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Check the driers vent see if it it not cloged with lint, could be the problem.

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Why does my dryer shut down before the clothes are dry?


Bill, probably a bad moisture sensor, if you can locate sensor you may be able to clean it. See links below for more info.
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My electric dryer will start but will not keep running


If it makes a growling sound when starting or the drum is very hard to turn by hand then you prob have the motor overload shutting down the motor preventing overheating of said motor. If your dryer is on of them fancy smancy dryers with on board sensor to detect moisture and save enegy by shutting down quicker then you could find the sensor strips inside the dryer (usually below and back of filter) clean it good with windex and retry. The wax from dryer sheets gum and sometimes metal objects short out the sensor strips and so the controls thinks the clothes is dry. Goes into shut down countdown.

Dec 29, 2015 | Dryers

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Electric dryer runs shuts off then starts again on its own


This could be a bunch of different things. #1 detach dryer vent and clean out. Try running dryer with vent not attached for 10 seconds. (Warning, lint and sand will likely come blasting out the back. Reattach and try. #2 Likely is that you have lint buildup inside. Unplug dryer. Remove back cover. Clean air path from exhaust through lint trap. Look inside or remove heater as well. You are likely overheating the dryer and the sensor is shutting it down. #3. Unplug the heating element and then run dryer. Does it shut off still? No Then the sensor on the heating element is bad. Yes then the timer is bad.

Jan 13, 2014 | KitchenAid KEYS750LQ Electric Dryer

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The dryer does not pass 6 min mark and does not shut off. How would I test a humidity sensor? Thank you for help.


A dryer moisture sensor can stop working without notice, until you notice your clothes being over dried or still wet at the end of the cycle. It is a good practice to test the dryer moisture sensor periodically. There are two types of moisture-detecting sensors for dryers. Once you understand how they work you will see how to test each one.
1. Sensor BarThese sensors contain digits that protrude outwardly. They work on an electrical current and the moisture from the clothing.
The first step to test is to place completely dry clothes in the dryer and turn on the dryer; it should run for a few moments and then shut down right away.
Secondly, place damp clothes into the dryer, turn on the dryer and watch the timer. As the clothes begin to dry the timer will move and shut off.
2. ThermostatThe timer is regulated by the thermostat. The thermostat rests in a closed position. To test this type of moisture sensor, place damp clothes in the dryer. Watch the timer; as the clothes begin to dry, the thermostat should open and the timer will move forward ,eventually shutting off.



Sep 08, 2013 | Dryers

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My duet whirlpool dryer runs for about 10 to 15 minutes then it shuts down


Unhook the exhaust hose, run the dryer and see if it shuts off. If it does not turn off the hose is blocked and will need to be cleaned all the way to the outside vent.

If it still shuts down it could be blocked inside the dryer or there is a bad temp sensor.

Apr 07, 2013 | Dryers

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The igniter glow bar gets bright and hot on the first burn in the drying cycle, however on subsequent urns it doesn't glow bright or long enough to ignite. What's up?


The ignitor is either going to be good or bad. If it fires off it is fine and if it is shutting down then the flame sensor is also working. That tells me your coils are weak and old.
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Here is how it works and why I believe you need to get new coils: When the dryer is cool first thing in the morning the initial start up the fuse and control besidethemobilian_2632.jpg
it allow power to the gas assembly, the flame detector/sensor allows power to get to the ignitor and it begins to glow. 1800 degrees is what that baby puts out and at that point the flame sensor bi-metal bends and shuts down the ignitor. The holding coil and secondary coil will then have enough power partially because the ignitor is off and partially because the ignitor is now acting as a thermocouple. If for some reason the gas did not ignite then the ignitor would cool down and shut off the gas. themobilian_2633.jpg
When the temp inside the drum gets to 160f that control beside the fuse shuts off the gas assembly, IF it don't shut down the gas then that fuse melts and shuts down the power to the gas assembly but it doe not shut down the dryer. The fuse is good though because you are getting power to the gas assembly AND the gas assembly is shutting down at 160f. The dryer keeps a tumbling around till the temp in the drum drops to 105f at that time the dryer wants another blast of hot air, trouble is the coils have gotten hot now, the ignitor is doing its thang, the flame sensor is doing its thang, the control is doing its thang. The only thing that ain't happening now is the coils ain't allowing gas to come out. Replace the coils and party on! More here
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Jul 18, 2011 | Kenmore 400 6942 Dryer

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Burner lights 5-10 seconds shuts down. Good air flow. Gas smell at times out vent.


The burner will shut off for various reasons.

First, there is a sensor right at the burner flame. If the sensor does not indicate flame the gas is shut off to avoid filling your house with gas. It is usually a short metal rod. Oftentimes cleaning it will get it working again. Or the signal from the sensor isn't getting back to the controller, so check for loose connections.

This page explains it well.
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/dryer/gdryer/check/flamesensor.php

There are some other sensors that will shut the heat down. A temp sensor where the hot air leaves the dryer drum. This is to keep from overheating the clothes and lighting them on fire. If this sensor is bad, or the wiring to it is not getting that signal back to the controller, the dryer will shut the burner down. Although 10-15 seconds is pretty short, this is a possibility. Try different heat settings to see if you get the same result. If it only happens on one heat setting you most likely have a bad temp sensor.

Visit here for more info.
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/dryer/gdryer/check/thermostat.php

Another possibility is that the gas valve (solenoid) is getting near the end of its life and can't stay open long. This is not likely, but still possible since the burner does light.

http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/dryer/gdryer/check/gascoil.php

Next possibility is that the gas line is partially plugged. When the burner fires the gas pressure drops rapidly. When the burner goes out the gas sneaking past the obstruction raises the pressure back up.

Final possibility is a bad controller.

Jan 19, 2010 | Maytag Neptune MDG5500AW Gas Dryer

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Automatic dry cycles do not shut off


its poassable that the dryer is not drying well.check your house venting.if your clothes are drying well before it shuts down.your sensor bars may have a wax buildup on them.use a rag and a mild cleaner and clean the surface of the sensor bars.good luck!

Jan 17, 2010 | Maytag Dryers

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Dryer will run for about thirty seconds and then shut down. if i wait it will start up again and then shut back down.


From your description without a model number is sounds as if you have a dryer that has an electronic control that involves sensing the moisture level of your dryers contents when in use. In this type of dryer there is either a single moisture sensor or 3 moisture sensors on the top of the ba\ffles. What has happened in that case is that the electronic contorl is no longer sensing the moisture level of you dryers contents. When the signal to the sensor is lost the dryer thinks there is no moisture in the contents and shuts off the dryer. The sensoing circuit has a problem in the form a bad densor (in the case of the single sensor type or a worn out drum brush in the three sensor type. There is a possibility that the electronicl control itself has failed. Without model number this is about as far as I can go. It is still cost effective to have your unit repaired. I hope this was useful information.

Jan 09, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Kenmore HE4 Dryer


rmcfarland I am going to make an assumption. You are using the Automatic cycle. If so then this is wet load detection. Open the dryer door and at the bottom on the front you will see 2 metal bars. This is you moisture sensor. Clean that sensor with a mult purpose cleaner. If detergent and fabric softner sheets build up a coating on this sensor, the control will think you put in a dry load and shut down the dryer. Hope this helps.

Jan 25, 2008 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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