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Dryer won't dry

I have a gas Kenmore Series 90 gas dryer (model 110.78972892). I have vacuumed out the entire exhaust ducting, and to troubleshoot, allowed the dryer to vent directly into my garage (eliminating clogged flex ducting as a possibility). Flame for dryer goes on, maybe for 5 or so minutes max. Clothes still take a long time to dry. Could it be either of the thermostats? How about the thermistor?

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  • jcampy44 Dec 19, 2008

    I have an old 110 series kenmore gas dryer, i've cleaned out all the vents and replaced the heat surface ignitor, but no glow. I don't hear the gas valve click on. The motor runs. What else can I check for?

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  1. thermostate 2 the gas valve cylanoids the 2 black things on top gas valve can be bad will heat then stop heating 4 awhile thay drop out dont open valve watch your valve listen 4 it if comes on run heat goes off dont come back on 4 awhile 3 5 min bad valve cylonoids

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Keep getting warning "check exhaust" on a new gas dryer. All exhaust is clear. What's going on?


The CHECK VENT duct blockage sensing system detects and alerts you to blockages in the duct work that reduce exhaust flow from the dryer. This light does not indicate any problems with your dryer. If this light blinks, it indicates that your home's exhaust system/duct work has a serious restriction

Every time the dryer is turned on, the CHECK FILTER LIGHT WILL BLINK, as a reminder to make sure the filter is clean. Always make sure the lint filter is clean before starting a new load; a clogged lint filter will increase drying times.

The Kenmore Elite dryer has a sensor that detects poor exhaust venting, and when it does, a light flashes on the control panel. This warning light does not include a mechanism to stop gas flow, but if it is allowed to flash for an extended period, poor venting may cause the dryer to overheat. As a result, a fuse might blow and disable the gas valve or ignitor. You can prevent this by diagnosing the reason for the flashing indicator light as soon as possible.

In many cases, LINT has built up somewhere in the exhaust pipes.

Check under the lint filter. Pull it out,look inside the slot it fits in, and clear all lint from this area.

Is it possible you have used the WRONG VENT MATERIAL?
Check your vent to make sure it is 4 inch rigid or semi-rigid metal ducting. If your venting is plastic or flexible foil, replace it before using the dryer.

Check your vent hood outside. You may have a restricted or damaged vent hood. It must be clean and free of lint buildup. Check the damper and make sure it opens fully and easily and is free of lint.

I know you said you have no elbows, but I have posted the pipe run lengths with and without elbows. Keep in mind this is with 4 inch rigid or semi rigid metal ducting.

Measure the length of your exhaust system and count the elbows. Use the chart below to see if your duct is too long. If it is too long, have the duct routed to another location that is within the venting guidelines.

0~90 degree elbows=65 ft of 4 inch rigid metal duct.
1~90 degree elbow=55 ft of 4 inch rigid metal duct.
2~90 degree elbows=47 ft """"""""
3~90 degree elbows=36 ft """"""""
4~90 degree elbows=28 ft """"""""

You should always use duct tape or metal tape on all joints, NEVER USE SCREWS, as screws capture lint inside the pipe.

One more note. Lots of people overlook the fact that fabric softeners can build up on the lint filter over time. This buildup can restrict the airflow through the filter reducing dryer efficiency and lengthening drying times. After removing lint, if the filter looks dark or dirty when held up to the light, follow these steps to clean:

Use hot soapy water and a stiff brush to clean
the filter.
Make sure the filter is completely dry before
reinstalling it and using the dryer.
NEVER operate the dryer with a wet lint filter.

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Where to find fuses. My dryer is not heating up.


Does your dryer have power? If yes, then check (1) the flow of air outside the house from your dryer tube and (2) your circuit breaker panel for each circuit in the house (I've not seen fuses/breakers built into dryers -- though that could change). Then check (3) your heating element, (4) thermostat, (5) high-temp thermal cutoff switch, and (6) for debris in the air flow path to / from from the centrifugal fan.
Here are 3 resources that helped me with my Kenmore Series 90 Dryer:
No Heat? - http://chris-doityourselfrepair.blogspot.com/2011/10/kenmore-90-series-model-110-clothes.html
Looking Inside My Dryer - http://chris-doityourselfrepair.blogspot.com/search/label/Disassembling%20Kenmore%20Dryer%2090%20Series
Exterior Exhaust Duct - http://chris-doityourselfrepair.blogspot.com/2013/08/cleaning-out-and-replacing-exhaust-duct.html

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My Kenmore Elite Dryer seems to be dryer a lot slower than it used to... it gets warm, spins and all, but the clothes seem as though are damp


  • Most of the time a dryer will work much less efficiently when the exhaust ducts and vent are full of lint. You should periodically dismantle the ducts enough to get a vacuum into every section of pipe, especially the elbows and outside vent Don't forget the dryer itself; vacuum the outlet thoroughly.
  • Be sure to duct tape (the REAL use for duct tape!) to seal the joints. Be sure to turn off the gas and unplug it before you begin, and be careful with the gas line if it is a gas dryer.
  • You will find it runs for less time, and dries better when you are through.

Sep 20, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dryer heats, but not nearly as well. Kenmore 70 series, 4 years old. I cleaned the vent hose to the outside, but is still not as hot.


If your dryer is STILL heating, but your clothes still won't dry, you may want to check the dryer interior cabinet and the ENTIRE run of the exhaust ducting from where it exits your dryer to the point where it leaves your home to ensure you have no kinks or clogs. If you've only cleaned the exhaust vent and have not checked the ducting thoroughly, you may want to doublecheck. The following link explains many of the common problems that can cause poor drying efficiency and longer dry times:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3578821-dryer_takes_too_long_to_dry

Before assuming you have a problem with the appliance, check your installation to ensure you are providing the dryer with proper exhaust and air flow. A dryer in a clogged state or having improper air flow will not dry efficiently and will cause the heating circuits to overheat. Eventually, this can lead to component failures and is the source of many fire hazards. If you have any questions, please post back with a complete MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Aug 13, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Need help with gas dryer Kenmore 90 series serial


Check the lint caught in the exhaust vents. If it is clear replace the spark ignitor if no click is hear upon starting up

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Have Kenmore 90 series elec. dryer...will start, but then cuts off and doesn't dry clothes. Trying to clean the lint out of it. We've taken all the screws out of the back, but can't get the back off!...


Hi-I just cleaned out mine. You take off the clamp that holds the exhaust duct from the bottom of the back of the dryer and you will be able to vacuum it out. Then you can remove the kickplate on the front of the dryer by lifting it hard and pull the top of it out. Then you can remove the lint trap holder once inside by unscrewing it, remove it and clean it out(take out the lint filter first). I vacuumed out the inside of the exposed bottom gently cause it was so full lint! Hope this helps!

Jan 23, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Kenmore series 90 electric dryer: exhaust air is


that's normal,obviously you haven't cleaned out your dryer and vent line,nobody ever tells the customer when you buy your dryer that it should be cleaned out at least once a year so you don't have a fire more so if it's a gas dryer with an open flame inside the dryer,you gotta vac out the inside where the motor is,clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and blow out the vent line,i use a leaf blower to clean out the vent line,take it off the back of the dryer,stick the leaf blower in the line if it's a long run if it runs through the wall and to the outside flapper and blow all the **** out of it,also if you have a shop vac put it on blow and blow off the motor,you won't believe how much lint comes off the motor even though it looks clean,so vac out the inside of dryer,clean out the lint filter duct and blow out the vent line

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how well did you clean that duct, the duct is problem 90% of the time when the dryer does everything else, pretty much if the dryer heats and tumbles its doing its job

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Kenmore 90 Series Dryer will not DRY


first check the vent outside to see if it is blowing air out strong, then check for heat.

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High Heat but does not dry


Check the exhaust tube that goes out the back of the dryer. It may be clogged with lint. Ours did this about a month ago and and a thurough cleaning did wonders. I bought a kit from Lowe's with all kinds of attachments. It was really easy.

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