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Kenmore 659... | Answered on Apr 27, 2018


Thermal fuse I bet

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Jan 30, 2018


did it run before you got it?also what's the model number on the dryer,open the door look around where you put the clothes in and you'll see a tag with the model and serial numbers on it,kenmore doesn't make anything the only way to tell who made it is by the model number,110. is whirlpool,417. is frigidaire,send the full model number,things to check and that it's wired correctly,not being a wiseguy but i've seen them wired wrong,open the door and check the door switch,push on it and you should hear a click and the light should turn off and on,if that's good make sure the belt isn't snapped,most dryers have a belt switch,if the belt breaks the dryer won't run,if that's good your gonna have to get in there with a meter and check the thermal fuse and t-stats on the blower wheel housing and on the heater box,these are the easiest things to check and hopefully you'll find something wrong or one of the t- stats popped.if the thermal fuse or high limit is popped clean out the duct that the lint filter slides down into,if the dryer can't move air because it's blocked with lint one of the t-stats will pop as a safety,you said you just hooked it up so it's not a blocked vent line also you could have a bad cycling t-stat or a grounded heater,if the dryer runs to hot one of the t-stats will pop and the dryer won't run,it's easy to check the heater,just stick one of your leads from your meter on the metal outside case of the heater and touch the other lead to one side of the element,do this to both sides of the element one at a time,if you get a reading the element is grounded if not it's ok.hope this helps you out if you need more help send the model number

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Nov 09, 2017


Had same problem with my ex-wifes drier. If possible load test your wall outlet. Chaces are one side of the breaker is not putting out what it should.240 total 120vac each leg.

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Oct 03, 2017


This is a pretty easy fix and I recently had the same problem. I made a quick video about it. The problem was the dryer was run only a few mins then quit. The dryer limit was tripping because the control thermostat was not shutting down the lower safety limit was tripping and the power from the control thermostat was diverted via the orange wire to the timer motor which kinda caused the main motor to stop. When i ran the dryer in NO HEAT the dryer stayed running and that was my clue as to what may of been happening and that was the problem in a nutshell. My video:

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Kenmore 659... | Answered on Jun 30, 2017


Electric dryer no start does nothing

Check dryer Terminal block prongs both outside prongs should give combined 220, and 110 each if u check 1 outside & 1 center (ground) prong. Also check house electrical outlet for full voltage.

CHECK THERMAL SHUT OFF THERMOSTAT USUALLY LOCATED ON THE BLOWER. for OHMS or resistance with a meter. Should show a closed circuit. Ohms WHEN THIS FUSE BLOWS IT WILL SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING.

NEXT Test the PUSH start switch with meter for OHMS. Should show OHMS when pushed in or on start, and no ohms or infinity when in off position.

If you hear a humming/clicking sound from motor area you more than likely have a bad motor.
Try this test out to see if u have weak windings or relay/capacitor on motor.
Open the dryer door and turn by hand the drum while machine is on ON position. And you or someone else presses the door engagement switch in. If it starts up then u have bad windings

Another thing to check is the belt safety switch. With a multi meter.
Especially if u just replaced the belt. The belt safety switch is attached to the Tensioner and motor. IT LOOKS LIKE A DOOR SWITCH SOMEWHAT a little black pc of plastic with 2 prongs going into it. Sits at bottom of motor. Under the Tensioner. Attach meter clips to the 2 prongs on switch, Then when the little white push button is pressed in it should show continuity and none when released.

Lastly check ur DOOR SWITCH for continuity with a meter when the button is pushed in the (on/Door closed position,) it may have gone bad.


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Kenmore 659... | Answered on Jan 07, 2017


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Electric dryer no start does nothing

Check dryer Terminal block prongs both outside prongs should give combined 220, and 110 each if u check 1 outside & 1 center (ground) prong. Also check house electrical outlet for full voltage.

CHECK THERMAL SHUT OFF THERMOSTAT USUALLY LOCATED ON THE BLOWER. for OHMS or resistance with a meter. Should show a closed circuit. Ohms WHEN THIS FUSE BLOWS IT WILL SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING.

NEXT Test the PUSH start switch with meter for OHMS. Should show OHMS when pushed in or on start, and no ohms or infinity when in off position.

If you hear a humming/clicking sound from motor area you more than likely have a bad motor.
Try this test out to see if u have weak windings or relay/capacitor on motor.
Open the dryer door and turn by hand the drum while machine is on ON position. And you or someone else presses the door engagement switch in. If it starts up then u have bad windings

Another thing to check is the belt safety switch. With a multi meter.
Especially if u just replaced the belt. The belt safety switch is attached to the Tensioner and motor. IT LOOKS LIKE A DOOR SWITCH SOMEWHAT a little black pc of plastic with 2 prongs going into it. Sits at bottom of motor. Under the Tensioner. Attach meter clips to the 2 prongs on switch, Then when the little white push button is pressed in it should show continuity and none when released.

Lastly check ur DOOR SWITCH for continuity with a meter when the button is pushed in the (on/Door closed position,) it may have gone bad.

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Jan 05, 2017


check breaker or fuse and be sure you have 220 volts @ dryer with volt merter

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Jul 29, 2016


HI if theres a bottom panel on you dryer. remove front panel. their is where the thermal fuse is located on the air duct. if you dont have a bottom panel. pull the dryer from wall. remove back panel. clean all dust in dryer and the venting. the thermal fuse is on the left, on the air duct. a small plastic piece, with 2 blue wires to it. replace this part. thanks the appliance doc.please rate my answer. thanks.

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Sep 02, 2014


HI thanks for your question. the thermal fuse is located at the back of the dryer. remove back panel. thermal fuse is located on the air duct. on the left. a small plastic peace with 2 blue wires to it. replace this part. also clean all venting. this could cause the thermal fuse to fail. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks.

Kenmore 659... | Answered on May 25, 2014


Some lower panels are a friction fit and may have to be carefully pried off to gain access inside.

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Mar 04, 2014


Is the switch bad or did the cheesy sheet metal just bend a bit so the switch isn't being activated?

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Dec 15, 2013


Your thermal shutoff fuse is blown. Unplug and remove back cover. Located on right side two wires attached to it. Something caused it to blow though. Mine just did the same and I'm still not sure why

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Oct 12, 2013


only thing i can think of without being there and able to test parts is your door catch could be faulty

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Jul 12, 2013


The circuit panel could be at fault

Kenmore 659... | Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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