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Dryer does not dry

Cycle and controls appear to work normally, except at the end load is still not dry.

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  • Hui Jae Sep 18, 2007

    dear barnsleymick: thanks for your input; I omitted one detail that may change your response. Clothes warm up significantly, they're just very damp after a cycle that previously left them crisp dry. thank you.

  • carlazwick Jan 22, 2008

    gas goes on every 90 seconds than it stays on for about 10-12 seconds.. is this normal?? clothes take 2-3 cycles to dry...

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2008

    i have a McClary dryer. the dryer works but will not produce hot air. i realize that it could be an element or thermostat problem, but the dryer is at least 30 yrs old...where could i find parts that match or can i even???

    also i have a dryer that is about 10 yrs old it won't even produce power, i turn it on and nothing. this dryer is a GE encore. what is my best option?
    p.s how do you open it...there is only a little plate that will come off. just enough room to take motor out at very bottom.

    thanks Bryan

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  • Miles Pace
    Miles Pace Jun 14, 2008

    i know its the heater element

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    clothes dont completly dry keep getting E1 code

  • Anonymous Aug 03, 2008

    My dryer stops with an E1 code

  • erknlee Aug 03, 2008

    cycle and controls work normally, no heat to dry clothes. Really haven't taken any steps yet to solve the problem.

  • welcome22 Oct 02, 2008

    clothe dryer does not get hot

  • lezlienelson Dec 14, 2008

    Did you ever get a response ? I am having the same problem and it is VERY frustrating!!!

  • drvanwagoner Jan 24, 2009

    I have the same problem as Guest. Dryer gives an E1 code, heats up but turns itself off while clothes are still damp.

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    We have the same Kenmore Elite HE4 and it takes 90 minutes to dry a regular load of clothes. I wanted to rule out the vent as the problem so I used an indoor lint vent to troubleshoot. It did not solve the problem.



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The suggestion from barnsleymick gave us some good direction in fixing our Kenmore SmartHeat Quiet Pak 9 HE 4. We discovered our vent pipe was clogged with a great deal of lent and a quart or two of water. We cleared the vent of the lent and water and the dryer is now working like a champ! Thanks for the direction.

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No heat from the dryer at all. McClary dryer. Is there a seperate heat element that needs replacing ar is it a thermostat replacement issue?

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I am a retired appliance engineer of 20 years this sounds like heater problem check element for open circuit, also there are thermal cut outs to be checked, if these are open circuit the heater will not work, take note of wires etc before removing them, work with safety unplug before testing etc hope i have helped, if so please rate me

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  • mick d Sep 19, 2007

    thank you for the reply, i can only give information back based on information given, normally an engineer such as i was would have ruled that out in a second, working blind can be easy with the right info etc,

    the next thing to try is the ventilation, is the air blowing all the way out at a good force, check any vents, vent pipes, grills, grates, filters & holes, etc for blockages or kinks etc, the drying of clothes is the same in a machine as outside, a sunny hot day with no wind will dry clothes slower than a dry clear windy day,

    it sounds like you are almost there, keep checking, and sorry if i didn't help first time,


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