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Kenmore dryer light not working

Common reasons your Kenmore dryer light is not working

The most common reasons your Kenmore dryer light is not working are a faulty thermal fuse, defective power supply board or a failed door switch.

  • 59%

    59% of the time it's the
    Thermal Fuse

  • 19%

    19% of the time it's the
    Power Supply Board

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Door Switch

  • 12%

    12% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Kenmore dryer

    Thermal Fuse Replacement

    A faulty or blown thermal fuse can prevent the light from working in some dryers. The thermal fuse is a safety device that trips when the dryer overheats. The control board on some dryers will halt all dryer operations when the thermal fuse blows. The light will stop working if the light circuit is affected by the blown thermal fuse. When the dryer light isn’t working, have a Sears Home Services Expert examine your dryer and replace the thermal fuse if it’s blown.

    Power Supply Board Replacement

    A defective power supply board can prevent the dryer light from working. The power supply board distributes electrical current from the dryer power cord to the electronic control board and other components in the dryer. When the power supply board doesn’t send power to the light board or circuit board that controls the dryer light, the drum light won’t work. When your dryer light isn’t working, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and check the dryer. The technician will replace the power supply board if it’s defective.

    Door Switch Replacement

    When the dryer light is not working, a failed door switch could be causing the problem. The door switch detects when the dryer door is open or shut. A failed door switch won’t sense when the door is open so the dryer light won’t turn on even through the door is open. Have a Sears Home Services Technician check your dryer when the light isn’t working. The technician will replace the door switch if it is defective.

    What to expect when you experience a Kenmore dryer light not working issue

    How is the light not working problem fixed?

    Correcting most light not working problems usually involves replacing the thermal fuse, power supply board or door switch. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dryer light that is not working

    When the dryer light is not working it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dryer failures.

    What to look out for with a dryer light not working diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dryer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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    Additional resources to help you fix your Kenmore dryer

    Dryer Won’t Start? Here’s What to Do

    Check the basics first. Something as simple as the dryer door not being shut completely can keep your dryer from starting.

    How to Save Money by Using Your Clothes Dryer Efficiently

    Using your dryer efficiently can indeed help you save money on your utility bills. It will also help your dryer last longer — saving you money on dryer replacement costs over time.

    How Long Do Dryers Last?

    The actual lifespan of your dryer depends on factors like how often you use it, whether you habitually overload it and how consistent you are about cleaning the lint trap.

    Additional possible Kenmore dryer symptoms you may experience

    • Kenmore dryer burning smell
    • Kenmore dryer drum roller replacement
    • Kenmore dryer no heat
    • Kenmore dryer no power
    • Kenmore dryer noisy
    • Kenmore dryer not drying
    • Kenmore dryer not heating
    • Kenmore dryer not spinning
    • Kenmore dryer not starting
    • Kenmore dryer not turning on
    • Kenmore dryer not working
    • Kenmore dryer stopped working
    • Kenmore dryer won't turn off