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Dryer heating element cycles on and off every minute or two

Kenmore dryer heating element cycles on and off every minute or so and does not dry the clothes and i do not want to replace all of the thermostats and fuses as i think only one is the problem

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It is normal for the dryer heating circuits to cycle on and off. The heating element is not supposed to stay on continuously. What usually causes excessive dry times, and rapid cycling of the heating element is poor ventilation. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385301-thorough_dryer_advice

Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses proper ventilation and how to determine whether or not you have a clog. You could STILL have a malfunctioning hi-limit thermostat or operating thermostat, but I suggest you double the simple things first. It doesn't make since to replace parts if it may be a simple matter of general upkeep. Cleaning the lint trap in not enough to keep the dryer ducting clean. If you've never had your ducting inspected or cleaned, now may be a good time.

Perform the simple test of disconnecting the dryer vent hose and try drying a load. If the dryer performs better, you may have a clog in the vent line where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. If the drying results are still the same, inspect the internal air blower to make sure it is not clogged.

NOTE: It is also recommended that you use semi-rigid metal ducting. It is crush resistant, resists kinking & heat, and offers protection against rodent infestation.

I hope this advice leads you in the right direction. Let me know what you discover. If it is not a matter of ventilation, then read the steps on how to determine the whether or not the heating circuits are operating correctly. Let me know if you require additional assistance.

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Your 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 the heating element. You can check for an ohm reading but will need to refer to the service manual for proper reading. This sometimes on the tech sheet located somewhere on the dryer. Usually between 9-13 ohms.
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Although 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 . This thermostat usually has four wires going to it. Check the 2 terminals that are opposite each other and are the closer together of the 2. These 2 terminals should have continuity. If not replace the thermostat.
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Hi lkyldy31...


Your dryer is acting like it has a Clogged Vent
If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.
Normally, this is what happens during an automatic cycle:
The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a pre-set temperature--say 135 degrees.
When the dryer reaches the pre-set temperature, the thermostat tells the timer to begin advancing. (If there's a moisture sensor, the timer advances only if the moisture content of the clothing is low enough.)
The timer advances until the interior cools, then the thermostat tells the timer to stop advancing, and tells the dryer to start heating again.
This cycle continues until the clothes are dry. But...if the vent is clogged, the dryer may never reach the proper operating temperature, so it doesn't send the signal to the timer and the dryer continues to run indefinitely, even if the clothes are completely dry. To fix the problem, clean the vent and/or internal ductwork.
Heating Element
Your 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 the heating element. You can check for an ohm reading but will need to refer to the service manual for proper reading. This sometimes on the tech sheet located somewhere on the dryer. Usually between 9-13 ohms.
Cycling thermostat
Although 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 . This thermostat usually has four wires going to it. Check the 2 terminals that are opposite each other and are the closer together of the 2. These 2 terminals should have continuity. If not replace the thermostat.
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