Question about Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer
Kenmore 110.96284100 (62841)
Heat is on "high" on all three settings--"delicate", ":perm. press" and "cotton".
How do I fix that?
Before assuming you have a component problem with your dryer, ask yourself this question, "When was the last time I inspected and cleaned my dryer ventilation?" If you can't remember, or if it has never been done, you may have a simple case of a dryer exhaust system that is clogged. A dryer requires proper air flow in order to work properly and efficiently. If the dryer is clogged, the heating circuits actually will overheat. The result will be longer dry times, a dryer that is too hot, or eventually a dryer that fails. A simple way to determine if it IS an exhaust problem is to perform the following:
1. Pull the dryer away from the wall and remove the exhaust hose.
2. Start the dryer with a load. The air at the exhaust should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees F for most dryers).
3. If the air is warm, allow the clothes to dry to see if they dry efficiently like they should.
4. If they do not, or if the air flow is weak, inspect the dryer blower fan housing to make sure it is not clogged and that the fan is moving.
5. If the air flow is normal and the clothes dry just fine, reconnect the exhaust vent and check the air flow at the exhaust where it leaves your home. If the air flow is weak, I recommend cleaning the ventilation, and checking for any kinks that may be obstructing air flow.
6. If the air flow at this point is normal, and your dryer is still not operating correctly, then we may have a problem. A common problem is the wire coming off the auto dry sensor inside the dryer. The auto dry sensor bar is located inside the drum along the front. There is a connector wire that attaches to it behind the lower panel.
Inspect your dryer first and make a determination of what it is or isn't doing correctly. I would hate to recommend parts without you first doing some routine inspections. It could be that you may not need any replacemnt parts and may just be able to save yourself a service call. I hope you find this information helpful. If you need addtional assistance, please let me know.
PS It is recommended that you use the semi-rigid metal type dryer exhaust hose. It is crush resistant, heat resistant and hold up well against rodents.
Posted on Sep 03, 2008
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If the dryer is running then the thermal fuse is okay.
The temperature is controlled by three parts. There is the operating thermostat which is on the blower housing and is rated at 150 degrees. This is high heat.
The operating thermostat sits in a thermostat heater which is controlled by the temperature switch. The temperature switch controls how much voltage passes it to the thermostat heater. This is how we achieve lower temperatures. There is about a 15/20 degree difference between high heat and low heat.
The restricted vent may have caused the appearance of the dryer running hot.
I would suggest you check the temperature coming out of the exhaust. It can be checked with the vent hose pulled off. Any thermostat with a range between 120 degrees and 160 can be used. With the vent removed check the temperature of the air in the exhaust. At high temperature it should cycle between 135 degrees to approximately 155 degrees. This is high heat.
If you turn the temperature switch to a lower setting such as delicate you should see a lower temperature in the exhaust. It may only be 15 degrees lower but it should show a lower temperature.
I hope this information helps to resolve this problem.
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