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Kenmore 700 series dryer little temperature difference between delicate and high

I have a Kenmore 110.67761600 that is a couple years old. My wife says the temperature difference between delicate and the highest (cotton) is negligible. I took the bottom panel off today and cleaned out the lint, confirmed the coil isn't shorted and measured the exhaust temp on the lowest and the highest. On delicate the range it cycles between 120F and 150F. On cotton (highest) between 120F and 160F. Note: I was using a quick-reading kitchen thermometer. What else should I be checking? How can I tell what the normal temperatures should be? Thank you.

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  • markdigger69 Jan 22, 2013

    Correction - delicate 120-160F and high 120-170F.

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Using that thermometer I am guessing that the readings are close to what they should be. Typically there is not as big a temperature change between the two settings. What made her first think there was a big problem in the temperature settings?

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Testimonial: "Vince, thanks for the reply. My investigation was prompted by my wife's feeling that even on delicate it was too hot. A 10F difference between the lowest delicate and the highest (cotton) seems strange. Perhaps it is due to what I'm measuring with? Any idea where I can get the specifics on what the temperature range should be?"

  • markdigger69 Jan 22, 2013

    Vince, thanks for the reply. My investigation was prompted by my wife's feeling that even on delicate it was too hot. A 10F difference between the lowest delicate and the highest (cotton) seems strange. Perhaps it is due to what I'm measuring with? Any idea where I can get the specifics on what the temperature range should be?

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