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My 80 series Kenmore Dryer is heating up, tumbling, but my clothes aren't drying. It's taking 6-7 cycles to get anything dry, I have checked the vent hose and everything. All seems to be checking out ok. Not sure if it's a thermostat problem or what. I notice too, no matter what setting I have the dryer on, it still gets really really hot and almost smells like something's burning???? It's super old. I'm not sure what to do

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You need to check your vent, or your vent system in your dryer. You also need to check to see if your clothes are tumbling. If not then your belt could be broke. Good luck!

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

  • tconner03 Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks lancaster5.....I checked everything with the vent and vent system, no probs there...and yes the dryer still tumbles....I'm stumped....Thermostat prob maybe??????

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    lancaster5 Aug 27, 2010

    How long is your vent hose?

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