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Kenmore QuietPak9 Smart Heat stopped the middle of drying. Sensor says sensing dampness and sensor that says check lint screen keeps coming on. So now the dryer will not turn on. What is wrong?

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Johnny Ramirez

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SOURCE: check lint screen light on and dryer not turning on

check belt might be broken,,,,

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

James Chandler

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite dryer heats but does not dry

Make sure that your vent tube is not kinked or crushed behind the dryer and it all this is ok then you need to change your cycling thermostat. is it gas or electric

Posted on Mar 12, 2009


Mike Inman

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SOURCE: Dryer switches from sensor dry to 17 min, on time dry it just doesn't heat up

check your ignitor id make sure the vents cleaned as well

Posted on Jun 03, 2009


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SOURCE: dryer not dring clothes completely

need to check your vent duct. if clogged it won't let the air flow through the dryer needed to dry your clothes.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009



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SOURCE: drying not drying, clothes moist after hours

This is likely the result of an air flow problem if you are sure the heater is working. Ensure you are not running the dryer in a closed room which would starve the dryer of air dramatically reducing the air over the clothes even if the full length of your vent is brand new. Next, remove the vent hose from the rear of the dryer and check for strong air flow at the outlet. If it seems strong enough then run a vent through a window or out into another room and do one load in this fashion. If this resolves your problem the blockage exists in the vent line outside your dryer and disassembling dryer becomes unnecessary.

If not, ensure you have seen and touched every inch of interior dryer piping and hold the lint filter up to the light to be sure you can see through it. Disassemble and clean ANY section of piping you can't get your hand into. The area below the lint filter tends to catch a lot of lint and can only be accessed by removing the housing at the rear on the left side as you face the rear. Ensure the blower wheel turns when the motor turns. (Newer models may have the filter housing at the front)

Having performed all these actions will likely resolve the problem.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

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