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jkwalter

06:04PM | 04/15/09
Member Since: 12/30/07
2 lifetime posts
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Same problem as last time...the dryer gets hot but the clothes stay wet. I have cleaned out the internal vents and ran a vent cleaner all the way to the outside. This helped a little, but the dryer still takes several cycles (2 hours or more) to dry. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks,

jw

DanO

08:47AM | 04/16/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** the dryer still takes several cycles (2 hours or more) to dry. **

If the dryer is heating properly your symptom is likely caused by poor air flow. The most common cause of that is a plugged, partially plugged or poorly installed (see the following link) vent.

- How long can my dryer vent be?

LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=778

** I have cleaned out the internal vents and ran a vent cleaner all the way to the outside. This helped a little **

Try running the dryer for a load or two with the vent totally removed from to see if drying improves. If it does you can be certain the vent is (at least part of) the problem.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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djculver

02:13PM | 04/26/09
Member Since: 04/24/09
2 lifetime posts
It is likley that the venting was improperly installed or partially plugged. However, if you have corrected this I would suggest the following.

1) set the dryer to "normal/cottons" and high heat.

2) with just a few damp towels in the drum, let it run for about 5-8 minutes.

3) Place a meat thermometer into the dryer duct about three feet past the exhaust point of the drier.

4) watch the "cycling temperature"

this is the avarage between the high and low temperature.

5) on "normal/cottons" your dryer should cycle at about 135-145 degrees inside the drum which equates to about 120-130* in the duct itself

If the unit fails to reach this temperature or goes up to 180*, then you may have a bad thermostat in your dryer. There are three types of thermostats.

1) cycling

this cycles the heat

2) 2 stage. this cycles the

heater depending on settings

and "delicates/perm press"

3) hi-limit

this keeps you dryer from

overheating.

Most newer dryers also have a thermal

limit or "thermal fuseable limit", so if your dryer overheats, it prevents the dryer from heating at all until it is replaced. If this is bad, you have other issues that caused it to trip, and you will need to correct, or it will happen again.

I would highly suspect that you may have a weak or defective cylcing thermostat. this could be caused by inadequate venting AND the thermostat cycling prematurely.

This is located on the metal heater duct inside the dryer. If you are not confident in identifying which thermostat is which, I would suggest calling a competent Appliance Repair Technician.

On the newest dryers, the thermostat can be electronic, and or static controlled. This would be an issue for a technician to visit.

Hope it helps!

DJ

DJ Culver

Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
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