The dryer just doesn't seem to be drying as efficiently as it once did. I have check all the vent lines and cleaned them. The dryer is about 6.5 years old and get used a lot about 15 times per week. I'm thinking the most likely cause would be either the heating element or the thermostat. Can you tell me how to check these parts or if you think it is something different.
Re: My Kenmore Elite Electic dryer mod #11063012101
OK .. on your dryer it does have a bi-metal switch that turns on and off the element....if your dryer produces heat... nothing wrong with element.. a thermostat w/wire sensor is the only way to check for your heat if its working correctly.. the other is to check if your clothes coming out of your washer is it wetter then before.. might need to spin one more time.. good luck..
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You need to replace the heating coil that is usually the problem when you get air and and the tumbler is moving but no drying you can also check the lint catcher and clear out your dryer outgoing vent remove the hose check the dryer vent where the vent hose is connected and the vent going outside the house before changing the heating coil .
Most of the time a dryer will work much less efficiently when the exhaust ducts and vent are full of lint. You should periodically dismantle the ducts enough to get a vacuum into every section of pipe, especially the elbows and outside vent Don't forget the dryer itself; vacuum the outlet thoroughly.
Be sure to duct tape (the REAL use for duct tape!) to seal the joints. Be sure to turn off the gas and unplug it before you begin, and be careful with the gas line if it is a gas dryer.
You will find it runs for less time, and dries better when you are through.
If your dryer is STILL heating, but you are experiencing longer dry times and/or poor drying efficiency, the following link can give you some things to check before you assume there is a malfunction with your dryer:
The number one cause of dryer heat related problems is poor exhaust ventilation. If not vented properly, a dryer will not dry efficiently, will actually take longer than required to dry, and will cause the heating circuits to overheat to the point of failure. The dryer will actually seem hotter than usual in many cases as the heating circuits begin to overheat. This is also the source of many fire hazards if not resolved. Read through the link provided and review some of the potential causes.
If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope you find this information is helpful.
NOTE: If you thoroughly check everything and still have problems let me know. The problem could be related to a thermostat failure.
I would be curious to know if the dryer performs the same way on "timed" dry and "auto-dry", have you tried ?
Here's a tip on how you can absolutely know if you have venting issues ( and I don't necessarily mean a "clogged" vent, there are other factors too ) Disconnect the vent at the rear of the dryer and run a cycle as you normally would and observe what happens. Also if it has the flex venting on it ( whether plastic or foil type ) get rid of it, personally I will not even service a customers dryer until they agree to change it when present.
I'll watch for you reply in this post if I can assist you further. Good luck.
ensure the lint screen is clean, check your discharge vent hose for blockage or kinks. You may need to move the dryer out from the wall to thoroughly inspect the vent hose. while the vent hose is removed from the dryer, start the dryer momentarily to ensure the is sufficient air flow exiting the unit.
I think your vent has lint in the line between the wall and the outside of your house not allowing the moisture to get out
1 when the dryer is running go outside and observe the vent to see if hot air is coming out
2 Turn dryer off, disconnect electric from wall
3 pull dryer out from wall
4 take a nut driver or screw and remove the clamp that attaches the flex vent pipe to the wall
4 Also remove the flex pipe from the dryer
5 Inspect inside vent connection inside dryer for any trapped lint
6 inspect inside flex line for any lint
7 Look inside wall vent for lint you can also reach in with your hand to feel for lint
8 If you have a leaf blower or can borrow one(electric is best) from your neighbor put the snout of the blower into the vent going into the wall seal the area between the snout and the vent pipe at the wall ( i use duct tape you can use wash clothes rags etc
9 start blower and blow any lint in the line out through outside THIS WILL CLEAR THE LINT
10 Reattach the flex to the wall vent and dryer , plug in. run a load and you should be back in business