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Kenmore basic model dryer

We have a Kenmore basic model dryer. The model number is very long and unfortunately I do not have that number with me. I think that my problem will be asily answered without the serial number. The problem is that I turned it on and it ran for about 10 minutes and then it shut off. I tried to turn it back on and it would not start. I let it cool off and then started it again. I looked down the back of the dryer and a part in there is glowing red hot. So much that I could see it without taking the back off. Needless to say I have turned it off and left it off since seeing the glow. Is this the heating element burning up? Is there anything we can do to fix this problem ourselves? What will prevent this from happening again? I clean the lint trap before every use and maintain as best as I know how.

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    Kenmore Heavy Duty: mod:96260100. Very basic: set timer,push on. Can't find any help.Starts/runs 4-5mins,gets hot then shuts down.Cools down,same song.Single dad,2 girls,must do laundry! Removed top,vaccumed out,check connections.Cleaned duct,vent etc.Same result. Thermocoupler? if so,where is it?Thank you in advance.Timothy



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JaJa, outside of the excellent advice that was posted by jsrock, it sounds like your element is shorted to ground. It could be a bra-wire or something else shorting it. If your model is similiar to the posted dryer, you will have to remove the back panel. The heating element will be on the right side. There will be 2 quarter inch screws holding it in the duct. Remove these screws and the heater will pull down. Sometimes they are in there tight so it might take a little. See if you have something in there shorting the element. Make sure to have the dryer unplugged while going in there. This is not that hard of a gig. back.

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The glowing you are seeing from inside the dryer SHOULD be the heating element. However, if your heating element is glowing as bright as the sun, this is an indication of improper air flow. This can be attributed to clogged ducting. In order for your dryer to dry properly it needs proper air flow through the drum and out through the ducting. A few things you can check: 1. Are your clothes taking longer to dry? 2. Is there proper air flow coming out of the ducting exhaust? 3. Is there lint backing up inside the dryer and/or in the room that the dryer is sitting? 4. Is the outside ducting clogged? 5. Is the dryer getting extremely hot? If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you need to replace your ducting and/or have it professionally cleaned. If your dryer is turning off it's usually a sign of overheating. Eventually, the thermal fuse will blow or the heating element will burn out. In both cases, parts will be required to fix. A little routine dryer cleaning will go a long way towards keeping it running longer and preventing the need for repairs. I hope this will help you.

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