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No hot air. i clean the exhaust vent and cleaned the intake. but still no hot air

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Sounds like your heating element has gone out.You can get to it by removing the back panel.

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Kenmore Elite gets hot, dries clothes but the metal piece in the back of the dryer is burning holes in our clothes.

This is URGENT.

What you described is a precursor to a dryer fire.!!

Dryers work this way....they have an air intake that allows the heated air to come in, circulate around the clothes, and an air outflow that the heated air flows out of. Look in your dryer, you will see the two separate intake and outflow behind grills onside the dryer. Look for burn marks. Open the dryer and look straight back to the intake and outflow grill where the hot air flows in, then out of the dryer.

What happens when your exhaust system is blocked is that the air becomes superheated, and (if a gas dryer) flames can come up to or into the dryer through that metal part you are describing. If electric, it is superheating and burning the clothes. I would bet your exhaust is clogged somewhere. Fix this before using the dryer again.

You can call a repairman to do the cleaning and check this out.
OR try to handle it yourself with a few easy steps.

Check the flow of air where the exhaust comes out, usually outside your house or apartment. If the flow is weak, its a definite sign of a clog...usually in the exhaust duct that is usually a flexible metal tube that attaches to the bottom of your dryer, then winds its way outside to a vent....but a fire can come from something else being clogged.

Try this:
1) Clean the lint trap
2) Replace the exhaust ducting (they are very cheap and easy to install on each end)
3) If you can, with the dryer disconnected form power, take the back panel off (it's very easy) and look for dust and lint buildup that can come from a clogged vent, then vacuum it off. If you see burned lint there, then that is proof you have had some fire.

If the above is not your problem, you need an expert to come and diagnose this.

Good luck

Mar 07, 2014 | Kenmore Dryers

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My WTL 5410 dryer (electric condensation) has hot air coming out of the low rear duct opening (where the condentate hose connection is located. The hose is properly connected and occationally has water...


Welcome to FixYa.

You are correct, the unit being a condenser model doesn`t require any additional venting or exhaust to outdoors, that is the purpose of condensing the moisture internally.

As to the issue of air flowing out of the unit I`d suspect perhaps the heat exchange may need cleaning, if it is plugged it will cause the air to be directed elsewhere.

I`ve attempted to attach below the procedure for cleaning, if unsuccessful for whatever reason, too small for example, you or your landlord can email me at and I can send you the "pdf" guide for your Bosch dryer.


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Sep 28, 2010 | Bosch Axxis WTL 5410 Electric Dryer

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Estate dryer do's not dry fast anymoe

Couple of things to check, the blower fan assembly that is close to the lint filter, might be clogged or the exhaust duct hose might be too long and has too many bents, that restricts the air flow. check also outside for restrictions

Jan 06, 2010 | Estate Dryers

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Wont dry clothes is hot inside dryer but takes 3 or 4 cycles to dry load

You have an air flow problem. This usually happens when the exhaust pipe/vent gets clogged. Clean/inspect the vent outlet, the pipe, the inlet, and the filter/lint catcher area.

Improper air flow prevents the moisture from being vented out of the dryer.

Sep 26, 2009 | GE DBSR453EBWW Electric Dryer

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Dryer does't heat up all the time

With the gas, you need to check a few things, is the pilot light burnt out? how old is the gas valve? gas lines clean? venting clean? burners clean? check thru all of those youre problem does fall somewhere within that. My guess is its a bad valve.

Aug 28, 2009 | Dryers

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Dryer is not hot. there is no heat coming out

A couple of quick things to look at.
1, Make sure the gas valve is on and there is a gas supply.
2, If the vent duct is not clean or restricted, the vent sensor will not allow the burner to ignite, also make sure the burner exhaust vent is clear. Any restriction of the air inlet or exhaust will cause the burner to not function.
Let me know what you find and we can go from there.
Good luck.

Jul 03, 2009 | Dryers

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Dryer is taking forever to dry clothes.

you better not use the dryer again until you can clean the entire vent system-----not just the lint filter , but the back of the dryer and the complete exhaust duct all the way to the outside. It is probably plugged. Also check to make sure nothing is blocking the air intake. I know a co worker who had a house fire due to a blocked vent. After the vent is clear, make sure you can feel a good stream of air coming out at the outsde of the vent.

Jun 25, 2009 | GE DBSR453EBWW Electric Dryer

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The dryer gets hot but takes five hours to dry one load

Check the exhaust vent, make sure it's not kinked or squished behind the machine and that the outside vent is not clogged with lint. You should feel air blowing freely to the outside.
Also make sure the exhaust vent is not over the recommended length (refer to the manual).

Let me know if you still need help.
Good luck!

Apr 01, 2009 | Frigidaire Dryers

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Dryer shuts off after a few minutes, Maytag model pye2000ayw,vent is clear, top of dryer over heating elemnts gets very hot.

the heating element may be going out on it...if its getting too hot you may risk having a fire.i would have a tech look at it and not take any chances

Aug 10, 2008 | Maytag Dryers

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