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weetoo1

01:37PM | 01/15/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
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Bvelectrical
Kenmore series 90, model #110.66901690, serial #MF4821731

My dryer acts like it has gremlins. Sometimes it runs for a 1 min. or won't run at all. sometimes it runs the whole cycle. Other times it make no sound at all. I have read some of the other boards about the same thing with an kenmore elite and their E-1 error and it sounds like the same problem I am having. I am not sure what a thermistor is equivalent to on my paper work. I am assuming it is either the thermal cut-off or the thermastat 250degree part. Please help! Thank you!

DanO

04:09PM | 01/15/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** I am not sure what a thermistor is equivalent to on my paper work. **

It's not 'equivalent' to anything. Your dryer model doesn't appear to use such a component.

** Sometimes it runs for a 1 min. or won't run at all. sometimes it runs the whole cycle. Other times it make no sound at all. **

Dryer motors often overheat and cut out on their internal overload protector. When that happens it will not run again until it has a chance to cool down. In such a case, if the motor is not just plugged with lint, etc., it may be defective and on its way out and need to be replaced.

- Kenmore 110.66901690 Dryer Motor

LINK > http://tinyurl.com/a2bqq

Basically, if the motor is getting power but not running, it is defective. If it is not getting power, the electrical circuit to the motor would need to be traced to find where the stoppage is.

Other things which could cause the motor on your model to stop could include a loose wiring connection, a problem in the 'belt break' switch or a problem in the motor contact of the timer (see the following link).

- Kenmore 110.66901690 Dryer Timer

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=548375

When the dryer is nonoperational, has anyone confirmed there is still power getting to the dryer??

Dan O.

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weetoo1

05:45PM | 01/15/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
7 lifetime posts
What I have failed to explain and I'm sorry is that the dryer acts up wether it is cold or hot. The first day it happened it made the starting noise without starting (morning). That night I dried 3 loads. Next morn. I pressed start button and no sound. That afternoon I got sound and drying time of about 5 min. (after fiddling with the temperature switch). The next day it ran for 45 min. at a temp. of about 135-145 max. Maybe this will help you and I with the diagnosis. Thank you for your time.

DanO

06:45PM | 01/15/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
Well, if overheating of the motor is ruled out, that leaves the rest of the possibilities I mentioned. Someone is going to need to actually investigate the matter to find the problem in your case.

BTW. You never did say if anyone confirmed power was getting to the dryer at the times of failure. That would likely be one of the first things that needs to be done.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Dryer

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weetoo1

08:35PM | 01/17/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
7 lifetime posts
I'm sorry about my added question I'm a newbie on this site. Do you have any other suggestions? Or could it still be the motor, break belt switch or timer and it just hasn't gone all the way out yet and at the time that i checked it for continuity I got a false reading.(I probably am not wording this correctly I hope you get the gist)

I do want to add that I think you are doing a wonderful job at helping people. You have answered my question very prompt even on sundays. Thank you so very much for your speedy help.

DanO

08:04AM | 01/18/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** could it still be the motor, break belt switch or timer and it just hasn't gone all the way out yet **

Yes... although an intermittent failure of the type of a belt break switch is probably least likely. Timers are common for intermittent failures as are dryer motors although a motor will usually fail more consistently, most often after some amount of use. Motor failures are rarely totally random.

Just a loose wiring connection can't be ruled out either. Right where the cord attaches to the appliance's wiring at the main terminal block is common place for failures to occur but any part of the dryer's or power supply's wiring could be suspect. :(

** at the time that i checked it for continuity I got a false reading. **

Intermittent problems usually have to be tested for at the exact time of failure. They can be very difficult (if not impossible) to actually catch acting up. Often the offending culprit is just assumed to be the cause when the other possibilities which can be tested check out Ok. Other times the appliance just has to be used until the defective part fails for good so it can more easily be found.

JMO

Dan O.

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weetoo1

02:21PM | 01/18/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
7 lifetime posts
Ok..Here's how far I have got and what else I've noticed. First I have replaced the belt (looked on the verge of going out) and timer.But as you can probably tell that didn't work. It has gotten worse...now you push start button and it hums(drum moves 1/4 rotation then stops)til you hear a click, then no sound. Push start again and nothing happens. While laying on the floor trying to figure this out i heard a click. So i pushed the start again and got the hum and movement, than click it stops. Push again nothing. Wait 5 min. on floor and click. Repeated about 5 times. Clicks seem to come from the front of motor or blower wheel area.

With the motor having continuity...I am now totally baffled. help....lol.

DanO

04:13PM | 01/18/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** you push start button and it hums (drum moves 1/4 rotation then stops) 'til you hear a click, then no sound. Push start again and nothing happens. **

If the motor IS getting power (likely responsible the hum you here) but the motor is not turning, either the motor is physically jammed up (something in the blower fan, unable to turn the drum, etc.) or the motor is defective and needs to be replaced.

- Kenmore 110.66901690 Dryer Motor

LINK > http://tinyurl.com/a2bqq

BTW. Allowing the motor to continue to hum will likely cause it to cut out in its internal overload protector, stopping any sound it would otherwise make... until it had a chance to cool down and reset. At which time it would hum (or run) again.

JMO

Dan O.

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weetoo1

04:41PM | 01/19/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
7 lifetime posts
My parents and I would like to thank you very much for your help. The conclusion...I was replacing the motor today and ran in to a great big snag. The blower wheel is a real bugger to get off (due to age it crumbled and was not willing to unscrew off...My roto-zip worked great.)After that was done everything else was a snap. I replaced the motor, blower wheel and the drum belt for about $170.00. Thanks again!!!!!!!!

BTW...My wallet thanks you too...lol!!!

DanO

06:26PM | 01/19/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** The blower wheel is a real bugger to get off **

It often can be and sometimes has to be smashed/cut off and just replaced. BTW. It is threaded onto the motor using a left-hand thread.

Glad to hear you got it working again.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com

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