Question about Dryers
If this is a gas dryer, the rattling noise you hear is usually an indication of the gas valve coils failing on the burner assembly. Your dryer will normally have two of them. One is the main coil, and the other is a pilot position coil. It is recommended that you replace both of them at the same time (usually sold as a set). Searspartsdirect.com carries your parts. Just type in your model number and look under the "Burner Assembly" heading. For comparative shopping, repairclinic.com may also carry your parts. Sometimes at a cheaper price. If this is not a gas dryer, please post back with your model number, so I can assist you better. I hope this helps answer you questions.
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
check the thermal fuse if it is blown also change the high limit thermal cut-off fuse www.repairclinic.com shows your parts. go there and enter model number. Also check the heat element. to get into it remove the lint filter and the two screws you'll see there then pry the top up at the front corners. And through the back you should find the heat element and blower housing and thermal fuse and high limit fuse and cycling thermostat.
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
Most dryer heat related problems are attributed to poor ventilation. A dryer needs proper air flow in order to dry efficiently. An easy test is to remove the dryer exhaust hose and try drying a load as you normally would. If the air flow leaving the exhaust is forceful and warm, followed by the clothes drying normally, then the problem isn't the dryer. The problem is with the vent ducting. You will need to inspect for kinks or clogs in the hose from the point where it leaves the dryer, all the way to where it exits your home. If the ducting hasn't been cleaned in a while, now might be a good time to do so. Leaving a dryer in a clogged state will eventually cause it to overheat to the point of failure. Not to mention, this creates a fire hazard and a habitat for rodents. Mice love dryer lint.
If the air flow leaving the dryer is weak and cool, you may have an internal clog inside the dryer. Inspect the air blower assembly for clogs or obstructions and clean as necessary. Cleaning the lint screens on dryers isn't always enough. Some lint does get past the screen and can accumulate over time. Periodic inspection and cleaning is recommended. I check mine about every three months.
Another common problem comes from overloading. Placing too many items in the dryer does not allow items to tumble properly and retain moisture. Try smaller loads if this is the case.
If you still have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.
PS Do not run a dryer with the exhaust hose removed on a long term basis. This will add unwanted heat and humidity to the air in your home and can cause mildew problems. Running it for the purpose of this test is not going to cause problems, however.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
faulty heater element try replacing it at rear panel bottom left panel behind drum at rear cheap to mend yaself
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
or bad solonoids on your gas vale
check your lint filter
and exhaust outside to be clear of cloggs with good airflow while running
Posted on Oct 05, 2009
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Posted on Dec 21, 2009
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