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I have to dry the same load two or three times, not enough heat.

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Couple of things can cause this. Let's do the easiest first:

Restricted Air Flow- Unplug the dryer, and disconnect the duct from the back of the dryer to where it goes outside. Take the hose outside, and clean it out. Inspect the rear cavity of the dryer and the louvered vent where it exits the house. Clean both of these too. Pull out the lint screen. Remove any debris below it. If you found a lot of debris in the duct or elsewhere, this was probably the problem.....Reassemble....
BUT, if not,
(The harder of the two)----Broken Heating Elements- Elements are nichrome wire coils, same as the stuff in your toaster, but on a grander scale. They can wear out over a period of time. There are two ways to check them. The first way is to gain access to the terminals in the back, and test each coil for continuity. If it tests open, the afflicted coil needs to be replaced. The second way is to gain access to the coils and visually inspect them. Any damaged coil should be replaced. Coils are readily available from any appliance parts supply house, and are pretty inexpensive.
Hope that this helped. Best Regards, --W/D-- please feel free to rate this solution. thanx!

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