How to Troubleshoot a Kenmore Electric Dryer Running But Not Heating


Problems with Kenmore electric dryers running but not heating can be related to circuits. Kenmore electric dryers can often have two electrical circuits—one for the heat functionality and one for the drum rotation. Consequently, the dryer may run and tumble, but not heat. This problem can be troubleshot with a few steps.

  • Check the circuit breaker or fuse box for your home. Look for the dryer circuits. There could be two—one for the tumble action and control panel, and one for the heat. The heat circuit breaker or fuse will be larger. Flip the circuit breaker or replace the fuse. Even if the circuit breaker doesn’t look like it has tripped, it’s worth flipping it to eliminate it as a possible problem.

  • Close the dryer door firmly to make sure the dryer door is shut tight.

  • Select a cycle on the Kenmore electric dryer and press the "Start" button. You may have to press the start button for a couple of seconds to start the cycle. Don’t choose an air cycle. Air cycles don’t provide heat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use one washer load for one dryer load. Don’t overfill the dryer with excessively wet items.

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