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Re: kenmore dryer model 41780042990
Sounde like you have a clogged vent line be shure the vent hose is not cinked in any waty that would restrict the air flow. Next turn the dryer on and make sure you and a good flow of air out side the house if the air is not blowing out the vent out side you will need to clean this out or have it cleaned.
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the heater element has two parts to the heat coil if one of the coils breaks it will not get hot enough to heat the load all the way to set of the sensor to stop . it seems like you need to replace your heat element . if you want to know how to take it apart i have a couple of posts that tell how or reply back the coil costs about 89 dollars you can get one pre strung for around double the cost
Remember heat rises. However if it burns your hand or you can smell something you need to unplug the power to it asap. Most of them come with a one year in home service repair. It takes a while the heating elements to get hot in the dryer so that's probably why it seems its getting hot on top after the clothes have been in for a while.
classical sign of a bad motor. the motor has a thermal switch on it telling the unit to shut off when it gets hot. after it cools down, the switch will tell the motor to turn back on again. good luck, i'm pretty sure that's your problem. contact me for further help if needed. thanks :)
this is an airflow problem. make sure you are using a rigid metal duct behind the machine and not a flexible one. clean out the exhaust duct behind the dryer and in the wall all the way to the outside. any residue of lint inside these ducts will increase drying time dramatically. basically clean everywhere the air flows.
if you already checked this and think it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out.