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How do you replace the door switch in a Kenmore 70 Series 68702 electric dryer?

For quite awhile, the dryer drum has continued to turn when opening the door in the middle of a cycle. This wasn't a problem for me. When drying a load yesterday, the drum stopped turning in the middle of the drying cycle, even though the heat was still working. The drum turns when I rotate it by hand, but stops after about 1/4-1/2 turn, so I'm thinking the belt must be okay, and it may be the door switch, which does seems loose when I touch it with my finger.

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  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    The new door switch arrived yesterday, and I just changed it, but the dryer drum still isn't turning. What do you suggest I check next? Thanks for your help!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 26, 2012

    I didn't know that the unit was heating. Disregard the thermal fuse. You have a problem with the motor. Does it hum or anything?

  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    It sounds perfectly normal, actually, and the dryer turns on just fine. The drum just stopped turning last weekend halfway through a 30-minute drying cycle, and I only realized that when I suddenly couldn't hear the clothing flipping around inside.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 26, 2012

    OK, replace the motor and you will be good to go. Here is the motor to order.http://bit.ly/10JAv6g There is a video on that parts page to show you how to change the motor out and the part also has a 365 day. any part, any reason return policy so you won't have worries if you need to return it. That's why I only use that parts supplier. Keep me posted!

  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    I just discovered something that may change your answer. There is no "idler pulley," as shown in the video, around my drum. There's a dark line encircling the drum where that pulley would have been, though, so I used a flashlight to look down inside to the right of the drum, and I think that pulley might have broken and is laying down on the inside bottom. Does this make the situation better or worse? (This dryer has only been used for 1-2 loads a week since first purchased, so it definitely hasn't been overworked. It's 9-10 years old.)

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 26, 2012

    It's a lot cheap to replace the pulley. You will need to open the cabinet to inspect it further.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 26, 2012

    Here is a video to show you hoe to open the unit.

  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    Definitely cheaper! May I tell you what I find after opening the cabinet? That may not be until tomorrow. I appreciate your help SO MUCH, Richard!

  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    The other videos you've sent show how to open both the front and the back, but I'll watch this one, too. Thanks so much!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 26, 2012

    Keep me posted!

  • hotlinguist Dec 05, 2012

    Finally opened the dryer to get the broken belt out. (Too many other constant interruptions with other hassles.) Anyway, I don't think I need the whole kit (4392065). The rollers and idler pulley look okay to me. I think I could take of this with just the belt (341241), because that is what snapped, and it was coiled on the bottom inside the dryer. (The original broken belt has the part #3394651 on it, but I believe 341241 is the correct replacement for it, right?)

  • hotlinguist Dec 05, 2012

    I meant "take care of this," not "take of this" in the paragraph above.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Dec 05, 2012

    Yes, here is the belt replacement.http://bit.ly/11FRqXS

  • hotlinguist Dec 10, 2012

    Success, Richard! I installed the new belt, and my dryer is working again. My next replacement will probably be the drain pump on my washer, from what I've learned through researching it. My machne is starting to have a small leak from the bottom center front during the spin/drain cycle. Not too bad yet, and only sometimes. Thanks so very much for all your help!

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What is the model number of your unit? Look inside the door area.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012

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  • hotlinguist Nov 20, 2012

    Sorry, thought I put the model # above, but the full model/stock number is 110.68702894. Thanks!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 20, 2012

    OK, you will need to replace the door switch on that model. Here is the part to order.http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/clic... There is a video on that same page to show you how to change the switch. Keep me posted!

  • hotlinguist Nov 20, 2012

    That's exactly the part I already found on eBay last night and put on my watch list there, so thanks for confirming that my guess was correct (part 3406107), and I can now order it! I'll check the link you gave me. Hope there are also written instructions, because watching a video isn't going to work on my dial-up internet. :( Thanks so much for your help! (I successfully replaced the lid switch on my Kenmore washer by myself two years ago, so hope this will turn out as well!)

  • hotlinguist Nov 21, 2012

    Update: I was able to watch the video using a friend's highspeed internet, so thanks again for all your help! Just have to wait for the part to arrive now.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 21, 2012

    Keep me posted!

  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    The new door switch arrived yesterday, and I just changed it, but the dryer drum still isn't turning. What do you suggest I check next? Thanks for your help!

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 26, 2012

    Check the thermal fuse on the rear of the unit for continuity. Here is that part in case it's bad.http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/clic...

  • hotlinguist Nov 26, 2012

    Doesn't that part have to do with heat? My dryer is producing heat. It's just that the drum isn't rotating. (The old door switch was faulty, by the way. Its black "lever" was very loose, so I don't regret having replaced that.) Forgive my ignorance, but how do I check the thermal fuse to see if it's bad? Do I need some kind of meter for that, which I don't own? Sorry, I'm a female, self-taught, do-it-yourselfer. :)

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What you describe is either a failed evenheat board or a failed motor relay.
Please post the complete model number from the machine and I can help you narrow it down. There should be a wiring diagram inside the console with voltage checks also.
Thanks/Mike

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SOURCE: Kenmore series 80 Gas Dryer: No heat

ck the thermo fuse then ck the gas valve for power and the igniter to see if its broken probley igniter if you dont see a glow comeing from it

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ok you need to change the belt take model number off machine go to appliance shop get replacement belt open front of dryer belt goes around drum around pulley on motor then under tentioner pulley thank you for useing fixya please rate me

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SOURCE: kenmore series 70 electric dryer will not heat up, but will rotate.

remove the back cover and check the heater box fuse and the heating element,do you have a meter?

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SOURCE: Dryer drum stopped rotating, dryer blower continues to work.

The belt probably broke, and coincidentally happened while drying the shoes. The belt is easy to replace. Open the back and you'll probably see the belt laying on the bottom

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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.

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Another thing to check is the belt safety switch. With a multi meter.
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