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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Hello there Brian and welcome to fixya Slow drying is a fairly common issue with dryers that are a few years old the most commmon problems is due to the following Please check each one of these very close ok VentFrequently
there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside
of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and
clear of lint or any other substance. Heating elementYour
dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your
dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or
four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially
burned out, replace it. To determine if the heating element is burned
out, watch the part testing video at the bottom of this page.
dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't
dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear
the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way
to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a
flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and
you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance
repair technician.Cycling thermostatAlthough
this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the
temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly.
If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round,
black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to
the internal ductwork with two screws.
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.