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Have a Kenmore HE4 Dryer and it seems all buttons and functions work, but the dryer takes multiple cycles to dry clothes - even on regular/normal settings. Is it a problem with the heating element? Thanks.

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If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have not taken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then you need to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should take place. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causes for your dryer to fail.

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