How to Troubleshoot a Kenmore 80 Series Dryer That Won't Start


While there are a number of reasons why a Kenmore 80 series dryer doesn't work properly, there are far fewer problems that cause the dryer to not start at all. Instead of needing to focus on the load inside the dryer drum or the dryer settings as you would when troubleshooting other dryer problems, when the dryer doesn't start you know that you can focus all of your troubleshooting efforts on the appliance's power supply.

  • Push the dryer door closed. This is probably the easiest fix for a Kenmore 80 series dryer that isn't working, and it also is common enough that Kenmore recommends in its dryer owner's manual that dryer owners check this before calling for service. For your own safety, the dryer will not operate until the door is fully closed.

  • Turn the "Cycle Selector" knob to the cycle you want to run. You always must choose a cycle before the appliance is able to start.

  • Firmly press the "Start" button on the dryer's front panel. It can take a moment for the dryer to recognize that the "Start" button has been pressed. For best results, hold the "Start" button in for about one second before releasing it.

  • Access your home's "Dryer" breaker switches by opening your home's breaker box. Locate the set of two breakers labeled "Dryer" and flip both of these switches to "On." A temporary loss of electricity or a power surge can cause the breakers to flip to "Off" by themselves.

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