If your dryer is plugged in but the control panel buttons aren’t working, the control board may have shorted or failed. But you can easily access and replace this part in a Kenmore dryer. Order a replacement control board 134484212 and then follow these instructions:
1. Unplug the dryer to stay safe.
No matter what repairs you’re making to your dryer, always unplug it first. This will reduce the risk of an electrical injury or damage to the appliance.
2. Dismantle the top of the appliance.
First, remove the top panel. Go to the rear of the appliance and remove the screws securing the panel. Then slide the top panel towards you to remove it from the lip and lift it off the machine. Set it out of the way
Also, reach into the appliance to locate the two screws on the interior side of the control panel in the bottom left and right corners. Remove these screws, too
3. Uninstall the control board from the control panel.
During this step, you will be disconnecting wires. Before you get started, take a picture of the configurations. This will help you reinsert the wires in the correct positions during reassembly
Remove the wire harnesses attached to the circuit board close to the middle of the control panel. These will have multiple wires per harness. They may have push tabs that you can compress to pull them free instead of needing to be pried out of position. Slip the lengths of the wires free from two spots: a large plastic clip and the tab holding the tie clip in place
4. Install the new control board (part #134484212).
First, transfer all of the clear plastic pieces from the old control board to the new one. You can lift them free by hand and just press them into place. Also, make sure that the five holes at the bottom of the control panel shell still have the small spring knobs that align with the control board buttons.
Next, carefully align the matching parts and lower the control board against the control panel. While you want to act quickly so the part can’t come loose, be careful to not knock anything loose. Because the control panel’s knobs aren’t secured, make sure you lower the board onto the panel rather than the panel onto the board
5. Reassemble your Kenmore dryer.
Lower the bottom edge of the panel into place against the front of the dryer, but don’t push it flush against the appliance. Hold the panel at an angle so you can reattach the wires. Work in reverse from how you disconnected the wires, and reference the picture you took earlier for confirmation
Next, reattach the two wires to the lift. Start by sliding the wires into the clip. Then press each individual wire harness into their ports. Consult the picture to make sure the colors are oriented correctly
Once the control panel has been secured, move to the back of the appliance. Lower the top panel on the top of the dryer so the edge closest to you is hanging off by half an inch or so. Then slide it back under the groove at the front of the appliance. Resecure it with the screws along the back edge of the panel