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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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Laptop getting hot

First clean the fan, vents, heatsink with Compressed Air. You may have to open the Laptop to clean thoroughly using a light brush and Compressed Air. Take care and use ESD protection. Improve air flow from the bottom of the Laptop through and out the side vents. Take care not to block the fan intakes, Use a Laptop Cooler if necessary.

Jun 01, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Whirlpool/Honeywell hot water heater light flashes 5 then 7 times and won't light. Burner is clean and all contacts are good. Out of warranted.

Copy following link to troubleshoot by type of gas control valve, including directions for cleaning air intake screen, and or replacing gas control valve:

7 flashes: Gas control valve might be bad.
4 flashes: FV overheat, clean air intake.
Soot indicates clogged air intake slowed combustion venting possibly causing overheating and lockout. Clean air intake screen located on bottom of unit.

Apr 17, 2013 | Water Heaters

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I have a model 6G40PVW-40F water heater and we have no hot water... the thermostat light on warm/vacation is on and so are 2 other lights...If I diconnect it and re-connect it then it will start..the gas...

Most gas water heater problems today can be solved with yearly maintenance that includes cleaning burner parts, clean air intake, check venting, check electrical connections, bleed gas line, and check gas pressure.
Gas water heater manuals recommend yearly maintenance by service technician.

In past years, gas water heaters required less maintenance, but they were less energy efficient and more dangerous to operate.

Sounds like you have Intellivent gas control valve thermostat.
Open following link to identify gas valve and see error codes:

Error light on vacation + 2 other lights = 3 possible conditions:
1) Wiring error: check outlet with circuit analyzer:
2) Pressure switch tubing not connected, air intake obstructed (clean intake), or vent exhaust obstructed (check for proper venting).
3) System in lockout: Low gas pressure, hot surface igniter not positioned correctly.

You can do some of this yourself.

Jun 30, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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I have a Haier Commercial Cool air conditioner, model CPRD12XC7, 12,000 BTU that has 2 hoses off the back and is made to be vented thru a window. I want to install it in a closet with no windows. Can I...

Mark, the two hoses serve different functions (Fresh Air Intake & Hot Air Exhaust). Therefore, they would have to remain separate. Also, Haier does not recommend extending the length of the hoses, to accommodate a specific change in installation. And yes, they can be vented through a wall to the outside. But, you would need to use something similar to a clothes dryer vent termination on the outside. Most exterior dryer vent terminations have insect screening and a flap door that opens when air from the dryer pushes it open. This would be fine for the exhaust hose, but not the Air Intake Hose. I guess if you could carefully remove the flap door. it could be used on the Air Intake hose. Also, keep in mind that the unit requires a minimum of one foot air space clearance off the back of the unit, for proper air circulation around the unit. If clothes will be hanging in this closet, that may present an air circulation issue.

Hope this helped you, please let me know. Thanks.

May 26, 2011 | Haier Heating & Cooling

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I have a kenmore HE2 dryer and matching washer. It is 3 years old. It works and eventually clothes do dry. It does heat up. But it doesn't heat up as hot as it used to and it takes twice as long to dry...

Make sure you check your exhaust line and where the air blows to the outside. If your exhaust vent or hose is bent or restricted it will take a very long time to dry the clothes. Sometimes the vent flap on the outside exhaust is stuck shut. Clear dryer exhaust venting is critical for proper operation. Several companies offer a vent cleaning service where they completely clean out the exhaust lines.

Feb 02, 2010 | Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer

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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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My dell latitude d530 gets really hot after some time using it, and sometimes, the fan stops working

sounds like the fan may be failing. Things you can do:
  1. Clean the intake and exhaust vents with canned compressed air
  2. Replace the cooling fan
  3. Replace the heatsink and/or use heat transfer compound like Arctic Silver and ensure heatsink is not clogged with debris

Dec 30, 2009 | Dell Latitude D530 PC Notebook

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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 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.

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