Why are my clothes not drying?
the settings seem to work, and the dryer turns and even heats but the clothes don't get dry. I have to go through 3 or 4 cycles to get the clothes dry.
The Kenmore Elite HE3 is 7.2 cu. ft. capacity electric dryer by Kenmore.
Also check the metal strips that detect how wet your clothes are. There should be two metal strips that are on the inside of the dryer on the grill where the air passes thru to the filter. They should look clean and if they look dirty, running a pencil eraser over them can clean them up. If they don't work correctly, your dryer can't measure how damp your clothes are.
Also check the outside vent - sometimes birds or small animals will make nests in them, or they can accumulate debris. Make sure the cover flap can open freely.
Be sure to clean the lint filter before starting the dryer - EVERY load. Use a long, narrow tube or nozzle to vacuum out the area under the lint filter.
Excellent chance it's your Coil Valve. This is like an electro-magnet that controls the valve to supply the gas that supplies the heat. On our dryer, the heat would start and you could feel the vent get hot...but it would not STAY hot. The tech replaced the valve kit (there are two in the kit) for a part cost of $35 and labor cost of $146. You can easily do it yourself (YouTube) and part is here: http://www.amazon.com/Kenmore-Gas-Valve-... for a whopping $6 for BOTH.
Sadly I looked this up AFTER the tech was done. Fact is I wouldn't have known what to look for, but that's the "ignorance tax" we pay sometimes. Hope this helps someone else.
I'm having the same problem and this is what I found. I cleaned my duck cleaned the lint area, did all the cleaning I can do. So I decided to run the unit not being plugged into the vent hose and found that the dry is staying on. Weird right! It work without the vent tube hocked up! This is what I think. The blow motor is a two function process it sucks the heat into the unit a blows it out the vent. What if the motor is no long capable of blowing against any resistance. Which reduces suction of pulling in heat. Ran a load with out the duct work hooked up, clothes are dry! I think my blow motor is no longer or is has a speed control that's not working I got to look that up. I hope this helps.
This is from kenmore If the dryer takes too long to dryer or is noisy then the blower wheel could be damaged and require replacement.
Ok this is what I found lol blower share the same motor to drum lol. No speed control. Lol but I did find something interesting the high limit thermostat, it controls the fame it it thinks it's getting to hot. So my guess is when the vent tube is off no restrictions it works just fine but when you hook the duct work up it now has a lack of flow then before. Lack of flow high limit thermostat trips shuts the gas off because lack of flow allows more heat to build up it that area. I don't think it is the other thermostat or thermal fuse because it operates just fine When the dust is off and those are on the exhaust side.
If you've checked everything else, it could still be one of three things:
1. The element may need to be changed. It's a simple and straight forward fix and with help from the internet, anyone can do this repair fairly easily.
2. The are a couple of fuses that are located on the outside of the element housing. When I changed the element on our dryer I replaced these as well. Again, this is an easy install.
3. There is another breaker that is located just inside the front cover. This was not the problem with our dryer but I've heard that it is a common problem. Easy fix - found the instructions by using Google search.
Hope this helps.
Disconnect vent Check for hot air coming out,If yes run a cycle if it dried normally.your problem is not the dryer.If no heat ? It gets complicated fast.Make sure you have nothing blocking air passage inside of vents inside.This can be where your sock went.Or a rodent made home in there.I have pulled snakes racoon babies rats you name it birds,Yes some were alive.If not that then the issue will reside with the heating source,That involves thermostats safety fuses heater coils wiring and a whole lot of hands on checking.There is a switch on the motor which limits the flow of power to the coils if proper spin speed is not achieved.Safety first Call a tech you mess with things beyond your scope you can massively fail. Pay for confidence .
My kenmore elite also was drying less, taking longer to dry. I was able to disassemble it by checking youtube. The exit duct from the drying drum to the hose leaving the back of the dryer was full of lint. In my case this was in the front of the dryer. Now I clean it every 2 years as a maintenance task.
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