Question about Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer
We have had this dryer for about 3 years now. it's started taking forever for the clothes to dry. Now it is smelling like something is burning. jWe have taken the back off the dryer and cleaned out anywhere lints could be backed up, but it almost smells like something may be touching the heating element? We have heat, and my husband said when it's on low, it won't smell. But now it's smelling immediately on any setting?
If this is a Kenmore Elite front loader, taking the back off isn't going to tell you much. The heating element is inside the dryer under the drum on the right hand side. More than likely you have an accumulation of lint on the heating element housing and its beginning to smolder. Running the dryer on low will not change the fact that you have lint in close proximity to a glowing element. It will still burn. Here is a link you can look at that gives you some advice on dryers:
You will need to unplug the dryer and remove the lower panel under the door to gain access to the heating circuits. If you have lint backing up into the dryer, you need to investigate why. If its been a while since you've inspected your dryer ventilation ducting, it would probably be a good idea to do so. Everything is in the link I provided for you. I hope this helps.
PS Conitued running of a dryer in this condition can cause the heating circuits to overheat and fail and/or cause a fire.
Posted on Jul 13, 2008
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