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Author Topic: Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle  (Read 135 times)

Offline Matt Cook

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Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle
« on: November 07, 2020, 04:13:32 PM »

This is a follow-up to my earlier post where it turned out a jar lid fell down into the lint trap housing and was hitting the blower motor blades.  I removed the lid and cleaned out all the lint I could from everywhere and the next load I did, the dryer (on Auto Dry)  stopped before the cycle was finished.  It would restart immediately but continued shutting off.  I switched it to timed dry and the load finished.  The dyer has 3 modes:  Auto Dry, Timed Dry (0-70 minutes), and Air Dry (no heat) 0-30 minutes.


Using Timed Dry worked fine for a few weeks, then the dryer started shutting off early on that mode too.  It always restarts immediately, and the amount of time it runs before stopping is sort of random.  I don't hear any strange sounds when it is running.


Today I did some more intensive testing to see if there was any pattern, using all 3 modes.  I started Air Dry on 30 minutes and every time it would stop I would immediately restart it.  It ran 4 min, 10 min, 4 min, then it ran to the end of the cycle when the buzzer sounded (16 minutes).  Just before the cycle ended I turned the dial back to 30 minutes and it ran the whole 30 minutes til the end of the cycle.


Then I tested Auto-Dry on low heat, starting with the "more dry" setting and restarting immediately when it stopped.  It ran 15 min, 14 min, 3 min, and 22 min.  It stopped on the asterisk so I  skipped the dial just past the asterisk and restarted and it ran to the end of the cycle (36 minutes ).  I turned the dial back to "more dry" again and started over and it ran 27 min, 2 min, 14 min, 1 min, and 2 min.  I noticed when it stopped at the end of 14 min, 1 min, and 2 min it was at the asterisk again so I skipped it to slightly past the asterisk and it ran to the end of the cycle (40 min).


Finally I tested Timed Dry starting at 70 minutes and restarting immediately every time it stopped.  It ran 13 min, 1 min, and 18 min.  I had to leave it for 20 minutes or so, and restarted it when I got back.  I ran  min, 2 min, 2 min, 2 min, and 30 seconds.   A couple of times in this last period when it stopped I heard a mechanical timer sound coming from the dial. 


So that's my tale of woe. When I Googled "Dryer stops mid-cycle" the most common suggestion was that the motor was overheating but I am doubtful that is it because a) it started right after I did the other repair and put it back together, suggesting I may have unknowingly damaged something during the repair; b) it always restarts immediately while the "overheating motor" articles said it would not restart til the motor cooled down; c) the motor sounds the same as always.


The blower motor appears fine and I can feel air being blown out the vent.  The vent is immediately behind the dryer so the vent hose is only about 6 inches straight from the dryer to the wall with no bends. 


Any suggestions on what could cause these symptoms?

Offline Blaiser

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Re: Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2020, 07:13:24 AM »
Don't take it for granted that your vent line is clear or not restricted. Make sure your Vent line from the outside (inside the wall where it goes to outside) is cleaned also. You want to make sure the outside Vents are OPENING and not Dryed SHUT AND NOT OPENING - this would short cycle the dryer also.


Best thing to do is run test cycles with the Vent Line completely disconnected!


FYI - Your Dryer motor has a thermal shutoff if overheating occurs it protects itself from burning up till it cools off. Let us know what you find!

Offline Matt Cook

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Re: Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2020, 08:09:02 AM »
Thanks. I will double check the vent and try running it disconnected (oh boy, another Saturday morning full of fun!).  Just to add to the excitement I dried a load of wash yesterday and it completed a full cycle on Auto Dry without a hitch; ran the dial back about halfway and restarted it and it finished the cycle again without a hitch.  Maybe it healed itself. 

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Re: Kenmore Dryer 110 97282100 cuts off mid-cycle
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2020, 07:35:34 AM »
Sounds like a loose connection to me.

If it was the motor overheating then the unit would not restart right away as it has to wait for the motor to cool down.
Also the next time before shut down as you are not starting from a cold tart up.