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Dryer run but dosen't heat strong cool air flow from rear of machine

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Heating element needs to be replaced, its just blowing cold air and probably the vent hose is loose

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Warm but not heating up kenmore 970C87192

excellent air flow and too extensive time to clean out lint trap and all other lint stuck in the machine behind the back panel. is there a way to look at the heating element and go yep its broken? haha like burned or snapped or could it appear perfectly fine and in fact be broken?

May 16, 2012 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dryer will stop heating after ten minutes...

This caused by one of two possible things. Either you have poor air flow, or a clogged vent preventing air from flowing freely and therefor making the dryer short cycle, which in turn will take you two or three times to dry yor clothes, or the heating element has gone bad, burnt in half and is making contact with the case to provide it just enough power to barely heat. The second thing is a very rare occurance. I would turn the dryer on, find out where the air vents out to, and with the dryer running, go to where it vents and check to see if there is a strong flow of air. 9 times out of 10 that is going to be your problem. Another way to check air flow is to just pull the vent off the back and let the dryer run and see if your clothes dry faster. If you do it that way and they still take a long time to dry, then you'll probably need to replace the heating element

Apr 28, 2012 | Dryers

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The dryer is not fully drying clothes

Here are a few basic trouble shooting things to try to get you started. Is this a gas or electric dryer? I will assume electric. Check to make sure the heating element is heating up. You can do this by taking off the vent hose on back, putting the dryer on a hot dry cycle and feel the air coming out. You should have a very strong flow and after just a few minutes you should have hot air. If the air flow is weak, you need to clean the vent and lint tray with a flexible brush to clear any lint and debris from the air path. If the dryer is not blowing hot air it could be a thermostat, the heating element itself or even a bad circut breaker only allowing half of the 220 volt electric to work.

If you have a strong air flow, and hot air the next step is to hook the dryer up to the vent again, go outside and find where the dryer vent exits the home. At the vent exit if you have flaps covering the exit they should blow out fully when the dryer is running, and if there is no vent cover the air flow should be just as strang as it was at the back of the unit. If it is a weak flow you will need to clean or replace the vent from the dryer to outside the home. The most common cause of slow dry or incomplete drying is restricted air flow or the heater not working. Please let me know if any of this helped or fixed the problem. If not we can look into more possible solutions.

Mar 08, 2011 | Maytag Neptune MAH5500B Front Load Washer

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Dryer takes over two hours to dry. The blower spins and the heating element comes on, but gets the vent in the back where the heat entes the dryer so hot it burns little circles in our clothes.

Check for air flow issues. Remove hose at the back of the machine and run it. Form an opinion about AIR VOLUME. Hook hose back up, turn machine on, and go outside and check the air volume. My bet is you have an air restriction. You need really good air flow for the system to work correctly. The large quanitiy of air flow cools the pieces, stop or restrict the air flow and everything overheats.

Jan 16, 2011 | Dryers

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My dryer just doesn't seem dry as fast as it used to I just put in a new heating element do you have any suggestions?

The thermostat could be turning the heater off too soon OR the air flow could be restricted inside/outside the machine.

Disconnect the vent tube from the back of the machine to check the air flow. It should blow quite strong. Lint buildup inside the machine can restrict the air flow significantly. Make sure the vent tube and duct to the outside is clear.

Also, check the heat temperature. It should heat up to 130-140 degrees F, cool down to 100-120 degrees F, then repeat.

Apr 06, 2010 | Whirlpool Dryers

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The dryer in this model is not heating as it used it. It is taking 2 hours to heat a medium load of laundry. What are some things I can check or what part could it be that I need to replace? Thanks!

when the dryer is running go to the outside of the house and check the air flow and see how strong it is if it appears to be weak there is restricted air flow somewhere.

Mar 21, 2010 | Frigidaire FEX831CS Top Load Stacked...

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Taking to long to dry clothes there is heat so not heating eleoment

most common problem is restricted air flow while the dryer is running go outside and see how strong the air flow is. there should be alot of air coming out pretty strong

Feb 08, 2010 | Dryers

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Strong odor coming from dryer

Usually when there is a strong heat (burn) smell from the heat element, it is telling you that there is poor air flow. This has nothing to do with the model. It is a blocked or restricted vent line, or an internal blower wheel malfunction or a lint blockage further in the machine that is restricting the air flow. WHEN AIR MOVES CORRECTLY, THE ELEMENT HEATS NORMALLY AND DOES NOT GIVE ANY OVERHEAT ODER.

Oct 11, 2009 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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Dryer run but wont get hot


If your dryer not get hot check this

  • Check for proper air flow

If the flow of the air in your clothes dryer is impeded, the clothes will dry slowly or not at all. Also, a blockage in the vent system can be a fire hazard.

Check the vent for proper air flow by placing your hand over the exterior vent while the dryer is running. You should feel a strong flow of air. If you feel no air or the flow is weak, follow the steps below.
  • Test the safety fuse
  • Test the thermostats
The dryer uses multiple thermostats to regulate the temperature. When the temperature is higher than the preset limit of a particular thermostat, the thermostat breaks the circuit and the heater goes off. When the temperature cools enough, the thermostat closes the circuit again and the heat can come on.
  • Test the centrifugal switch
  • Test the timer motor
  • Test the heating element
Good luck !!!


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