Searspiece of crap!

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Dear Sears Representative, 10/18/2006

I would like to express my deep dissatisfaction with your company. I purchased a Kenmore Dryer from you and it has a defective part. After speaking with 10 different people and getting the run-a-round all morning, I?ve decided to just fix the problem myself. I want you to be aware that all of my major appliances are Kenmore and that I have been an advocate of the Kenmore brand for years. Unfortunately, that will no longer be the case. I will no longer shop at Sears. As a holder of an MBA, I?m surprised that Sears feels they can afford to treat their customers with the disregard that I have experienced. Sears used to be better this. I have included comments from people who have had the same problem.
For the first dryer I owned, not so good anymore
by mrobbeloth , Jul 13 '03
Pros: Ability to clean king size comforters and Evenheat minimizes dampness
Cons: Somewhat noisy. Wrinkle Guard gimmicky. Not reliable! This Kenmore 63952 has served me and my wife well in the two months that we have owned it. It does its job and does not get in the way. I almost always use the Evenheat feature when drying my clothes, which uses two sensors to determine the drying time ... Read the full review

by kkauffman ,Mar 16 '04
Pros: dries well (when working), fairly quiet
Cons: unreliable, alarm not loud enough, lint hard to remove, noisier than expected I bought this dryer in the end of July of 2003 (Aug. delivery) and here it is March of 2004, only 8 months of light use. I have no kids and one other person. We do about 1-3 loads of normal clothes per week. The unit worked flawlessly until it just decided it would not run. You press the start button and everything spins but let go of the start button and it shuts off again. As a new home owner, I may also reconsider the "new" Kenmore line as well as the service times. (edited)
Update (10/03/2005): the board went out again! same problem 1 year and 1 mth later. I've ordered the new part through (part #8546229). I paid the 10% for a lifetime warranty. What is not mentioned by the "Service Flash" person is that you still have to pay $65 for a Sears rep to "validate" the Service Flash. Only the part is "free". It also takes about a week for someone to come to the house and THEN order the part. Kenmore will not get my business again.

by rayswank ,Nov 16 '04
Pros: None
Cons: Takes too much wattage to run. Fuses need to be reset often. The bad reviews are right on the money. The Kenmore Elite Dryer is a waste of money, and I will NEVER buy a Kenmore dryer again. After 16 months of use, the dryer no longer engages after the start button is depressed, and I found the problem out from the following website:
The Even Heat Control board is no longer functioning, and it costs $109 to replace it. If it's going to cost my family $109 every sixteen months to run this dryer, I give up! I discourage anyone interested in a Kenmore dryer to strongly RECONSIDER! You'll need a ten year warranty to keep the damn thing running.

If your dryer is broken, read this ...
by coppi2 ,Dec 02 '04
Pros: Very happy with dryer performance
Cons: Dryer has defective computer board
My dryer comes on while I push the button, but then turns off once I let go. I did a little research and found that the issue is with the Even Heat Electronic Control Assembly (part number 3978949). That part has been updated by Sears/Whirlpool to part 8546229, probably because of this problem. I called Sears and after about 6 transfers was able to determine from the parts people that there is a "Service Flash" on this dryer for this exact problem. The guy quoted the service flash as reading, "dryer will shut off after start button is released". Apparently, Sears will fix even out of warranty dryers for free if they were manufactured within a certain time period and fall under this service flash. So if you're having this problem, don't let them charge you for it and let them know that you know about this "Service Flash". Product Rating:

Elite not reliable
by stanpen ,Aug 13 '04
Pros: Great all around when working
Cons: Not Reliable. Expensive to Fix.
Having used Kenmore products all my life I was surprised to find out that my elite dryer stopped working after only one and a half years of light work. We only have two adults in the house and only do between 3 or 4 loads a week. When the start button is pushed it will run but when it is released it stops. Found out that the microcomputer needs to be replaced at well over $200 for parts and labor. I always thought Kenmore's were reliable and have always purchased their product. When I go out to buy a new dryer it will be the first time in over 40 years that I will look at brands other than Kenmore.

by aragedie ,Apr 23 '05
Pros: None
Cons: Even heat control board, Sears offered no assistance!
We had the same problem as the previous users. The Start button when pressed in refused to stay on and the dryer would not stay on. We called SEARS & were told 3 separate times that there was no SERVICE FLASH or recall listed on this dryer. Other than offering to send out a technician for 50.00 plus the parts and labor! Please call SEARS on this problem!!If you have this problem and don't call them they cannot document it and start a recall! UPDATE: Called sears repair to see if they had the Even Heat Control Board. They couldn't find it in the computer! After 30 minutes on the phone they found it under ELECTRONIC CONTROL PANEL and I even gave them the part #8546229 (the new one) and it would not come up. It will only show up under the old part #3978949 and it will take SEARS 7-10 WORKING days to order it for 116.49! When the tech comes out Friday, he will have to order it as well and it will take 7-10 days! We are ordering this off for 95.95 and installing it ourselves so we can get our dryer fixed ASAP!

Good Dryer, poorly engineered printed circuit
by WilliamF ,Dec 11 '04
Pros: Drys well.
Cons: Sears did not offer to replace defective part for free.
I owned this dryer for 18 months and was very happy with it. Then, one day it would not stay on when the start button was released. After doing some research, I found that the printed circuit board (Kenmore calls it the Electronic Control Panel) had a badly burned resistor. I spent about an hour talking with various representatives from Sears about the defective part, but no one could locate a service flash on it.
I found a replacement board (with a lifetime warranty, no less) on the Internet at With shipping, it was $100. Sears wanted $50, just to walk in my door to evaluate the dryer. I replaced the part myself in about 5 minutes.
I used to respect the Kenmore brand. No longer. Any manufacturer can put out a defective product, but I expect them to replace defective parts at no charge. They couldn't even locate the service bulletin on it, even though this is clearly a common failure of the product.

Pure Junk
by philyou ,Apr 22 '05
Pros: None
Cons: Dryer is defective. Sears will not back this product. This dryer is defective. Has the same problem the others who have reviewed the product. Hit the start button, but the dryer will not stay on. Sears will do nothing to repair this defective product. This is my last purchase from Sears. Product Rating:

Sears experience with Kenmore Dryer Elite Model 63952
by justthefacts1 ,Mar 01 '06
Pros: Nice Capacity dryer
Cons: Dryer shuts off when start button is released. Defective part 3978949 requires part 8546229 Here is my comments recently sent to Sears on my experience with the Kenmore Dryer Elite Model 63952:
I purchased the Kenmore Washer 90 Series and the Kenmore Dryer Elite. I have had problems with the dryer from the beginning, but was able to keep using it, as the problems were sporadic.
Recently, I noticed the dryer overheating, and the dryer would not stay on after pressing the start button. After following the directions in Service Technician Trouble Shooting Instructions, I have been able to determine that the Even Heat Electronic Control Assembly is defective, and can only be replaced with an upgraded panel. To me that is a recall "Service Flash". I would greatly appreciate having this part shipped to me this week. The new part no 8546229 is the part that replaces the old part no. 3978949. Please review the following comments by other customers, some comments you may find disturbing for your product reputation, so I feel that it is important that you are aware of what is being said about your Kenmore product.

push the button, won't stay on
by jrallen81 ,Jan 10 '06
Pros: easy to use
Cons: broke twice in the 3 years I owned it.
Same problem as everyone else, although my problem is the motor relay, not the control board. Looking for a place to buy the part to replace it myself (thus saving a whopping $62 in labor, but I had to pay the $65 for the 5 minute Sears visit). The technician was nice, but other than that, stay away from this bum product.

Kenmore dryer Model [protected]
by mytwosons2 ,Aug 25 '05
Pros: I believe this model is now only sold on clearance
Cons: Will require numerous repairs
My Kenmore electric dryer (Model 63952) has been nothing but problems. Within one year of purchase Sears had to repair it 3 times under warranty. We've now had it for just over 2 years and it needs a new motor assembly (a $250-$300 repair) because it shuts off when you release the start button. We didn't buy the extended warranty so I guess we will be buying a new dryer instead.

Yours Truly,

Gallup, NM 87301


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    Libra204 Aug 07, 2010

    Also I called the Sear service Tech and she would not even speak to me regarding the problems I was having. She was very rude. I guess I will call back so she can record it in there record of this defective part they should replace and to let them know they just lost another customer.

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    Libra204 Aug 07, 2010

    I am having the same problem with Kenmore 63952 but I purchased my dryer in 2003. I went to part store to have relays checked out but they are fine. One thing interesting is that the service guy informed me the dryer says Kenmore but is made by Whirlpool. That explains why it is a piece of crap!

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    Kevin Graves Jan 20, 2007
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    Sears Kenmore Elite Dryer Won't Run If Start Button Released. I too have seen this. as it has happened to me,sept 20th 2006. went through the appliance clinic (very helpful)through there guidance it was narrowed down to the switch or the heat control board. decided that with my luck it would be the $141.61 part(Tx+sh), as i was taking the back of the console off (I now know u can take just the side clips n screws out and flip the console up with out moving it away from the wall to work) I found service techs factory crib notes on repair and diagnosis, confirmed bad board, ordered and replaced, "i am a do it yourself god" wifes happy, life is good clothes are dry....the end...Well as u can tell by the posting date, they are not! Come on Guess whats happened....yep been just bout 75 days, called parts direct (Smears)site said 90 days warranty on parts and then in ( ) 30 days on home electronics, what kinda satisfaction guaranteed is that, so ok now i call the warranty dept, transfered to parts, trans back to warranty and the kid "chuck" will send out a tech next Wednesday (8 days)to replace the "DEFECTIVE" part, under warranty i ask...pause... NO....there is a (60 DAY) warranty on that part and its been 75+ ....Duhhh, Thanks but no, dont bother sending the tech, I is one. and i just figured out how bad (SMEARS)has gotten, guess i"ll have to go back to shopping/ordering my tools from Harbor Freight,....I'm a tool repair tech by trade, but this is ridiculous....found the board on e-bay cheaper than, most local supply houses in PHX, so hey (SMEARS) from all of us DIY's please take grasp of ear lobes n tug till u hear ur head pop out of ur....

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