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How To Fix The Kenmore Dryer F1 Error Code?


You load a damp pile of freshly washed laundry into your Kenmore dryer, waiting for it to spin and dry your clothes. Instead, you hear a few beeps and see the F1 (or F01) error code. The worst part is that your wet clothes are stuck in a dryer that can’t dry them.

The Kenmore dryer error code F1 indicates that something has gone wrong with the thermistor, and it needs to be repaired. There are several methods of diagnosing this error code and solutions, Jacob Dillard, an engineer at Appliance Repair Expert, will tell us about it.

Dryer Thermistor for Kenmore
Dryer Thermistor for Kenmore

How Can You Get To The Thermistor?

Ensure your dryer is unplugged if it’s an electric one or that the gas is turned off if it’s a gas dryer. The thermistor is located above the blower housing and behind the lint duct housing. To get to the thermistor, take off the panel with a putty knife, take the lint screen out of the lint duct housing, and detach the housing for the lint duct.

Disconnect any wires that connect the thermistor to the dryer. Vacuum any dust that may be interfering with the internal temperature measurement. The screws that attach the thermistor to the device can be removed using a 1/4-inch wrench.

Kenmore Gas Dryer Thermistor
Kenmore Gas Dryer Thermistor

How To Check The Thermistor?

You may use a multimeter to determine if your thermistor reading is the source of Kenmore dryer error codes. Set the ohms setting on your multimeter. One meter probe should be placed on each of the thermistor’s wire terminals. A Kenmore dryer should test approximately 10,000 ohms at normal temperature. The thermistor is malfunctioning if the resistance temperature is significantly higher or lower. For more information on thermistor resistance as it relates to temperature, please refer to the troubleshooting guide.

Temperature, FResistance, K Ohms
The resistance of most thermistors decreases as they heat up with a heat gun or a hair dryer. If there is no change in Ohms of resistance – the thermistor is defective and needs to be replaced.
Thermistor Test
Thermistor Test

Thermistor Replacement – When Do You Need It?

Check your warranty to see if it covers any components. If you have to pay out of pocket, it is better to replace the component with the manufacturer.

Since you tested the defective thermistor earlier, all you need to do now is screw the new thermistor into the case and reconnect the wires. The wires can be inserted into any of the paddle connectors.

Thermistor Replacement

Replace the lint duct housing and the control panel in reverse order. Reconnect the dryer to the wall or turn on the gas valve. Your dryer should begin to tumble and operate properly. If not, you’ll need to do some additional Kenmore dryer troubleshooting.

So what do we have?

  1. The Kenmore dryer F1 error code indicates a problem with the thermistor that measures internal temperature. Have it repaired to ensure that the dryer works properly.
  2. To access the thermistor, the service panel, lint screen housing, and lint duct housing need to be removed. The thermistor is located above the blower housing.
  3. A multimeter can be used to test the thermistor by measuring resistance. A reading significantly higher or lower than 10,000 ohms at room temperature indicates a defective thermistor.
  4. If the thermistor is defective, replace it with a new one from the manufacturer if under warranty. Replacement involves screwing in the new thermistor and reconnecting the wires.
  5. After replacing the thermistor, reconnect and test the dryer to see if the operation is restored. Further troubleshooting may be needed if it still does not run properly.

If you have questions or find it difficult to repair your dryer on your own, Appliance Repair Expert is ready to come to your aid instantly and provide a warranty on the work performed. We look forward to your call!

Author: Jacob Dillard
My name is Jacob Dillard, and I am the author of articles at Appliance Repair Expert. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by technology and spent much time reading different books and trying to repair my first CD player. Then, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. In a year, I got my first job as a technician at an appliance repair company. After years of practice and working with professionals, I decided it was time to share my knowledge and experience here at Appliance Repair Expert. I want to help you understand everything related to appliance repair, maintenance and installation in the simplest way possible. It will be fun, believe me!

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