Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses dryer ventilation. Most dryer heat related problems are caused by poor air flow due to clogged ventilation. Follow the advice given to isolate whether you may have a ventilation problem internal or external to your dryer first. You may not have anything wrong but some lint accumulation. If left in a clogged condition, the dryer heating circuits will eventually overheat to failure.
If you verify everything and still have long dry times, make sure you are separating items correctly. I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, but some people simply do not know. For example: dry towels and jeans separately from other articles of clothing because they take longer. And. overloading a dryer will make it dry less efficient.
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The drying circuit has to have a sensor to control heat and the timer controls time (on timed drying). Often sensors fail "open" and dryers stop drying. This sensor or the circuit seems to have failed closed (runs all the time). I suspect the sensor has failed in the drying control.
Ain't no moisture sensor. This is is not an electronic sensing machine. It uses another method to determine dryness. An orange wire connects to the base of the heating element. The timer motor is driven by power from it in auto dry. The timer motor is VERY slow. Slower than most dryer timer motors.As the clothes get dryer the heat is not needed so the element is turned off by the control thermostat which is mounted next to the skinny white fuse on the blower housing. This allows for the turtle like motor on the timer to advance. Once the clothes get to the point of dryness the heater stays off way longer and the timer motor advances on over to the cool down and carry on over to the end of cycle. So the clothes won't always be dry due to factors like lint buildup in the blower housing, venting to outside and so forth. having said that my mom bought a brand new Kenmore dryer and I set it on 55 minutes timed drying. At the end of that them clothes is still damp. I then set it to auto dry high heat and that usually gets em dry. I think the main probo with this dryer is the thermostat ain't set as high as older models to keep the heat at a moderate temp so that the limits won't blow on models in apts and such. Just a theory.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news,but what your describing sounds exactly what a bad motor will do...run whiles is realitivly cool,cut off when hot the restart after a cool down period and run for a while till hot again.
you need to clean out the dryer and vent line,try running it with the vent line off and see if it runs better,also you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is,if the vent line is long blow it out with a leaf blower to clean it out,check the outside vent and make sure that isn't blocked,you need to do this once a year or you will start blowing thermal fuse and over heat the motor and your clothes will take hours to dry
if you are using the sensor drying cyle this could cause the unit to stop. it will detect the most dry clothing first usually light clothes that dry faster.if not and you are useing timed dry the most likely cause is a faluty timer,or a thermostat sesnor is going bad and turnoing off the dryer before the clothes are dry
Try this and let me know what happens.
TIP OF THE DAY To reduce the suction draft and drying time your drier and save some cash, remove the lint catcher and take it to the sink. Run water into it, if there is excessive pooling of the water (water not running straight through) then fabric softener is fouling the lint screen. Use a small brush and dish detergent to clean it and then shake off all the water and dry the screen. Remember this tip on future driers and you will make the dryer blower motor last much longer.
It sounds like a timer problem since it happens during timed also. Some dryers don't have an actual moisture sensor for auto dry. They work by knowing that as long as the clothes are wet the temp won't go past a certain point. As the clothes dry it trips a thermostat that lets the timer advance. Until this is fixed DON"T trust the timer to shut off the dryer. Sometimes it won't or could leave the dryer running for hours. This has nothing whatsoever to do with fuses. There are no fuses in a dryer. Just high limit thermostats and other devices that will shut off the heat but usually not the motor.