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Kenmore 80 series dryer

My clothes are taking 2 to 3 times longer than normal to dry and my power bills are too high...could there be an element out? It is getting good ventilation, so I'm at a loss as to what it could be.

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  • Army Girl Jan 08, 2008

    I have a kenmore 80 series dryer, when I push the stat button it makes the buzzing sound...but doesn't turn on?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2008

    the dryer needs to run for longer periods of time to get the clothes dry!

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Unit run fine, but on heat

Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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The heat thermostat are not functioning well/need to replace parts.

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It is taking far too long to dry, this has only recently started? what could be the problem?


Does it get hot? If it does, then the problem is reduced air flow, caused by a lint filter that hasn't been cleaned, masses of fluff in the exhaust pipe (usually on bends), or the external vent not opening properly. Birds can also nest in the vent pipe if the vent isn't protected or is broken.

If it doesn't get hot, you need a new element. Some dryers have two elements if the dryer has a high and low setting. just one element can fail.

Jan 20, 2016 | Zanussi TC7102W Electric Dryer

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I have a kenmore dryer 80 series it only makes a lite sound when I push the start button. I won't come on. The power is good.


The Kenmore 80 Series of dryers are consumer grade dryers for home use. As with most home appliances, the Kenmore 80 series dryers will occasionally not work as intended. If a problem occurs with your dryer, however, you do not necessarily need it serviced by a technician. You can attempt to troubleshoot and fix any problems with your dryer before contacting a technician.

  1. Kenmore 80 Series dryers may not run for several reasons. First, make sure that the power cord is plugged into a working power outlet. You may need to plug a different device into the outlet to check that it is receiving power. If the second device does not run on the power outlet, you may have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. Check your fuse box or circuit breaker box and make the change as needed.
    Next, make sure that the dryer door is fully shut. The dryer will not run with the door ajar.
    Finally, check that the "Start" button was fully pressed and that a cycle was chosen on the machine. If you do not choose a cycle for the dryer, it will not run.
  2. If your Kenmore 80 Series dryer does not heat up during use, check that a heat cycle has been chosen for the load. There are several different dryer cycles you can choose, some of which do not use heat. Make sure that you have chosen a heated cycle.
    As above, check that you have not blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. The dryer may use more than one fuse or breaker: one is used to power the drum, and the other for the heating element. Make sure that both fuses or breakers are in working order.
  3. There may be times when Kenmore Series 80 dryers do not fully dry your clothes. When this occurs, check the lint screen and clear out any lint. The air may not flow as well if the lint screen is clogged.
    Next, check to see if the exhaust vent is clogged. Lint and other particles may clog the exhaust vent over time, restricting air flow and making it more difficult to dry your clothes. To check the vent, run the dryer and hold your hand under the vent. If you do not feel any air flow, clean or replace the vent.
    If you used cold water to rinse the clothes it may take longer than normal to dry. The same is true if the load of laundry is very wet or is filled with items that are very absorbent.
    Finally, check the load size. The more clothes in the load the longer it will take to dry. If you want to reduce drying time, separate the clothes into piles of light and heavy items and dry them separately.
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Dec 22, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dry take hours to dry


need to check hi limit thermostat on element make sure it is not cycling to soon

Apr 13, 2010 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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OUR CLOTHES ARE NOT DRYING TOTALLY ON SETTINGS WE


From the sound of things I would say that your heating element needs replacing, they dont last for ever, its worth while getting a repair man to replace it. your dryer should then work normally. I hope this helps.

Nov 05, 2009 | Cars & Trucks

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My dryer does not get hot enough to dry the clothes.It takes about 80 minutes to dry on high heat.


If this is an electric dryer, it would appear that you have a broken dryer element, which would account for the extended drying time.

You can access the elements from the back of the dryer by removing the rear panel. Be sure to unplug the dryer first, to avoid getting an electric shock. You will need a multi-meter to check the continuity of the two (2) dryer elements. Just put the meter into the Ohms setting and check across the two element contact points to see if you have continuity. If you find that one of them isn't giving you a zero "0" reading, that is the bad one.

Go to searsdirectparts.com to enter in your full model number and you can see the exploded line drawing for your dryer and the parts list and prices for the replacement part.

The reason the dryer is taking longer to dry, is because without both elements, the dryer cannot get hot enough to dry the clothes within the normal time, as only one element is having to provide all the heat in an attempt to dry the clothes.

You should replace the element as soon as possible, as having only one heating element working will cause that remaining element to fail sooner as well, since it will be staying one for a much longer time than normal.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Aug 26, 2009 | Dryers

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Takes too long to dry


Check the following ares carefully to combat this issue.

Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.



Jun 18, 2009 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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Dryer won't heat up to dry the clothes the heating element works


Check the following to address this issue--


Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.

Jun 03, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Wont dry very fast


Nope change the control thermostat mounted beside the skinny white fuse on the blower housing.

Jan 30, 2009 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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Kenmore 80 series dryer...takes twice as long as it should to dry


no about all the time this kind of problem is caused by some kind of vent restriction start by looking over th back of the drier with a flash light and see if the vent is mashed folded over on its self or too long you only need enough to hook to the connector to the floor then go to the out side with the drier running and check to see if the drier hood attached to the house is opening i some have a plastic screen attached to the hood to keep critters out make sure that's clear rule is must have a 4" opening from drier to out side hood cant hang down under house and come back up as dryer will fill it with water over a peorid of time now easy way to verify vent restiction is to disconect vent run 1 load and see if it dries in proper time about 60 min

Dec 31, 2007 | Kenmore 659 Electric Dryer

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