My dryer is a Kenmore model no. 110.96588210. It still works - but it
exhibits the following problem:
After one drying session, I need to wait for it to cool down before I
can restart it again.
This problem is very consistent: If the dryer is sufficiently cool, it
will start and run till completion or till.. it gets too hot and then
stop (before completing the session).
I did notice that starting it is not as easy as it used to be: It
seems that the drum has a hard time rotating (mechanically speaking) -
and the motor sounds some noise of trying to rotate something that is
mechanically stuck. However, if it is cool enough, it will start after
a 2-3 seconds.
I suspected the support rollers, but when I took the dryer apart, they
looked all even (as if they are new). Each of them rotates freely on
its shaft, and when the drum is mounted and rotating I verified that
all of them rotate. So, does that rule out the rollers?
Also, if the rollers are gone, why is it temperature dependent?
I could have bought new rollers and see if they solve the problem, but
it's a $50 expense which I would like to avoid if not necessary. It
could turn out to be the motor (?) or some thermostat... How do I know
I did notice that one of the shafts (the rear right one) is worn
out... could this be the problem? How can I measure the "freedom" of
those support rollers rotation?
Thanks for any tip or idea you can offer!
P.S. I searched repairclinic.com for possible tips or advice on my
problem, but I couldn't find anything that addresses my particular