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Whirlpool dryer cloths take at least 2 full 60min cycles before cloths dry .....do you think its my element? if so where about is it in my dryer?

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  • kategeorgeco Dec 04, 2008

    my dryer is also taking 2-3 cycles on high to dry. what should i look into?

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Not element, same element runs Hi and low temp
whirlpool dryers have 2 thermostats,
40degreeC (low)100F
60degreeC (high)140F

the 60degree thermostat has failed
cost is between $15 and $40 depending on how the 'parts guy' feels on that day
the dryer is easy to open, check any of the 'change belt' questions or Joks instruction brief

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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