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Why does my Kenmore dryer not heat up.
There are several causes, but the most common one is the heating element. Before we diagnose that lets get down to the rock bottom of basics. An electric dryer runs on 240 volts, like a AC system. So
240 volt systems use two circuit breakers. The heating element in the dryer works on 240 volts. The motor and all the other control parts work on 120 Volts. Just like the other electrical items in your house. So the first thing to do is Check the circuit breaker. A circuit breaker for a dryer has two switches linked together with a cross bar. (or it has two large fuses in which one could be blown) It is possible for 1 of the two switches to be tripped.
Locate the breaker for the dryer. Switch it completely off. Wait 20 seconds and turn it back on. If it won't go on, there is an electrical short in the dryer wiring.
Now we are going to check the heating element. But first, REMOVE ALL OF THE CLOTHES IN THE DRYER. Now turn it on and see if there IS heat when it is empty. If there is IS heat. Then the problem is a clogged, or pinched-shut vent hose in the back. In this case, the moisture in the clothes has no place to go, so it stays in the cloths and they stay wet. If this is the case, pull the machine out from the wall about 8 inches. look down at the hose from the back and make sure it is not crushed. Now see how it dries with the clothes in it.
Let's say it is still not hot. Now we are normally looking at a special white colored fuse that is
mounted inside in the rear. Or a blown heating element that is mounted in the same area.
This repair at this point would normally require a professional technician. BUT if you want to do it, let me know and I will advise you of the steps. Hope this helps,
Best, Mark

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