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Dryer not heating up

Will clogged ventilation shoot be the problem

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Yes clogged or pinched vent tube will cause overheating thermal protection switch to open turning heating element off. Sometimes the switch will reset its self. others can be reset & still ohters will to be replaced.

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Can you temperarly run dryer with out thermo fuse?


The thermal fuse, if blown, usually blows for a reason. In most cases this is attributed to a dryer that does not have sufficient ventilation and has become clogged either internally or somewhere within the ventilation ducting. I would strongly recommend that before you attempt to by-pass a safety device,that you try to resolve the problem that may have caused the thermal fuse to blow in the first place. Failure to do so, can result in a more significant failure of the dryer and/or become a potential fire hazard. If you need some advice on how to trouble shoot an ELECTRIC dryer, the following links can give you some guidance on some of the most common problems:


http://www.fixya.com/support/r3576548-dryer_runs_but_does_not_heat

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574266-thorough_dryer_advice


http://www.fixya.com/support/r3578821-dryer_takes_too_long_to_dry


In severe cases of dryer vent clogging, you may experience condensation inside the drum and/or vent exhaust. The dryer exhausts warm, moist air. If the heat and moisture have no where to go, it will condensate inside the drum and exhaust vent. Before assuming you have a problem with the appliance, check your installation to ensure you are providing the dryer with proper exhaust and air flow. This is the NUMBER ONE cause of poor drying efficiency. A dryer that is clogged, or has restricted air flow, will not dry efficiently and will cause the heating circuits to OVERHEAT. This eventually will lead to component failures and is the source of many fire hazards. There are no adjustments that can be made to any of the internal thermostats or heating element to make it run at a higher temperature. All these components have a fixed setting. If the dryer still produces heat, this usually a good sign the heating element is working. If the dryer is clogged, however, the internal protection devices, such as the Hi-Limit Thermostat and Internal Bias Thermostat will shut the heating element off prematurely to prevent the dryer from overheating, and to prevent damage to the heating element. Eventually, the Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) or Thermal Fuse will trip and the dryer will not run.or produce heat.



NOTE: If you have already determined the exhaust ventilation is clear from the point where it leaves the back of the dryer to the point where it exits your home, you need to check the vent hose run to ensure there are no excessive bends or kinks that can be causing choke points that restrict air flow. If the vent line checks ok, then you need to inspect your blower fan housing inside the dryer to ensure it is not clogged. If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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My 80 Serie Kennmore dryer will not dry my


Hi there,

A simple test you can try is to remove the exhaust vent hose from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry a load as you normally would. With the hose removed and the dryer running, the air leaving the exhaust of the dryer should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees). If the air flow is weak or non-existent, you have a clog INTERNAL to the dryer. You will have to inspect the air blower fan housing and ducting inside the dryer to ensure the blower fan is not obstructed in any way. If the air flow is normal and the clothes dry like they should, you have a clog somewhere in the DUCTING from the point where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. You will need to inspect the exhaust ventilation for any clogs or kinks.

If you can see the heating element glowing, you probably don't have a problem with the heating circuitry. If you haven't checked the dryer ventilation recently, now might be a good time to do so. Leaving a dryer in a clogged, or poorly ventilated condition can cause the dryer heating circuits to over heat to the point of failure. In addition, this can also create a fire hazard.

Good Luck!!
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Our Kenmore 80 series gas dryer won't dry clothes. The barrel turns, and the heating element appears to be working, but when the buzzer sounds on the auto dry, the clothes are still very wet. Have...


Have you checked the entire run of the exhaust vent ducting? Cleaning the lint trap is not nearly enough to keep a dryer running efficiently.

A simple test you can try is to remove the exhaust vent hose from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry a load as you normally would. With the hose removed and the dryer running, the air leaving the exhaust of the dryer should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees). If the air flow is weak or non-existent, you have a clog INTERNAL to the dryer. You will have to inspect the air blower fan housing and ducting inside the dryer to ensure the blower fan is not obstructed in any way. If the air flow is normal and the clothes dry like they should, you have a clog somewhere in the DUCTING from the point where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. You will need to inspect the exhaust ventilation for any clogs or kinks.

If you can see the heating element glowing, you probably don't have a problem with the heating circuitry. If you haven't checked the dryer ventilation recently, now might be a good time to do so. Leaving a dryer in a clogged, or poorly ventilated condition can cause the dryer heating circuits to over heat to the point of failure. In addition, this can also create a fire hazard.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Electric whirlpool dryer turns & heats but does not dry


The following link explains how to troubleshoot a dryer no heat problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Pay particular attention to the section that discusses proper dryer ventilation. The fact that you don't see any lint collection in the lint trap could be a symptom of a dryer that is clogged, or an exhaust vent clog. An easy way of determing whether or not the problem is with the dryer, or the ventilation, is to remove the exhaust vent line from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry a load as normal. The air flow coming from the back of the dryer should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees). If this is the case, the problem is NOT the dryer and may be attributed to something in the ventilation ducting from where it leaves your dryer to where it exits your home. An inspection of the vent ducting should be done to confirm it is clear and free of clogs or kinks.

If the air flow is weak, then you have a clog INSIDE your dryer. An inspection of the dryer blower fan housing should be done to ensure the fan is turning unobstructed and there are no clogs. If the air is cool, you probably have a failed component in the heating circuits.

Read through the link I provided and let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps you.

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Hi gentleman, I have a question.My dryer is not getting hot enogh, evnthou it is in maximun heat setting


Most dryers dry a large load of laundry in about 45 minutes. If the load takes significantly more time than that, you may have a clogged vent tubing system.

May 12, 2009 | Dryers

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Heating problem


Most dryer heat related problems are attributed to poor ventilation. An easy way to determine if you have a clog somewhere in the ventilation is to remove the vent hose form the back of the dryer and attempt to dry a load. The air flow leaving the dryer, should be forceful and warm (about 140 degrees F).

If the airflow is warm and the dryer performs as it should, you may have a clog in your ventilation from the point where it leaves the dryer, to where it exits it your home. In particular, if you have a vent line that runs through an attic or crawl space. These configurations are known for creating choke points for lint to accumulate.

If the airflow is weak and/or cold, you may have a clog INSIDE the dryer blower fan housing or a failed internal component. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

It is normal for the heating element to cycle on and off. The dryer has an internal bias (operating) thermostat that maintains the internal drum temperature based on your temperature setting. The heating element is not supposed to stay on continuously. Before assuming we have a failed component, doublecheck your ventilation for kinks or clogs and let me know.

If you have questions, or require further assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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My whirpool dryer does not dry. Drum works fine. No hot air


The following link will give you some helpful advice on a dryer no heat problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses proper ventilation. Clogged, or poor, ventilation is the number one cause of dryer heating circuit failures. Inspect the ventilation and internal blower fan housing BEFORE replacing any defective components. Failure to do so may result in premature failure of the same components.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance, please let me know.

Nov 29, 2008 | Whirlpool Dryers

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Kenmore dryer is not drying


The following link will give you some advice on dryer heat problems:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses dryer ventilation. Most dryer heat related problems are caused by poor air flow due to clogged ventilation. Follow the advice given to isolate whether you may have a ventilation problem internal or external to your dryer first. You may not have anything wrong but some lint accumulation. If left in a clogged condition, the dryer heating circuits will eventually overheat to failure.

If you verify everything and still have long dry times, make sure you are separating items correctly. I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, but some people simply do not know. For example: dry towels and jeans separately from other articles of clothing because they take longer. And. overloading a dryer will make it dry less efficient.

I hope you find this information helpful. Please let me know if you still require assistance.

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No heat


The following link will give you advice on what to do for a Kenmore dryer that runs, but doesn't heat:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

I get a sense that you may have had clogged ventilation and have cleared it. Clearing the ventilation does not mean just cleaning the lint trap, however. I mention this because many consumers do not know this. The ventilation external to the dryer is what commonly gets neglected. If the dryer was clogged for an extensive period, the heating circuits may have actually over-heated to the point of failure. More than likely you have a blown Thermal Cut-Out (TCO). The TCO acts as a fuse and will blow in over heat conditions. This device in not resettable and must be replaced if bad. The link I provided goes into more detail about possible failed components and how to troubleshoot them. Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses proper ventilation as this will prevent future problems for you.

I hope you find this information helpful. Please post back if you require any additional assistance.

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Drum turns but no heat


The following link explains a dryer "no heat" problem:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

In many cases a no heat problem is caused by poor ventilation which results in the dryer overheating to the point of failure. The common fail item is the thermal cut-out (TCO). Once it trips, it blows like a fuse and must be replaced. If you determine the TCO to be bad, it is recommended that you replace the TCO and Hi-limit thermostat at the same time (usually sold as a set).

Now if you have not cleaned your ventilation in a while (or ever at all) it is strongly recommended that you do. Replacing any failed components in a dryer with poor ventilation will eventually lead to the same problem. If you have any questions, or require addtional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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