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Appliance Repair - Dryer turns but does not heat

Folks, if your dryer tumbles but does not heat chances are the vent has a restriction in it - I mean the house vent to the outside. I get call after call for dryer repairs and the root cause of problem is the vent. Once the vent gets restricted with lint it causes excessive heat in the heater element housing, on the high limit fuse, and high-limit thermostat, and surrounding internals. It usually blows one of these components. If you can, have the dryer vent serviced and cleaned every 3-4 years at least. This will prevent unwanted dryer repair service calls and inconveniences of being without a dryer. Just a note, a dryer vent can be restricted and you can still feel air coming out. It's deceptive I know. I use a temp probe on the dryer vent outlet to determine.
Hope this helps,
Rich
Western Appliance Repair Boise

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I would need a model number to look up your heating element.
I can tell you that chances are if the dryer heats, but just takes to long to get things dry the heating element is probably ok.
Poor air flow is what causes dryer to take longer then normal to dry.
You will want to check your vent for restrictions such as kinks or lint build up. Don't forget to check the outside hood as it has a flapper or even a screen that can catch lint.
If your vent is ok then you need to take the dryer apart and check for lint build up around the blower housing and fan.

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If that is clear then the restriction is further inside the dryer or in the vent pipe between the dryer and wall or the pipe that goes from the wall to the outside. You may have to take off the vent hose and turn the dryer on to see if air blows out the back of the dryer for a few seconds. If air blows there then the problem is in the house venting and you need to have that cleaned.

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Check that the dryer duct at the back where it connects the dryer to the wall has not collapsed to restrict air movement to the house vent duct.

Check that the vent duct all the way to the outside of the house is not fully or partially restricted in any way.

Make sure the lint screen is clean.

Make sure there is no buildup of lint inside the dryer where the heat enter the drum.

You should be able to walk outside with the dryer running, and feel a blast of air exiting the dryer vent. If not, find the restriction.

A dryer warming up, and then shutting down is normally a sign of a restricted vent duct at some point in the system. Particularly if nothing is done, and the dryer heats up momentarily when the cycle is tried again.

Reply back your findings for further instruction or information.

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A dryer needs only three things to dry clothes:
1. Tumble the clothes.
2. Blow the air.
3. Heat the air.

If your clothes aren't drying, you are missing one or more of these.

You've mentioned that the basket is tumbling. That's good. The blower is also running if the motor is turning. But that doesn't mean the air is blowing. It could be clogged up behind the lint screen, in the vent pipe behind the machine, or at the vent outside the house.

If it's blowing lots of cold air (go to the outside vent to find out) then your dryer isn't heating. This would mean some part inside the dryer has failed. If so, the first thing you want to determine is, does the ignitor glow? There's a hole at the very bottom front edge where you might see it glow. You may have to place a mirror in front of the hole to see it glow.

Write back with more symptoms, and I'll help you through the rest.

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