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Cleaned vents, dryer gets very hot, shuts off w/o drying clothes

I have a Kenmore electric dryer model 11060902990, I've cleaned the vent and hose, outside vent also but dryer will run for about 5 min, get really hot, shut off.

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Sounds like a faulty operating thermostat. Only way is to test on a electric griddle that you can set the temperature to 150 deg and measure with a ohm meter.

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