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Kenmore elite smartheat quitpak electric dyer

Unit takes three times longer to dry clothes. I felt the units exhaust outside and it is heating, not sure if cotinuously. I have cleaned out the exhaust tube... it is not blocked. No observable error codes. HELP My dryer takes too long to dry. We have already replaced the thermistor (which was bad), and a relay inside the console. The vent is clear. The dryer heats up but is taking 60 minutes to dry a load of towels and should only take 45. The technician said to see if the relay makes it any better and it doesn't really seem like it is. Isn't 45 minutes a realistic time for towels to dry? I have been using dryers for over 30 years. Is it possible the electric company is browning us out?

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    Thank you for your help. We will try this.

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Try drying load with vent tube disconnected may get warm and dusty but if works ok recheck vent completely also be sure vent is not being flattened when dryer is pushed back to wall also remove lower panel(clips along top edge each corner about 3-4 inches in)remove blower housing 2-3 screws and clean housing

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