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Problem: The dryer runs fine but it won't heat up. I have checked and cleaned the vent line. This did not abate the problem. Question: is there something other than a bad heating element that would cause this problem; such as a sensor, or a reset switch? Thanks, theboz2@verizon.net

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If the heating element is fine check the limits:
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Hello there and welcome to Fixya :
This is a fairly common problem with these whirpool dryers.
I will provide you with the 7 most common things to look for
which contribute to the symptom Dryer won't stop are listed below. Check or test each item and watch any available videos. If you are still unable to solve the problem you may need to do additional research and troubleshooting.
Show all parts for model GEW9878LW0 For the symptom you selected, these are the most common parts or causes, ordered by the likelihood of fixing the symptom.
othercausesandconditions.jpg Air Flow Problem The most common problem when a dryer is slow is when the vent is clogged. If the dryer is slow, check the vent from the back of the dryer to the outside of the house. If that is clogged, clear it completely and test the dryer. If the dryer is slow after the vent is cleaned, clean the internal ductwork of the dryer. This will require some disassembly.
blower-wheel-694089-00918612.jpg Blower Wheel

Item # 686172
The blower wheel draws air through the dryer and pushes the air out the vent. If the dryer won't stop, the blower wheel may not be spinning properly, which reduces the air flow. Check to see if the blower wheel is securely fastened to the drive motor shaft.
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heating-element-assembly-3401338--00621237.jpg Heating Element Assembly

Item # 528055
The heating element assembly warms the air before the air enters the dryer drum. If the dryer won't stop, it may be because the heating element assembly isn't working - which greatly increases the drying time. Check the heating element for continuity.
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lint-filter-349639--00685658.jpg Lint Filter

Item # 2659
Dryer sheets and fabric softener can leave a residue on the lint filter, reducing the air flow. If the dryer won't stop, check to be sure air can flow freely, clean the filter as needed.
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moisture-sensor-279366-00565298.jpg Moisture Sensor

Item # 469522
Although not as common, if the dryer won't stop it may be because the moisture sensor is either defective or coated with fabric softener. Clean the moisture sensor contacts inside the dryer and th

Oct 11, 2012 | Whirlpool GEW9878LW Electric Dryer

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The dryer works fine in TimeDry mode, but in Intellidry mode it dries very slowly. The "Moisture Moniture" indicator lights start and stay at "Less Dry". I have replaced the moisture...


you could have bad gas coils.if the timer doesn't advance in auto dry most likely you're having heat problems,when the dryer heats and then the heat shuts off then the timer will advance,when the heat comes back on the timer stops,it does this until the clothes are dry.gas coils when starting to fail will work normally until they get hot and then no heat until the coils cool down then they will work again,on time dry the timer just keeps counting down until the time runs out no matter what's happening to the dryer.i've seen the coils fail after the first 10 minutes and other times for 20 to 30 minutes but usually if the load is big and in time dry the clothes will feel warm and you'll need to dry them a second time to get them fully dry,also while you're in ther you should clean out the dryer at least once a year,clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vacuum out the cabinet where the motor is and blow out the vent line,if it's a long run i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,remove it from the back of the dryer,stick the leaf blower into the vent line and blow it out,i've blown out birds nest out of some lines, your clothes will dry on time,you won't go through so many parts and you won't have to worry about a dryer fire,the gas coils are on top of the gas valve,remove the two phillips screws,lift off the cover and change out the coils.next time you use the dryer keep an eye on it,after it runs for 20 minutws start checking it,you'll hear a click,then another click and the flame will lite,look into the gas tube and if the flame isn't liting then you have bad gas coils.

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My Kenmore dryer has heat, tumbles fine but I have to run 2 cycles to dry clothes and 3 - 4 cycles for towels. The vent line is new and I can feel damp warm air where it exits the vent line. It worked fine...


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

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The dryer is taking 2-3 full cycles to completely dry the clothes. I have already unplugged the dryer, checked the hose, completely cleaned it of any dirt that was clogged a little. Also used the vaccum...


if you have heat in the dryer you have a blockage somewhere in the dryer or the vent line,how long is the vent line?also try removing the vent line from the back of the dryer and run it to see if it dries,i had a guy tell me he cleaned the vent line,i stuck a leaf blower in the vent line and blew out a birds nest.also check the outside duct,if there's a cage or screen on it remove it and keep it off and then blow out the line. also the duct that the lint filter slides into should be removed and cleaned.send the model number so i can look up your machine,if it's gas you could have bad gas coils,they work fine until they heat up like 15 to 30 minutes then no heat until they cool down and then they will work for a few minutes and stop again,send model number off of the dryer,open the door and look around the opening,you should see a tag with the model and serial number.

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My dryer is working, but it's not heating


pull the vent line off the back of dryer and see if it helps,also the duct that the lint filter slides into could be loaded with lint,when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer?sounds like from what you said when you had the top off it worked better because you had better air movement with the top off.go out side and check the vent,if it's a long run from the back of the dryer to the outside vent i use a leaf blower to blow out the vent line,you also need to vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is,if you have a shop vac blow off the motor and blow through the inside vent to clean out the heating duct and vac out the back of the drum,you should take it apart and clean it out once a year so the dryer will run correctly

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Electric dryer element heats for short period of time and then shuts off, will come back on in a few min. and only is on foe 10 to 15 seconds and then back off. It takes 2 to 3 hours to dry a load


you need to clean out the dryer and vent line,try running it with the vent line off and see if it runs better,also you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is,if the vent line is long blow it out with a leaf blower to clean it out,check the outside vent and make sure that isn't blocked,you need to do this once a year or you will start blowing thermal fuse and over heat the motor and your clothes will take hours to dry

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My Kenmore dryer seems to have a mind of it's own on heating. Sometimes it heats very hot, sometimes little heat at all. It does not seem to matter what setting it is on, low, med, or high. Nor does it...


when was the last time you cleaned it out,try running it with the vent line removed,you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is,if you have a shop vac put it on blow and blow off the motor and clean out the vent line and the outside vent,if the vent line is long i use a leaf blower to clean out the vent line,also is it gas or electric?next time send model number?if it's gas you could have bad gas coils,when they heat up they fail,clothes are warm at end of cycle.run the dryer for 15 to 30 minutes and check to see if the flame is still lighting if not bad gas coils.hope this helps

Feb 21, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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