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My Kenmore Elite HE doesn't heat

The vent is clean and the air flows freely

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Generally when a dryer does not heat, there is some problem with the heater, either it has shorted because some metalic thing like a coin or pin ( or in our case the under wire of a bra) from the clothes managed to get to the back and short circuit the heating element or the fuse is blown, I am not sure u can take the dryer apart to be able to check with a meter , when it is the heating element. You need diagrams of the dryer to be able to know how to take it apart and to know which screws and parts come off first. Please disconnect the power before attempting any of this

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

  • jvaidy Jan 20, 2009

    I was assuming it is electric heater, if it uses gas, then the solution is in the same area, but I don't have a gas dryer and therefore have no solution.

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