Repairing a Kenmore dryer requires troubleshooting to determine the problem, ordering replacement parts and making the repair. Older dryers are easier to troubleshoot. As of 2015, calling a professional for help with a solid-state dryer is sometimes more economical than attempting to fix the device
The Sears Holdings Corporation makes Kenmore dryers. Kenmore is a brand name that is used for its products. The company is based in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
To find the age of Kenmore dryer, it is necessary to know the model and serial numbers of the appliance. Kenmore is a department store brand owned by Sears and determining the age of an appliance purchased there can be challenging because their appliances are made by several different manufacturers.
Kenmore dryer repair manuals can be downloaded from the Shop Your Way website. Kenmore directs customers searching for appliance manuals to this site from its own webpage.
Parts for a Kenmore dryer can be purchased online at RepairClinic.com and PartSelect.com, as of 2015. Each site's inventory can be searched by model or part number to simplify making a purchase.
Kenmore dryer parts can be purchased from Sears Parts Direct. Kenmore refers customers to this site because it is the official site to find replacement parts for their dryers.
According to PartSelect, dryers typically do not start due to technical or mechanical difficulty. The site notes that problems are easy to diagnose and it is easy to order replacement parts if necessary.
Dryer baffles are the paddles inside the drum that lift the clothing. Damaged baffles snag clothes, and loose ones make the machine noisy to operate. Dryer baffles loosen with time, allowing coins to slip inside and cause noise as the drum turns. Repair or replace a baffle in under an hour with a fe
A Kenmore dryer that doesn't heat usually has a faulty heating element. Also, its thermostat could be malfunctioning due to a restricted vent. Both problems are easily diagnosed and repaired.
The heating element is a metal chamber containing a coil of heating wire used to generate heat in an electric dryer. A gas dryer uses a gas heater controlled by a shutter that serves the same function as an electric heating element.