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Re: Auto dry not working
If there is a dryness sensor, it will be just inside the door, on the bottom right. You can clean the sensor by rubbing the metal bars with a scrubbing pad. This will remove any wax buildup from fabric softeners.
Possible reasons your clothes may still come out wet:
1. The dryer isn't tumbling the clothes.
2. The dryer isn't heating.
3. The airflow is restricted.
From your description, the third seems most likely. If your machine is the one pictured above, inside the dryer door is a plastic grate over the lint screen. Remove the lint screen. Remove the two screws on this grate (Phillips.) Use a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool to get out as much lint as possible. Be careful to not shove any lint or debris further down into the blower wheel.
Lint can also clog up in the vent pipe. This pipe should be cleaned or replaced anually. Also, check the exhaust vent on the side of the house.
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Dryer has a moisture sensor that detects the clothes are dry so it shuts off earlier. If the clothes are still damp then the dryer vent may be plugged and causing the unit to run hot or not able to fully evacuate the air from the machine. Clean the vent and make sure it's completely free and try again. If it short cycles again and clothes still damp you may have a sensor controller issue.
Ain't no moisture sensor. This is is not an electronic sensing machine. It uses another method to determine dryness. An orange wire connects to the base of the heating element. The timer motor is driven by power from it in auto dry. The timer motor is VERY slow. Slower than most dryer timer motors.As the clothes get dryer the heat is not needed so the element is turned off by the control thermostat which is mounted next to the skinny white fuse on the blower housing. This allows for the turtle like motor on the timer to advance. Once the clothes get to the point of dryness the heater stays off way longer and the timer motor advances on over to the cool down and carry on over to the end of cycle. So the clothes won't always be dry due to factors like lint buildup in the blower housing, venting to outside and so forth. having said that my mom bought a brand new Kenmore dryer and I set it on 55 minutes timed drying. At the end of that them clothes is still damp. I then set it to auto dry high heat and that usually gets em dry. I think the main probo with this dryer is the thermostat ain't set as high as older models to keep the heat at a moderate temp so that the limits won't blow on models in apts and such. Just a theory.
Sounds like it is flashing a code but you would need a professional to diagnose it completely. If it shuts off after drying it could be reaching too high of a temp or the thermal limiter is not registering the temp correctly.
First check for lint build up. You need to check the lint filter, inside the dryer, inside the dryer vent duct and the vent itself. Make sure that the flapper is able to move freely and not clogging the vent itself. Check that the tubing is not kinked if you have flexible ducting connecting the dryer to the vent.
Next what is the temperature of the room that the dryer is in? Most dryers work best when above 50 degrees F.
Next thing: clean the two metal bars if your dryer has a humidity sensor to determine clothing dryness. The fabric softener sheets can cause a residue on these sensors that block the reading.
Next: is the dryer getting warm/hot to the touch during the cycle? If not, then the thermostat or the dryer heating element may have failed. (Is this a gas or electric dryer?) Please provide a model number for your dryer if you need a parts list and other troubleshooting assistance.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (blocked vents are the most common source of dryer malfunctions, in my experience. It's also the simplest issue to check even though checking the entire path means moving the dryer.)
This forum will work you through your problem. Your problem should either be dirty or bad connections with the contact continuity plates, the chrome things under the lint bucket or the control circuit.
Dryers with electronic control and auto dry cycle indeed use moisture sensors for the auto drying to work. The problem is absolutely associated with the failure of the moisture sensors, especially when the timed dry cycle works fine. Either the connection of the sensors to the electronic control is loose or the sensors are covered with thin film that prevents it to sense the proper moisture content of the clothes.
Clean the moisture sensor bars thoroughly and make sure its connections are snug fit. Reseat the connections several times to clean off dirt and corrosion build up in the connectors and terminals. The last thing to look into is the electronic control if all resort fail to address the issue, that is, clean sensor bars and good terminal connections.
Indicate the exact model number of the dryer should you need further or more specific troubleshooting and repair advice.
The moisture sensor is in the lint filter. Remove 4 screws from inside the drum and you have the sensor attached by 2 wires. On my dryer I disconnected then reconnected these 2 wires, reassembled the lint trap and auto dry works fine again
HI, i recommend making sure that this dryer has a clearexhaust duct and hose. place your hand on the outside exhaust hose and check for a good flow. if the flow is low, you will have some sort of clog in the exhaust system and you will need to clear this blockage. if the exhaust duct and hose is clear of debris, you will the need to check the lint screen for debris as well. make sure you Cleanthisregularly after every cycle.
I also recommend checking the dryness sensor as well.
This is not the solution to your exact problem but for those looking for why there timer will not advance and why it keeps running: The usual problem is not the timer but the mosture sensor.
1: Check the mosture sensor light/indicator. If is still shows some mosture or flashes even when the items are dry, you have a mosture sensor problem, probably not a timer issue - luck you.
2: Check if the timer will advance and the dryer will turn off when you have it in the TIMED mode (i.e. 10mins - NOT the more/less dry modes.) If so, then it is indeed a sensor problem.
2: Check that the wires to the mosture sensor have not fallen off (as in my case - a simple repair). The senor is usually two metal bars somewhere near the front part of the inside of your dryer. You may have to take off the door and the front pannel (be sure to unplug the dryer first) to get at the two wires to clip on to the sensor. Clean any lint and make sure they are conneted. If well connected then replace the sensor ($15-$20 and very easy to do).