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Is it possible that the automatic sensor can fail on a dryer.

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  • llhess Feb 17, 2009

    The dryer model number is 110.66982500, it is a kenmore elite dryer and it's not very old. It appears the clothes are still damp when I use the auto moisture sensor, but drying by the time setting seems to dry the clothes.

  • llhess Feb 18, 2009

    It appears the clothese are damper than they used to be and I put them in on the more dry cycle. I have cleaned the vent and drum.

  • llhess Feb 19, 2009

    My machine doesn't show minutes on the auto dry feature. It just has the option for more dry to less dry. It appears to be giving off alot of heat in the beginning, it just appears to not dry everyting. I put a load of towels in and one towel still felt damp after the cycle was complete, granted it was the heaviest towel, but I have had sheets come out damp as well.

  • Jim London
    Jim London May 11, 2010

    Hi, Ok Last question, If you are putting the machine on more dry and it shows like 6 minutes, are you coming back 10 minutes later and it still shows 5 or 6 minutes left?

  • Jim London
    Jim London May 11, 2010

    Hi, Is it working at all when on the auto moisture setting? This setting will not dry completely, it is supposed to dry to 80% to allow you to chose if you want to iron, air dry, or wrinkle guard. Is it working different than before or are you noticing because of a larger item or a thicker item? Have you cleaned the drum and lint filter or have you noticed moisture or condensation? The reason for all of the questions is the sensor is pretty reliable but there are a lot of factors that will make it seem like this setting is not doing the job, especially if it "partially" works.



  • Jim London
    Jim London May 11, 2010

    Hi, what automatic sensor are you referring to? You need to be specific in describing what the problem is. Is it failing to dry? Also give us a make and model to help us determine what automatic features you have.

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Hi, Sounds like everything mechanical and electrical is working. The sensors are located on the outbound air ducts. You may be able to improve things significantly by removing the dryer vent where it attaches to the rear (or side) of the machine, and cleaning the tube going into the machine. While you have it removed from the vent, remove the lint trap, use your vacuum crevice tool and clean the trap area. If you have the ability to blow air through the trap area, blow it through the crevice tool so that you are as far beyond the screen area as possible. Be warned that it may blow dust and lint from the vent, covering it with a piece of nylon stocking will catch most of it. The object of this whole exercise is, the exhaust air ducts collect dust and lint which collect moisture from the damp items, the sensor reacts to this so cleaning out as much of it as you can will help. Good Luck to You!

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Yes, it is not common but it can. i'd check my vent line for a blockage first

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