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Not drying adequately

How many elements are in this dryer--model 86983810? It still will dry, but only half a load for an allotted period of time. We have vacuumed it out, but that doesn't seem to help much.

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There are only one element in the system. if your system is not drying the clothes properly then you should really check the temp sensor to make sure that the system is working correctly and not shutting off at the wrong time or to early and not really heating up properly

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