taking off the lower front panel and then removing the duct to the blower. Perhaps it was dragging on the blower and causing the motor to overheat. Worth looking at first, perhaps.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Apr 28, 2014

if the flame is lighting you have lint blocking the air flow either in the dryer or in the vent line,also if you have a flame for the first 10 to 20 minutes and then the flame doesn't light you have bad gas coils located on top of the gas valve,when the coils are bad they can work for the first 10 to 20 minutes until the coils get hot and then they fail and you'll see the ignitor glowing orange but no flame,bad gas coils.then when the coils cool down they can work again.hope this helps.you can try removing the vent line from the back of the dryer and see if the flame stays on,if lint is blocking the air from blowing out the flame won't stay lit long enough to dry the clothes.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Feb 03, 2014

if the flame is lighting but the clothes don't dry you have a blocked vent line or lint blocked up in the dryer and needs to be cleaned out.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jan 25, 2014

This is commonly a thermal switch. The switch is saying to the control that there is too much heat in the lint filter plenum so don't start to avoid a fire. It's located in the plenum somewhere and costs only a few bucks to replace. Call Sears with your model number. Of course, if you have the dryer apart you might as well clean it good and check the drive belts for looseness or cracking. Good Luck. -

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jan 17, 2014

Centrifugal start switch, built into motor, may not be releasing when motor comes up to speed. A little light oil on sliding part of switch might help.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Dec 27, 2013

If the hum is loud I would suspect something is jammed and the motor is stopped leading to a heavy current running through the motor. After 5 or 10 minutes I would anticipate the circuit breaker would trip or the motor would burn up. If the humming suddenly stops then a thermal overload switch might be activating and when it cools down normal operation resumes. This is my only insight.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Oct 29, 2013

Normally a capacitor start motor will have the capacitor mounted on the motor in a rounded enclosure while a regular motor will have an uninturrupted round housing.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Oct 29, 2013

capacitors are generally located quite close to the motor, and are easily changed, once you have gained access to the inside of the machine, that i can not help you with, it does sound like a capacitor but it could have also damaged the motor by trying to run it repeatedly, stop trying to use the appliance and change the capacitor, change with one the right size only, work with safety remove plug when working on appliances, if i have helped rate me please

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Oct 29, 2013

turn unit off, remove top panel, reach down towards the door lock there is a manuel release on bottom of door lock

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Oct 25, 2013

See if you can move the drum up and down with your hand by pressing up on the inside of it. Could be a bad bearing.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jul 09, 2013

Try this and let me know what happens.
To reduce the suction draft and drying time your drier and save some cash, remove the lint catcher and take it to the sink. Run water into it, if there is excessive pooling of the water (water not running straight through) then fabric softener is fouling the lint screen. Use a small brush and dish detergent to clean it and then shake off all the water and dry the screen. Remember this tip on future driers and you will make the dryer blower motor last much longer.


Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jun 21, 2013

The thermal fuse is going to be located on the heating element housing. When you take off the front panel you will see your lint screen housing. You will need to remove that to get to the element housing. Once that's out of the way the thermal fuse should be right on top of the housing. It is small and has two small wires coming off of it. The wires should be different colors. Just don't get it mixed up with the thermostat. Just match it up with the new one that you have. It is held in place with two small screws. Let me know if you have any other questions or still can't find it, also let me know if this was helpful. Good luck and glad to help out.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jun 11, 2013

It sounds like you need a start switch located on the motor To replace this you will need to get the 2 screws off where the harness plugs into the motor MAKE SURE THE POWER IS OFF :) Ask you locat parts placeGood luck:)

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jan 28, 2013

Unplug the dryer. Open the control console.Mark and remove the wires from the start switch.
Using a volt meter set for continuity,touch meter leads to R1 and R2 while pushing the switch. No reading is a bad switch.
Touch meter leads to R2 and CT1. No reading is a bad switch.
If the switch checks out good the start windings in the motor are bad.

Kenmore 73952... | Answered on Jan 28, 2013

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