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Kenmore dryer takes to long to dry

Kenmore electric dryer aprox 10 years old, takes two cycles to dry clothees, heating element is working, lnt was clleaned out any ideas. thanks

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  • missil Jan 19, 2009

    My Kenmore dryer is a model 68801 purchased in 1989. Takes 2 to 3 cycles to dry clothes. Last year, an appliance repairman said heating element was fine. I thought I saw instructions in a manual how to clean an inside filter but I can't find the manual. Where can I get instructions?

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You may have to get inside the exhaust assembly ...somtimes there are lint buildups that occur and cause long drying times. Also make sure you don't have a DUAL heating element model. I had one and only one of the elements worked when I repaired the second one it worked great. Most likely is the exhaust block however. Hope this helps.

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