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Replacing moisture sensor in Kitchenaid dryer. I have Kitchen Aid electric superba dryer model KEYS850GT0, ~15 years old. Runs great except the moisture sensor came out into the drum. The part appears to be intact. How do I put it back. Do I need to make attachments behind the drum ? If so, can you direct me to schematics for any disassembly. The dryer seems to run on the time settings ok.

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Go to www.repairclinic.com and enter KEYS850GT0. With luck you will be presented with a list of common replacement parts and may be able to view a generic KitchenAid dryer disassembly video.

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SOURCE: KitchenAid Superba dryer(electric) will not

You probably have a bad thermal fuse, small white two teminal fuse on the blower housing.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

jsrock516

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SOURCE: kitchen aid dryer

The following link explains a little theory about glow bar type igniters:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r401858-replacing_oven_igniter_gas_range

Now...I know the link explains how to replace an igniter in a gas range. The theory of operation and the types of igniters are the same, however. Just because your igniter glows, does not mean it is good. Igniters become weak through frequent use and age. Over a period of time, the igniter will not draw the necessary current to open the gas valve. An igniter does not have to be that far out of tolerence on some model burner assemblies to cause a no ignition problem. If you have tested the igniter and it is within the tolerances prescribed in the link I provided for you, I would recommend replacing the gas valve solenoids. There are two of them. If you go to replairclinic.com and type in the model number you provided, the solenoids will be listed as item number 3479. The igniter is listed as item 3415. The parts are not that expensive and are simple to replace. I'm not stating that these components are bad, but these are the more common fail items on a burner assembly and it would be a recommended place for you start. I hope this helps you. Let me know if you have further questions.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

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SOURCE: kitchenaid superba dryer won't heat

Q - My electric dryer runs but will not heat, what could stop my dryer from heating?
A - Things that could stop a electric dryer from heating:
- house fuse or breaker ( needs two of them ), heating element, burnt wire, thermostat(s), thermal fuse ( not all models ), motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, burnt power cord/plug.
A ohm meter test for these parts is here.
Q - My gas dryer will not heat, what could stop my dryer from heating?
A - Things that could stop a gas dryer from heating:
- glow bar igniter, thermal fuse ( not all models ), coils on the gas valve, gas valve, thermostats,motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, sensor.
A page for checking gas dryers is here.
Meter testing and usage tips.
1. Power supply-check power supply at terminal block where cord enters the dryer. Should read 240V. If you read 240V here, tested with a volt meter, unplug dryer and test components with ohm meter.
2. Thermostats-Cycle and safety thermostats-read them with an ohm meter. Should show continuity . How common thermostats work.
3.Timer-The timer has a set of contacts that pass voltage to the heaters. If you can not determine by wiring picture what they are, check across the two terminals with the largest wires on them. The heater wires are almost twice as large as the others. You should read continuity with timer in heat mode.
4. Thermal fuses-In recent years the makers of dryers are using thermal fuses to let you know something is wrong with your dryer. They are generally non resetting and have to be replaced. The thermal fuses are located on the heater element housing and should read continuity if read with an ohm meter. Most blown thermal fuses are the result of vent/air flow problems or a grounded heating element.
5. Selector Switches-Read the wiring picture and determine which switch is closed. You should read continuity across closed switches.
6. Safety Switch on Motor-There is a safety switch on motor to insure that heaters can not come on unless motor is running. It is normally open when the motor is idle/not running, and closes when motor runs. In order to check with an ohm meter, remove the two large wires on motor switch and make them electrically safe. Tape them. Plug the dryer in and start motor. Check continuity across the terminals on the motor switch you removed the heavy wires from. If it is ok you should read continuity. Remember that the smaller wires in a dryer carry the 120V and the large wires carry 240V. There is no voltage on these two terminals with wires removed. It is ok to test with ohm meter.
7. Heat elements-Test heater element with an ohm meter. You will read continuityacross a good element ( 8-12 ohms is an average element ).
But darn it, I don't have a Ohm Meter....
To check the thermal fuse  - You can bypass the thermal fuse (just connect the 2 wires together) for testing purposes only.To check the thermal cut-out  - You can bypass the thermal cut-out (just connect the 2 wires together) for testing purposes only.
To check the thermostats for continuity -  - You can bypass the thermostat (just connect the 2 wires together) for testing purposes only.
To check the Element: Try removing element and physically looking at the element wire for a break in the wire.

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Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Accessing the igniter on a Kitchenaid Dryer

Normal 0 Hi, UNPLUG the dryer. This model you need to remove the two screws under the lint screen. Now use a flat blade screw drive and insert it in the gap between the top and the front panel and pry the top up. Now locate and remove the screws on the inside of the front panel in upper corners. The front should lift off. You will see the ignitor attached to the burner. There is a harness you can unplug to test it. If the dryer is not heating at all, before you remove the front panel, you can remove the cap on the front lower panel and start the dryer. Look inside the holw and see if the ignitor glows at all.
If it glows and then shut down before the flame lights, you will need to change the coils on top the gas valve, not the ignitor.
If the ignitor does not glow at all, you will want to test the thermo fuse before the ignitor.
Normal 0 UNPLUG the dryer! Remove the rear panel of the dryer and locate the fuse. It is white and ¼” wide and 3” long. It is located on the blower housing. Remove the wires and check to see if it has continuity. If it does not, you need to replace it. I know this is a lot of info but these are most common problems.
If I can assist you further, please let me know.

Vic

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Kitchenaid Superba does not ignite

The easiest way to check the ignitor is to observe it. Remove the small access panel in front, select a high temperature setting and start the dryer. Watch the burner assembly, shortly after starting the unit the ignitor should begin to glow or spark. If you see it glow or spark, then the ignitor is working. If the ignitor did not appear to function and it is the spark type, it may be out of adjustment which generally requires professional service or it may require replacement. If the ignitor is the glow type, you can test it for resistance with a multimeter.


The ignitor has two wires connected to it.Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire itself). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.

Set the multimeter to the ohms setting X1. Touch one probe to each terminal. You should get a reading anywhere between 50 and 600 ohms. If you get a reading of zero or infinity, the ignitor is definitely bad and will need to be replaced.

(((if the ignitor is ok, this will confirm that either the thermal fuse or gas valve coils are damaged. To check the thermal fuse, you will need to extract the internal blower housing. it is located on this device. replace the thermal fuse of found to be damaged. if the thermal fuse is operational and not blown, replace the gas valve coils located on top of the actual burner assembly))

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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