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Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« on: May 26, 2011, 10:41:20 AM »
Recently this dryer has started taken longer to dry clothes on any setting. There is heat output but nothing better than warm. I completely cleaned the ducting then ran all the tests listed in the appliancerepairlesson.com video. All of the parts tested within range.

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 03:46:26 PM »
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 04:12:03 PM »
How's it going JW? I tore the ducting around the blower apart and did a thorough cleaning (it was actually quite dirty) plus replaced the cycling thermostat. After a week or so of regular use there still seems to be no improvement. What else should I look at? Thanks

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 04:41:00 PM »
  I would check the voltage to the dryer and heating element while running. Is the dryer cycling on and off?

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 06:01:25 PM »
OK if the thermostats are fine and the dryer is clean with an open vent to outside and yall still have dryer probos then it is going to be in the timer or the circuit breaker. When these beautys begin to fail it is slow torture till total failure. The timer has a leg on it that carrys the current from the heating element. This leg of the timer takes a beating over time. Sometimes if you get in there and clean the contact the dryer will act like new. The secret is to not disturb the cam inside. If you wish to inspect the innards remove the tiny keeper around the shaft so yall can lift the plate off there without disturbing anything. File down the contacts and party on. Another thing ya might have goin on is a bad/going bad circuit breaker. the motor requires 120 volts but the 5000 watt heater needs both side of the 30 amp 2 pole breaker to get up to temp. Over time the breaker takes a beating from that heating element.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 07:06:48 PM »
Thanks for the input, guys. The dryer does not cycle on and off. Couple questions:
How do I check the voltage to the dryer and heating element?
Where on the dryer is that circuit breaker located?

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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 11:47:30 PM »
Either a volt meter or a multi meter will check volts. The circuit breaker is located in your home circuit box not the dryer. If the heating element is "sagging" or is broken and touching the side of the housing it would only get warm as it is making a 120 VAC  circuit to ground. If it's "sagging" and touching the housing it would still test good on a basic ohm meter. You would have to check it to ground too. A burned dryer cord could give you heating problems also. If you are using the 3 prong dryer cord, where it's connected to the terminal block, the 2 outside terminals should read 220 VAC. Outside terminal to middle terminal should read 120 VAC. If you are using a 4 prong cord red to black is 220 VAC. Red or Black to white is 120 VAC.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 12:16:01 PM »
Well I checked voltage to the dryer and it showed 220+. Then I took the timer out opened it up - the contact, just like in the picture, was caked up pretty good. So I cleaned it all up, put it back together and reinstalled. We did a full cycle of laundry the other day and the wife says the dryer is working like brand new. She's happy now! If she's happy...everyone is happy.
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Re: Kenmore Electric Dryer - Low heat output
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 01:03:33 PM »
Glad ye could git er done !
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