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Dryer not drying

I have a kenmore dryer that heats the clothes & they are tumbling. But they are not drying, only getting hot. What could be wrong?

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  • paxilkat Jun 27, 2008

    Thanks so much. I'll try taking the back of the dryer off so i can get to the airway. Which i see alot of wires & screws to take it off. Is there an easier way to get to the airway?

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Sounds like you have a ventalation problem. The clothes heat up, but without airflow, the moisture remains. First check the hose from the back of the dryer to the wall. Is it plugged, kinked, or restricted? No? Turn your dryer on and remove the hose. Do you feel pressure coming from the back of the unit? No? You need to take it apart and clean the internal airway. If you do feel pressure, reconnect it to the wall and start your dryer. Walk to the outside of the house. Do you feel a fair amount of air coming out? No? There are companies that will clean your vent in the phone book. There are also vent cleaning brushes you can buy at hardware and appliance part stores.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    Toby Norton Jun 27, 2008

    Actually, from the dryer you've selected, you should actually go in from the front. The tube that goes from the front to the back of the unit, usually remians fairly free of debris. You can however reach in from the rear vent and pull out any minor build up. But for the most part, here's how you clean the major area of conjestion. Unplug the unit. Remove your lint screen. There are 3 1/4" screws on the botom of the lower front panel. Remove these. You may see lint once you drop your panel and even a few coins. Next, you will see an enclosure in the lower front center just underneath the panel you removed. There are 2 1/4" screw at the top corners of this enclosure. Remove these. Depending on the model, there may be another 1/4" screw down a bit lower on the left hand side. Other models will have a black clip on the bottom center. You can loosen the 1'4" screw on it or just bend it slightly down. Now the whole lint chute will come out. Once it is out, vaccume it out making sure to remove the lint on the "channels" on the right and left sides at the top. Underneath the lint chute you will see a fan in there. Make sure to vaccume this out as uneven build up on the fan blades can cause uneven wear and can ruin your motor bearings over time. Re-assemble in the reverse. However, while you have your lint screen out, take it to a sink or outside to your hose. Apply a small amount of soap on the screen and scrub it with a tooth brush. Over time a clear film from undisolved detergents can build up causing poor airflow.

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