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Takes too long to dry or keeps running when clothes are dry

My kenmore elite oasis dryer takes up to 3 hours to dry a load of laundry. And sometimes to the other extreme it will run for an hour or so when the clothes are dry. I have had 7 service calls about this problem I have had had the thermister replaced (both 0f them) The moisture sensors have been replaced. The wires have been removed from the wiring harness. It still doesn't work right and let me tell you I'm tired of having a high electric bill

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  • tammyjd69 May 09, 2009

    The thermister has been replaced (both of them). The duct work internal and external have been checked and are clean as a whistle. And the moisture sensors have also been replaced. I have had 8 service calls for this problem and I am at the point of major frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.

Normally, this is what happens during an automatic cycle:

  • The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a pre-set temperature--say 135 degrees.

  • When the dryer reaches the pre-set temperature, the thermostat tells the timer to begin advancing. (If there's a moisture sensor, the timer advances only if the moisture content of the clothing is low enough.)

  • The timer advances until the interior cools, then the thermostat tells the timer to stop advancing, and tells the dryer to start heating again.

This cycle continues until the clothes are dry. But…if the vent is clogged, the dryer may never reach the proper operating temperature, so it doesn't send the signal to the timer and the dryer continues to run indefinitely, even if the clothes are completely dry. To fix the problem, clean the vent and/or internal ductwork.

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