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My dryer isn't drying my cloths. A friend told me to check the heating element but how do you get to it. I am not very mechanical so don't know if I need to contact a repair person. Thank you so much for your help.

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Is there air coming out of the dryer exhaust? Is it warm? Is it gas or electric? You hint that it is electric ... but I will cover this base ... Is the gas on? Is it auto ignite?

Since you say you are not handy ... I dont thing If the dryer is set to create heat (not air dry) and you have cold air coming out of the exhaust, I would suggest yo contact a repair person to look at your machine. Remember, the last 2 or 3 minutes of any cycle is usually no heat no matter the setting. So, If there is air coming out of the exhaust, set it for a regular cycle, wait several minutes and see if you do get heat. If not you need help.

If there is no air coming out, you might want to take your exhaust hose down and see if it is clogged. You can clean this with a vacuum cleaner.

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Sounds like you have a Clogged Vent or Heating Element problem.

If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork.
Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry.
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The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork .
This thermostat usually has four wires going to it. Check the 2 terminals that are opposite each other and are the closer together of the 2.
These 2 terminals should have continuity.
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If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.
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Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace the heating element. You can check for an ohm reading but will need to refer to the service manual for proper reading. This sometimes on the tech sheet located somewhere on the dryer. Usually between 9-13 ohms.
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Hi jamesholl456...

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Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace the heating element. You can check for an ohm reading but will need to refer to the service manual for proper reading. This sometimes on the tech sheet located somewhere on the dryer. Usually between 9-13 ohms.
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Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork . This thermostat usually has four wires going to it. Check the 2 terminals that are opposite each other and are the closer together of the 2. These 2 terminals should have continuity. If not replace the thermostat.
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