What to Do if a Kenmore Front Load Electric Dryer Will Not Start


There are few things as frustrating for a large, busy family as a dryer that breaks down or won't work properly. The possibility of not having that school uniform or work outfit dry and ready in time can cause a mild panic in even the coolest of customers. If your Kenmore front-load electric dryer isn't powering on properly, there a number of options you can check and hopefully resolve the problem with due haste.

Check the power supply

  • The most common cause is a blown fuse or tripped breaker. Check the breaker box or fuse box to make sure the supply to the dryer has not blown or been tripped. Since the dryer uses a 240-volt supply, it should be controlled by either two fuses or two breakers. Make sure both fuses are tightened securely, and that both breakers have not tripped. Kenmore dryers will require a time-delay fuse. If you have a regular fuse installed and it has blown, replace it with a time-delay fuse instead.

Electrical problems in the dryer

  • An error message may be displayed on the dryer when it won't start. If the code display reads "PF," then a power failure has interrupted the cycle. You will need to press and hold the "Start" button to restart. If the error message reads E1, E2 or E3, then there is a more serious problem and a technician will need called to resolve the problem.

    Kenmore dryers come equipped with door switches. If the door is not closed entirely, the dryer will not start its cycle. If the other indicators seem in working order and the door is properly shut, the door switch may be faulty. On some models of Kenmore dryers, there is a warning light to indicate if the door is open. If the "Door Open" light is still lit when you have closed it and heard it click, you should look into replacing the door switch.

    Another possibility is the thermal fuse. This fuse is usually found in the back panel near the exhaust duct. If the dryer overheats, the thermal fuse will blow, shutting down operation of the dryer until the fuse is replaced.

    Check the wiring from the outlet. If you have recently had to convert from a four-prong wire to a three-prong wire, or vice versa, the connections to the dryer may be faulty. Make sure that the red and black wires are connected to the proper hot terminals, the green wire to a ground and, if present, a white wire to the neutral connection.

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