My 7 yr. old Kenmore 80 series dryer leaves dark, unremovable stains on some clothing. Does not happen all the time but this morning I once again found damaged clothing. There is a metal vent on the back wall of the dryer that appears to have a brownish stain on it. The stain does not rub off when rubbed with a dry or damp rags. Help!
Any ideas on what the problem may be? Is it possible to remove & replace the vent?
I had this same problem. I turned out to be the seal around the drum. You have to remove the drum and put in another seal. Not real hard to do. You can order the seal from sears and I think the glue came with it. Just have to remove the lint vent screws and then the top lifts off. then remove the screws to the front panel. Hold the drum because it will fall. Unhook the belt. Remember how it connects. Then take the drum off and remove the seal and as much leftover glue and fabric. Glue the new seal on and let dry. I did overnight. It should have directions. then replace everything. just make the seal is on the same way you took it off so look at everthing before you remove anything. Once the seal was replaced no more stains.
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Kenmore 80 Series of dryers are consumer grade dryers for home use. As
with most home appliances, the Kenmore 80 series dryers will
occasionally not work as intended. If a problem occurs with your dryer,
however, you do not necessarily need it serviced by a technician. You
can attempt to troubleshoot and fix any problems with your dryer before
contacting a technician.
Kenmore 80 Series dryers may not run for several reasons. First, make
sure that the power cord is plugged into a working power outlet. You
may need to plug a different device into the outlet to check that it is
receiving power. If the second device does not run on the power outlet,
you may have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. Check your fuse
box or circuit breaker box and make the change as needed. Next, make sure that the dryer door is fully shut. The dryer will not run with the door ajar. Finally,
check that the "Start" button was fully pressed and that a cycle was
chosen on the machine. If you do not choose a cycle for the dryer, it
will not run.
If your Kenmore 80 Series dryer does not heat up during use, check that
a heat cycle has been chosen for the load. There are several different
dryer cycles you can choose, some of which do not use heat. Make sure
that you have chosen a heated cycle. As
above, check that you have not blown a fuse or tripped a circuit
breaker. The dryer may use more than one fuse or breaker: one is used
to power the drum, and the other for the heating element. Make sure
that both fuses or breakers are in working order.
There may be times when Kenmore Series 80 dryers do not fully dry your
clothes. When this occurs, check the lint screen and clear out any
lint. The air may not flow as well if the lint screen is clogged. Next,
check to see if the exhaust vent is clogged. Lint and other particles
may clog the exhaust vent over time, restricting air flow and making it
more difficult to dry your clothes. To check the vent, run the dryer
and hold your hand under the vent. If you do not feel any air flow,
clean or replace the vent. If you used cold water to rinse the
clothes it may take longer than normal to dry. The same is true if the
load of laundry is very wet or is filled with items that are very
absorbent. Finally, check the load size. The more clothes in the
load the longer it will take to dry. If you want to reduce drying time,
separate the clothes into piles of light and heavy items and dry them
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This is a pretty easy fix and I recently had the same problem. I made a quick video about it. The problem was the dryer was run only a few mins then quit. The dryer limit was tripping because the control thermostat was not shutting down the lower safety limit was tripping and the power from the control thermostat was diverted via the orange wire to the timer motor which kinda caused the main motor to stop. When i ran the dryer in NO HEAT the dryer stayed running and that was my clue as to what may of been happening and that was the problem in a nutshell. My video:
I HAVE SEEN MOST MARKS COMING FROM THE DRYERS. AS THEY AGE, THE FELT AIR SEALS ON THE DRUM DETERIORATE AND THE CLOTHES GET PINCHED BETWEEN THE DRUM AND THE BULKHEAD AT THE REAR OF THE DRUM. OTHERWISE CHECK THE HOLES IN THE WASHER TUB IF YOU HAVE A PORCALIN ON STEEL TUB IN THE WASHER.
Most likely a bearing failure, a seal that retains grease has given up and is spewing into the drum through a shaft opening of some kind.
If you are positive there is no grease in some of the clothes, or someone is putting it in the drum, then a seal has failed, and now that the grease is coming out, the bearing it is was supposed to lubricate is now low, and will fail prematurely, you need a service call and soon.