How to Troubleshoot a Kenmore Elite HE3 Electric Dryer

Troubleshoot a Kenmore Elite HE3 electric dryer by first determining the type of problem that you have, then attempting to make corrections. Common problems that can occur with a Kenmore Elite HE3 electric dryer include strange sounds coming from the dryer, and the dryer not running.

Strange Sounds

Step 1

Turn on the dryer and let it run for a few minutes. If you've not used the dryer in some time, a thumping sound may be heard during the first few minutes after the unit is turned on.

Step 2

Open the door to the unit and look for any small objects, such as a coins or a paper clip, around the edges of the drum at the front and back.

Step 3

Place a level on top of the dryer and see if it is sitting level on the floor. If the dryer is not level, it can vibrate and make noise.

Step 4

Open the door and see if there are any clothes that have knotted up into a ball. Try separating the clothes to eliminate the vibration.

Dryer Does Not Run

Step 1

Open and close the door on the dryer, then press the Start button. The dryer will not start if the door is not completely closed.

Step 2

Press and hold the start button for 2 to 3 seconds. If you do not hold down the start button long enough, the dryer will fail to start.

Step 3

Check the circuit panel to see if there is a tripped circuit. If so, turn the circuit back on, then try to start the dryer again.