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Kenmore dryer. Our Kenmore dryer is not working properly. The drum is turning and the heat initially comes on, but then it does not stay on. We have already replaced the coils and it is still not working. Do you have any suggestions

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  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Is this an ELECTRIC or GAS dryer? When you mention replacing the coils, this could mean gas valve coils you are describing, but I'm not sure. There is a difference between the two types of dryers and have different possible causes to heating problems. Please post back and let me know, so I can assist you further.

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Chech your exhaust hose from rear of dryer ,,if can disconnect and run and see how long it heats up for ,if you reconnect hose to back of dryer and shuts off quickly pretty obvious ,, bad air flow , clean out exhaust

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