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Getting heat but not drying clothes in the dryer. no blockages in the exhaust and the lint trap is clean.

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I also have written in with the same problem as you. I haven't received any input at this time. I have a Whirlpool and I do not know the model #. However there is a toll free number inside my dryer that I am going to call. I think it is possible that there maybe a moisture sensor that could be going out in our dryers. I thought that it could be the thermostat as well. Even though it is heating up, maybe it is not producing enough heat to pull the moisture out. Good luck to you and I will watch this site to see if we get a semi intelligent response:) kraemer_k@yahoo.com

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