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My dryer does not not produce enough heat when in operation. It seems like it is just running and generating very low heat. Please help.

My dryer does not not produce enough heat when in operation. It seems like it is just running and generating very low heat. Please help.

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  • j_albers May 11, 2010

    is it electric or gas?

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Really sounds like an element is burnt out or a safety has malfuctioned. Possible loss of power so check plug, recept., and breaker. Look for burnt terminals and reset breaker even if it does not look tripped. Dryer usually have 2 elements. One for low heat and both for hi heat. May want to check this out. Please keep in mind that some repairs can cost more than buying a new dryer. I got one at Lowes for about $200 and it works great. I don't think you can get a repair guy out and to the repairs for that amount. Just depends on how many whistles, buzzers, and bells you want on your machine.

Good Luck.

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