I have an older model Kenmore dryer. It's about 10 years old. I have replaced the heating element about a year ago and it's been working fine until today. It makes this whirring noise when I turn it on. It spins fine, and the airways (vents) are not plugged...there is good airflow. It also heats just fine. What cold possibly be making the whirring noise.
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As you can see, your heating element has 5 heating coils. If one or more of these coils have opened you dryer will still work and heat but not at well as it would if all coils worked together. You can check each coil with an ohm meter to verify if one or more is open.
I have a Kenmore Model 110.74612200 it came with the house and needs another service call-not heating- how old is this model? Wondering if it might be time to buy a new one. Dryer has seen a lot of use in the past 5 years from a household of six.
limit switch either the one on the heating element or the one in the air duct they are easy to check if u know how to use a meter they should read continuity when they are cold and open up at a certain temp
You may have to get inside the exhaust assembly ...somtimes there are lint buildups that occur and cause long drying times. Also make sure you don't have a DUAL heating element model. I had one and only one of the elements worked when I repaired the second one it worked great. Most likely is the exhaust block however. Hope this helps.
If you are sure the thermal switch is ok.. have you checked the high temp ( bi metal snap switch) too? Here is a link to the wiring diagram of your dryer. You can see that there are a few other temp switches in circuit of the heating element that would disble it.. Hope this helps