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My kenmore 500series dryer does not dry like it is suppose too, could it be the heating element is going bad.? how do I know

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Its not heating element they just go bad. most times it is a vent problem if you have poor drying not the dryer. you can unhook dryer vent and run a load though it a see how it works to make sure vent is the problem just make sure you have a window or door open

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