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Heating element seems to get extremely hot, bright orange. I noticed this while I had the dryer drum out and testing the lid switch. The heating element ohms out at 10.5 ohms. Is this normal? My wife said she thought the clothes felt very hot the last time she used it. Then the dryer stopped working altogether, which ended up being a broken actuator. Kenmore Model: 110.7661100 66711.

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It should do this,as long as it cycles off and on this is normal

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The dryer still runs and the drum is turning. No heat. Yesterday I did notice the outside of the dryer got very hot for a while.


The thermal cut-off has blown open due to the high-limit thermostat failure to cycle off in order to regulate the heating element temperature as the noticed extreme dryer temperature indicates. These two components are wired in series with the heating element as a safety measure to cut power to the element should the dryer temperature go extremely high like your case.

Disconnect power then make sure the lint filter is clear, the vent system is not restricted, and the inside of the cabinet is clean. A vacuum cleaner may be used to extract lint built up inside the dryer cabinet particularly the bottom. Replacing both the thermal cut-off and the high-limit thermostat is a must but only after the all areas mentioned are cleaned.

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I a have a kenmore 417 dryer that is not heating I followed the steps


Check to see if the electrical coils are glowing or not...... they are located right behind the cloths drum. (sounds as though they are NOT heating up) In order to see these coils...... first, remove all the cloths from the drum. second, while the dryers door is open 7 the drum is empty look all the way to the rear or the metal drum, it has a flat back in which you will notice there are quite a few holes. During the next step you will want to watch these holes as we check to see if the heating coils are lighting up (they will glow like the heating element in your oven... or burners on your stove top as they get hot.... ORANGE IN COLOR IS WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE) Now.... with the dryer drum empty & the door OPEN..... you will find a small pushbutton located somewhere around the outide of the drum opening thats activated (pushed in when you cose the door), depress this little button and hold it IN (this is tricking the dryer into thinking the door is closed... but its not, your holding the button NOT the door.... luckly the dryer isn't smart enough to know this) You must continue to hold the button in till the test is over.... if you let go it will IMMEDIATELLY STOP the dryer! Now, push the start button located on the console like you normally would do so during normal operation (it is recommended that the temperature be set to the HIGHEST SETTING during this test). As the dryer starts and the drum turns.... watch those holes located in the back of the drum! It takes a minute for the coils to get hot enough to glow so give it a few minutes before giving up..... after 3 minutes an ORANGE GLOW should appear through those little holes. The glow you see is the coils getting hot like the element in your oven. If after 3 minutes..... NO ORANGE GLOW can be seen through any of these holes..... the heating element needs to be replaced (this is a common problem & is usually inexpensive to replace..... $15 - $20) Replacement heating elements are available at most appliance stores..... remember to write down the manufacturers name, the dryers model number, and serial # prior to going to the store for a replacement. You MUST provide this information to the dealer for proper replacement parts! Once you've got the new heating element (it will look similar to a really long spring) you'll be Up & Running in No time!!!!) Just follow the instructions which are usually provided by the manfacturer to properly replace the broken element! Hope this helps...... GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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Takes to long to dry. installed new heating element, new tstats and i noticed that there was a gap on the back gasket drum. this will allow air that is not heated to enter the drum causing a longer dry...


Worn gaskets will cause some extended run time, but 75% of the dryer problems I repair are directly related to improper venting. Check that first. Pushing air thru the clothes is just as important as adding heat. Vent connector in rear should be rigid metal or heavy metal flex. As short as possible with no kinks. An easy way to check vent is to look at element when dryer is running. Should glow soft orange, not red hot or white . Try it with venting attached and then removed. If element glows less brightly with vent off, then vent is restricted.

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I have a Whirlpool dryer - Imperial series. The dryer is 5 years old and we have already had to replace the heating element 1 1/2 years ago. Now the dryer seems to get hot but won't dry the clothes. It...


Good day,
Dirt. First step is remove the vent system, and test performance. If that's it, either clean or replace the vent system.

If that is not the problem, remove the lint filter, remove the 2 screws under it. With a screw driver, at each corner of the front of the lid, pry up the lid off the clips and prop up.

Now go to the rear, and remove the back panel. On the left side the air chute housing is held on with screws. Remove the screws and pull the housing out and up as far as possible.
Clean all lint build up in that area especially around the blower wheel. That should solve your problem.

Here's a picture of the back of the machine.

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My dryer seems to work ok but the heating element doesn't come on.


heating element is out to reach element either remove bottom lid below door you should be able to see element you can see heating coil some are on the back of dryer and some heating are around drum a element may be broken,call repairman

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My Whirlpool dryer LER3624EQ1 is overheating


If you open the dryer quick enough during a cycle, you will see the element glow. That's normal. It sounds like a belt problem. Something is causiing the drum to drag which will cause the belt not to turn as easy. This, in turn, will make the motor work harder and overamp as it is trying to move the belt but it is just sitting and spinning and burning the belt. Look for something like a rear drum bearing or tensioner pulley causing the problem. Continuity test just show that there is a complete circuit. This is confirmed by the element getting hot. Also, if you motor is not turning at the correct speed, this will slow down the amount of air being moved across the element. This will also cause excessive heating of the element.

Good luck and hope this helps.

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The exhaust hose in the back will not affect whether the dryer will heat. The hose just removes the used hot air to a place outside your house. I assume dryer drum spins, but you get no heat. If the dryer has gotten a few years of use, I suspect that the heating element has gone bad. Have you noticed that it has taken longer and longer to dry clothes than it used to? If so, most probably the element is bad. The element is not unlike a heating element in an electric stove, and is housed in a duct inside the dryer.

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