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My Kenmore 90 Series Dryer keeps overheating. I've cleaned out all lint I can find in the traps, the exhaust vent leading out, and even popped the bottom panel off cleaning that area out. Is the motor going out, or is there something else I can look at?

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  • Crathsor Jan 05, 2009

    Yeah I've got good air flow coming out. Thanks for the info on the thermostat.

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By overheating I presume you mean the high temperature fuse is tripping.
The two most common causes are poor air flow and a bad themostat. If there's a good flow of air coming out of the exhaust vent then it's likely the thermostat. Expect to pay $20-30 plus labor for a new one.

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Keep getting warning "check exhaust" on a new gas dryer. All exhaust is clear. What's going on?


The CHECK VENT duct blockage sensing system detects and alerts you to blockages in the duct work that reduce exhaust flow from the dryer. This light does not indicate any problems with your dryer. If this light blinks, it indicates that your home's exhaust system/duct work has a serious restriction

Every time the dryer is turned on, the CHECK FILTER LIGHT WILL BLINK, as a reminder to make sure the filter is clean. Always make sure the lint filter is clean before starting a new load; a clogged lint filter will increase drying times.

The Kenmore Elite dryer has a sensor that detects poor exhaust venting, and when it does, a light flashes on the control panel. This warning light does not include a mechanism to stop gas flow, but if it is allowed to flash for an extended period, poor venting may cause the dryer to overheat. As a result, a fuse might blow and disable the gas valve or ignitor. You can prevent this by diagnosing the reason for the flashing indicator light as soon as possible.

In many cases, LINT has built up somewhere in the exhaust pipes.

Check under the lint filter. Pull it out,look inside the slot it fits in, and clear all lint from this area.

Is it possible you have used the WRONG VENT MATERIAL?
Check your vent to make sure it is 4 inch rigid or semi-rigid metal ducting. If your venting is plastic or flexible foil, replace it before using the dryer.

Check your vent hood outside. You may have a restricted or damaged vent hood. It must be clean and free of lint buildup. Check the damper and make sure it opens fully and easily and is free of lint.

I know you said you have no elbows, but I have posted the pipe run lengths with and without elbows. Keep in mind this is with 4 inch rigid or semi rigid metal ducting.

Measure the length of your exhaust system and count the elbows. Use the chart below to see if your duct is too long. If it is too long, have the duct routed to another location that is within the venting guidelines.

0~90 degree elbows=65 ft of 4 inch rigid metal duct.
1~90 degree elbow=55 ft of 4 inch rigid metal duct.
2~90 degree elbows=47 ft """"""""
3~90 degree elbows=36 ft """"""""
4~90 degree elbows=28 ft """"""""

You should always use duct tape or metal tape on all joints, NEVER USE SCREWS, as screws capture lint inside the pipe.

One more note. Lots of people overlook the fact that fabric softeners can build up on the lint filter over time. This buildup can restrict the airflow through the filter reducing dryer efficiency and lengthening drying times. After removing lint, if the filter looks dark or dirty when held up to the light, follow these steps to clean:

Use hot soapy water and a stiff brush to clean
the filter.
Make sure the filter is completely dry before
reinstalling it and using the dryer.
NEVER operate the dryer with a wet lint filter.

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take the bottom of the dryer off and check for obstruction in heat tube. if it is loaded with lint it will overheat and shut down. Use vacuum cleaner and clean it out. Also take exhaust tube off back of dryer and check that the tube leading to the outside is clean with no obstructions. Check baffles on outside make sure there is noone living in your vent tube to the outside.

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Your motor is very likely overheating and needs replacement. A simple test is the motor will be so hot you cannot even touch it. Hope this helps!

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Electric dryer lint


You are purchasing new dryers when the problem is your vent line. The fact that your old dryer is now working in a different home, and your new dryer still has the same problem as the old dryer, leads me to suggest that you reroute your vent line some how. Your dryer vent line is really too long. The fact that you've added two 90 degree bends also leads to the issue of lint build up problems by creating added resistnace. It's a simple theory of operation when it comes to dryers. The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the vent line the BETTER. All vent hoses create some resistance to air flow. It is typical in longer runs that the lines build up and accumulation of fine lint over a period time which adds weight to the line. This can cause the line to sag and restrict lint even more. Any bend in the line (especially 90 degree bends) also create points of resistance where lint tends to build up. This eventually leads to clogs, longer dry times, dryer overheating and eventual failure of the appliance. Purchasing higher end models does not necessarily equate to better performance. Many of your low end Kenmore, Maytag and Whirlpool models are great dryers and last years with proper care and maintenance. Even though you don't have this configuration, I thought I might add that it's also a bad idea to have vent lines that run vertical (such as in an attic). Dryer exhaust has moisture content from the clothes. When the lint mixes with this moisture it becomes more dense. If you have a vent line that runs vertical, this line will eventually settle at the lowest point of the vent line (which is usually right where it enters the wall). Reroute your vent line and shorten it and I bet your problems will go away. It's cheaper to spend the money on some semi-rigid vent hose than several hundreds on another appliance that will probably give you the same results. I hope this helps you,

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