Hi, I have a newer Kenmore dryer (model GNSR465EB3WW) and the timed dryer function is working normally but the automatic sensor is not operational. Ie when you put it on automatic, the sensor is not shutting off the dryer when things are dry but it keeps running. Where should I first look to solve this problem
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If electric then the thermostat or the heating element has failed. If gas: First thing to check is the ignitor underneath the drum. (You have to open the panel to see it) It should glow shortly after the dryer starts, then the flame starts and the ignitor shuts off. If the ignitor does not glow then it or the thermostat is bad. If the ignitor is glowing but the gas does not light then the flame sensor may have to be replaced. If the gas ignites but does not stay on either the flame sensor or the coils are at fault. See also: http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-repair-a-dryer.htm
On a kenmore conventional dryer they had for a million years the heating element is on the rear of the machine on the right. Some newer models "princess type" have a lower front panel and a heater that just yanks out for easier servicing.