We have the Kenmore 417 dryer, about 9 years old. Lately the laundry hasn't been getting dry. After finding that lint was getting through a bend in the filter (different, though possibly related problem) and emptying out a huge wad of lint, here's what's happening. The dryer barrel heats up for the first 5 minutes or so. After that the barrel no longer heats, but the back side of the unit is extremely hot and even shows a burn mark.
Does this sound like a timing or sensor problem, or is the motor fried from when it was blocked by lint? Thanks!
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Re: Back outside wall of dryer is burning
Hi. thanks for the question . pull dryer away from the wall. remove venting .clean venting to the outside. remove back panel. clean all lint first. cut power to te dryer . try again thanks the appliance doc. positive feed back .thanks the appliance doc
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you need to clean out the dryer.the thermal fuse is a safety switch so you don't have a fire when the dryer is running to hot.blow out the vent line with a leaf blower,unplug the dryer and make sure the outside vent is clear.next you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is,do this once a year,your clothes will dry on time,no fires and you'll save on parts.let me know how you make out
The element is supposed to cycle on and off thru out the drying cycle as not to burn clothes. Is it just taking too long to dry. If it is your exhaust from the wall behind the dryer to the outside is clogged somehow. I like to use a leaf blower stuck inside the exhaust behind the dryer and blow the whole line out to the outside of the home.
Remove the vent hose from the dryer and dry a load of clothes . If they dry , then dryer is pushed too far back , kinking vent hose , or the vent from the dryer to the outside is blocked somewhere . A dryer either heats or doesn't heat (except for maytag associated dryers ) in which the blower wheel could be stripped out . But Kenmores don't have blower problems .
If the drum is turning and the dryer is getting hot, then this is good news, as it means that the dryer is mechanically sound.
First check to see if the internal workings of the dryer are not blocked by running the dryer with the vent tube detached. If there is lots of warm moist air coming out the hole in the back of the dryer where the tube should be, then your dryer is fine.
Next, if you've checked the tube that connects the dryer to the wall or floor and it is clear, then on to step 3.
Probably you have a blocked or severely restricted vent tube from the wall or floor to the outside. Over time, these always become clogged with wet lint that builds up into a crust on the walls of the tubing.
Find the exhaust exit on the outside of the house and run a sewer snake up into it to see if you can open a hole in the blockage. If that works to help the air flow, then you need to replace the tubing from your laundry room to the outside, as it is probably a solid crust of lint that has built up over years.
Again, the good news here is that your expensive new dryer is probably fine.
try taking a flashlight and look over the back of the drier see if the vent got mashed or is all coled up and stuff let me know also you can remove the vent from the back of the drier and run 1 load to see if it works normal if so then you know the vents the culprit.