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Moisture sensor does not seem to work

My Kenmore Elite dryer mod. 110.64972301 the moisture sensor don't seem to work like it should.( ie. it stop before the cloths are dry). Could it be the sensor?? and where is it??.Is there a whirl pool mod. just like it??(Since Sears do not have this model any more, hope it might help in finding for parts).

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  • rooster10213 Jan 28, 2009

    Thanks for your help, Actually if I set it with the timer it work OK for the timing.The heating should be still good. It just I prefer to use the sensor since I would not over dry by set the timer too long.

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Your heating element may be bad if your cycle completely finishes and the clothes aren't dry. If

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