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No heat in dryer cycle

I have no heat in dryer cycle, even at top setting. The washer works, the dryer tumbles.

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  • skr34m3r Apr 30, 2008

    The washer works great, but the dryer just tumbles. I have to dry a half load of clothes for 3 cycles before they come out dry. It gets slightly warm after the second cycle. I checked the circuit breaker and voltages and all are ok. The vent is positioned straight out with 1.5 feet in between the dryer and the exit hole. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.

  • mudcat Jul 03, 2008

    kenmore washer/dryer stackable model 417.98702891 both washer and dryer turn but dryer won't dry clothes. Noticed when I opened the door to check a load of clothes that there was no heat at all, couldn't even get a bit of heat, feel or see orange glow from heater.

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Most common cause is a blown thermal overload cutout. the small amount of heat felt in second and subsequent runs is just the waste heat of the motor.
If there has been any obstruction in air flow, sometimes even enough lint in the trap will do it, the overload blows and shuts off the heat. Your local dryer parts store will have the right one, its a common occurrence. Buy one, take the back off the dryer and trace the cables from the heater element back to the terminal block. when you locate the item identical to the one you bought unscrew it from its place on the air duct and insert the new one, they arent resettable that would be too simple.

Posted on May 09, 2008

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Sometimes lint and other debris get by the lint trap and causes an obstruction where the duct narrows by the (squirrel cage) or blower. Also kill the power and check your wire connection on the back of the drier. Sometimes a wire loosens up.

Posted on May 06, 2008

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