I have a Kenmore 70 series elec.dryer. The heating element only heats up for approx. 10-15 seconds and then goes off for about 3-4 minutes. This does now allow enough heating for a regular sized load to dry in the hour time limit. I have cleared out all vents and dryer appears to have good air exhaust. Could this be a bad heat sensor or timer that does not allow the heating element to stay on longer or to cycle more often. Thank you, any help would be appreciated. Firegirl
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Re: long drying times model #11062712100
Try this and let me know what happens.
TIP OF THE DAY To reduce the suction draft and drying time your drier and save some cash, remove the lint catcher and take it to the sink. Run water into it, if there is excessive pooling of the water (water not running straight through) then fabric softener is fouling the lint screen. Use a small brush and dish detergent to clean it and then shake off all the water and dry the screen. Remember this tip on future driers and you will make the dryer blower motor last much longer.
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This link will help you in diagnosis/disassembly/parts.
Possibly a faulty heat element is most common failure. Fix the no heat problem and the dryer should shut off ok.
Make sure you have correct voltage to the unit before tearing apart. Again visit the link above
I'm not familiar with your dryer model but general advice regarding dryers with the problem that you have described would be to ensure that any filter on the outlet is clean, whether it be a condenser or traditional external vent.
Ensure, if it is vented rather than condensing (only connected to a drain) that the vent tube has clear access to expel the damp air circulated during the drying process.
If the wash load is heating to a substantial temperature in the dryer, it isn't the element causing the problem.
check the thermal fuse if it is blown also change the high limit thermal cut-off fuse www.repairclinic.com shows your parts. go there and enter model number. Also check the heat element. to get into it remove the lint filter and the two screws you'll see there then pry the top up at the front corners. And through the back you should find the heat element and blower housing and thermal fuse and high limit fuse and cycling thermostat.
check your power if one leg is down eg 110 to the motor drier will run but not heat if the heater is getting 110 but not the motor drier will do nothing check for a partial tripped breaker eg one side tripped but not fully just turn off and reset check outlet for 220 check power cord at terminal block for loose or burned cord unplug first lol if cord is burned just means it was loose when in stalled most of the time this promb is elec.