Kenmore Elite Dryer No Power – Fixed

Your Kenmore Elite dryer stopping mid-cycle is one thing, but to have your dryer stop working completely is a different kind of headache. What are you supposed to do now with your wet clothes? Drying them in the sun takes too much effort, and laundromats are so expensive!

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Your Kenmore Elite Dryer has no power either because the thermal fuse is blown, the plug’s cord or prong is broken, or the dryer isn’t receiving the proper voltage. This can be fixed by replacing either the thermal fuse, the cord, or the dryer outlet.

This article will walk you through three common causes of your dryer having no power. It will try to explain the mechanisms that prevent your dryer from working. Alongside the problems, I will also explain some fixes so you can get your dryer up and running again. 

1. The Thermal Fuse Is Blown

Kenmore elite dryers are equipped with thermal fuses to ensure that voltage is controlled. Excessive voltage can damage your components, and fuses are there to prolong your appliances’ lifespan. 

The thermal fuse’s makeup generally allows electricity to pass through, and as you may know, electricity produces heat. Within this fuse is a thermal pellet that melts when a specific temperature is reached.

blown thermal fuse

When unmelted, the thermal pellet pushes a spring towards the wire supplying electricity. When the pellet melts, the spring launches backward, leaving a gap between the spring’s contact point and the source of electricity. 

Because of this gap, power cannot flow through to the rest of the dryer. 

How To Fix

The first thing you need to do is look for the circuit connected to the dryer. Switch it off. Take the dryer’s plug out of the socket. Ensure that no electricity is flowing through. 

Unscrew the back panels and remove the metal plate that covers the blower wheel. To make it easier, you can vacuum the area to remove the dust and lint that may have accumulated. 

Along the metal plate are two prongs connected to wires. In some models, this is on top of the plate that holds the blower wheel. These prongs make up the fuse. 

Detach one prong from its wire. Then take out a digital multimeter and set it to continuity. Place the multimeter cables on the detached prong and the attached prong. If you get nothing, place both multimeter cables onto the attached prong. If you get a signal, that confirms that the fuse is blown. 

Detach the attached prong and unscrew the white plate beneath the prongs. Beneath the white plate is the thermal fuse. Get a replacement thermal fuse and screw the new part above the blower wheel panel. 

Reattach all screws, and reattach all wires. Reattach the blower wheel panel and the cover panel of the washing machine. Plug the dryer and switch on the circuit to see if the dryer is working. 

2. The Dryer’s Plug Is Damaged

Another issue could simply be the dryer plug being unable to transmit electricity due to significant damage. These include melted insulators or bent and/or broken prongs. 

When the current leaves the circuit breaker through the wiring and to the outlet, If the connections are damaged, the electricity is jammed into an area smaller than what was intended. This creates heat that can go well above 700 degrees Celsius or 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Usually, wire insulators are made of a plastic or polymer variety, and most plastics start melting at around 160 °Celsius (320 °F). If the insulator is melted, your dryer definitely won’t receive enough voltage to power it up. 

How To Fix

Like most appliance repairs, the first thing to do is disconnect from all power. You absolutely must not plug in the replacement plug yet. Then, unscrew the back panel found at the bottom back of the dryer. Below the panel, you will see a hole (in most models, this is circular) with metallic plates called strain relief. 

Unscrew the strain relief and unscrew all three prongs of the old cord. Set the old plug and cord aside.

The replacement plug kit should come with strain relief. Install both parts, begin with the strain relief’s top part, and then install the bottom. Once you’ve screwed the parts successfully, there should be a small gap between the parts. The new cord passes through this gap. 

Tighten the strain relief. Begin attaching the center prong first. Then, work both the left and the right ones. Then, screw in the back panel. 

Plug in your new cord and see if it works. 

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3. The Dryer’s Outlet Has a Low Voltage

Appliances need a certain voltage amount for them to operate properly. Sometimes, the outlet’s voltage is so low that it doesn’t power the dryer. The main causes behind this are poor wiring or damages in the outlet that leads to poor connection. 

Kenmore Elite dryers usually require 220/240 voltage power to keep them going. These dryers sometimes connect to a three-prong outlet with three parts: the neutral hole, the hot hole, and the ground hole. 

The hot hole brings electricity into the appliance, the neutral hole brings electricity back into the circuit, and the ground hole brings dangerous currents into the ground. 

The neutral hole is usually the long slim hole, while the hot hole is shorter. The ground hole is the hole below that has a semi-circle shape.

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How To Fix

Using a multimeter, insert one of the prongs into the neutral hole. Then, insert the other prong into the hot hole. Never ever insert on the hot hole first, as this will make you prone to shock. It is also important to hold firmly on the insulated handle and not on the prong. 

If the multimeter’s reading is way below 220/240, you may have to replace the outlet or look for a different spot to place your dryer. 

If you cannot find a new spot for your dryer, you may refer to this video for step-by-step instructions: 

Conclusion

Several reasons why your Kenmore Elite isn’t working include a blown thermal fuse, a damaged cord, or insufficient voltage from your outlet. As major as this problem may be, you do not need to get a new dryer for fixing it won’t take too much time. Follow the instructions above and say goodbye to your dryer woes!
Pro-tip: Make sure you’re not getting a no-power dryer confused with a power that won’t heat but has power. I’ve already written articles on why some dryers won’t heat up, which might interest you!