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Kenmore Series 70 Stopped heating up

IS it possible to burn the dryer up if the lint catcher is full to the brim? I asked this cause that exactly what my wife did. Is there a overload reset switch somewhere or am I pretty much in the muck?

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Dryers have a thermal cut-out (TCO) that can trip in an overheat condition. Yes, it is possible to restrict air flow from clogged lint and cause this overheat condition. The TCO acts as a fuse and cannot be reset. If defective, it must be replaced. Here is a link that also explains other causes of dryer heat related failures:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Now...normally if there is heating circuit failure, such as the TCO or heating element, the dryer drum will still rotate. The dryer just does not heat. If this is not your symptom, you may have another cause to your failure. This next link, provides more detailed symptom elaboration:

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

Pay particular attention to the sections in these links that discuss proper dryer ventilation. Poor air flow is the number one cause of dryer failures and dryer fires.

What is your model number? This will determine how your dryer is configured and where the heating components are located. If you have further questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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