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Kenmore Electric Dryer 68731

Dryer is no longer drying clothes on high in one 60 minute cycle. Dryer is all original parts, 18 years old.

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  • mofire237 Nov 18, 2007

    Cleaned-out dryer but didn't really seem like there was a blockage. That got me thinking about where else a blockage might be and found that the screen to keep birds out of the outside exhaust was 100% blocked with lint. Removed lint, dryer is now fine. Thank you!

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If still heating, clean out vent and check for kinks. Also, REMOVE PLUG FIRST!! Remove back and remove four screw holding filter duct assembly at bottom left. Pull duct toward rear and reach into bottom of duct and remove lint. Also, wash out filter screen.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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    Gerald Griffin Nov 18, 2007

    Glad you got it going. You'll have to keep an eye on that screen.

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