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Dryer runs and heats but shuts off prematurely

Our dryer heats up nicely. However, no matter the setting, even if set at ''high heat'' it shuts off in approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

Would it be a defective timer or heat sensor that would cause a premature shut down of the dryer?

Originally, I was going to remove the heating element, but, obviously with heat being generated, the problem doesn't come from the heating element.

The dryer, despite what is put in ''What product is it about,'' is a Kenmore Model# 96263100 / Stock# 62631. I had to put something that would allow me to go beyond this point.

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It could be the timer or the sensor as well. Before replacing parts, it may just need a cleaning. If you are not familiar with the product then you should call a professional. The dryer is designed to shutoff when it is overheating, which as you stated it heats up nicely, but shuts off.

Lint, the unfortunate result of drying gets on the sensors and other parts and causes them to react prematurely. If you haven't cleaned the unit, it may just need that, if not I would then say start looking at replacing parts. For safety concerns, you should have your dryer cleaned yearly.

Another thing to check is the exaust for kinks or blockage, when this happens it causes heat back into the unit and again shuts it down.

Give those a try and it may just solve your problem.

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