kenmore dryer not drying clothes

Kenmore dryer not drying clothes. If the duct is partially or fully clogged, it will restrict the airflow through the dryer, significantly increasing drying time. To ensure proper dryer performance, you should regularly clean your dryer’s venting system.

The blower wheel works with the drum drive motor to draw air into the top of the clothes drum.

Drying times can be reduced by using riser kits and/or stacking too wet loads as higher racks provide more space around each piece of clothing for air circulation.

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A dryer that isn’t blowing air will not help you get the wrinkles out of your clothes. A dryer that is working but seems to be taking too long to do its job may unnecessarily be using high power, which can shorten the life of certain components.

Important maintenance points such as checking that your vent tube is clear are vital for getting optimal performance from your appliance and ensuring it doesn’t overheat or set off a fuse due to excessive heat build-up.

The following are some common reasons and how to fix them.

Air Flow Issues

If your venting system isn’t functioning properly, you will find it takes longer to dry your clothes than usual. It’s not just inconvenient – a clog in the vent can result in a fire if excessive lint builds up and ignites.

Clogs are also bad for your dryer itself, as they create excess heat that ages the machine. That’s why we recommend cleaning out the venting system from time to time (once per year sounds about right).

Gas Valve Solenoid has failed

Gas dryers have two or more gas valve solenoid coils. The gas valve solenoids open the gas valves to allow the dryer to heat properly.

Sometimes, a solenoid can fail several minutes into the drying cycle, causing it to take longer than usual for your clothes to get fully dried.

To determine if one or more of the gas valve solenoids has failed, check the igniter. If the igniter glows and goes out but fails to ignite the gas in one or more of your dryer’s burners, then you may have an issue with one (or more) of your gas valve coils.

If this is truly what’s happening, we recommend that you replace all gas coils at once (even though it doesn’t entirely correlate since there are several coils.)

 Defective Blower Wheel defective blower wheel

The Blower gear mechanism works for hand in glove with the dryer’s motor to suck dry air into the drum and get it smelling fresh. Clumps of lint, socks and small articles of clothing can escape the lint filter and get caught in between the blower gear.

In addition, the blower gear shaft could wear out, causing it to wobble around on the blower motor shaft.

If these things happen, your machine won’t work as well anymore because there will be a lot less air entering the drum.

To determine if your blower gear is working properly, remove your dryer vent hose from its anchor point and check to see whether or not it’s still getting a load of fresh air, however weak that may be.

If not, call up someone who deals with this sort of thing professionally, like, for example, a reputable plumber (he’ll know what you mean!), and make sure he replaces whatever part needs replacing with something as similar as possible otherwise,,, your machine will never smell nice again.

The heating element is not continuous

The heating element warms the air before it enters the dryer drum. When this heating element breaks, the appliance will not heat.

To determine why the dryer won’t fuse and fix it, look at the heating element using a voltmeter to test continuity of its wiring or connection via suction cups that attach to specific areas of the heating element in question.

Replace any broken part with one new original part if there is none to be had.

The moisture sensor should be replaced

The moisture sensor of a dryer can be considered one of its most important as they are responsible for verifying whether or not clothes have reached the appropriate level of dryness.

If a dryer’s moisture sensor is broken, it may report that clothes are still damp and unable to be removed, which then causes the dryer to keep running.

By replacing this part once it has been determined that all other internal components are in working condition, you can solve your issue quickly and efficiently.

The lint filter may be clogged

The clothes inside the dryer might be clogged. Dryer sheets and fabric softener can leave a residue on the inside of the lint filter, reducing your clothing’s airflow. If your lint filter is clogged, clean it out.

This thermistor is faulty

Some dryers have a thermistor, which senses the temperature in the dryer and passes that information back to your control board, so it knows whether or not it needs to come on and blow some warm air.

If your thermostat is broken, your dryer widget will not know when to turn on and off for drying cycles.

If the thermostat lacks continuity

When you’re running the washer, watch out for that high-limit thermostat. It controls the temperatures inside your dryer. More specifically, its job is to shut off the gas when it senses that your clothes are overheating.

If too much heat accumulates in your dryer, however, after more than one load back-to-back, it shuts down completely. The exception is when multiple items from a single cycle remain in the dryer and put off plenty of heat on their own.

In most instances, however, if a clothes dryer stops heating up or acts unusually suspicious like its heating elements turn off prematurely or only halfway through any cycle.

You probably have a problem with your high-limit thermostat, provided you remember to test all of those other components we mentioned.

kenmore dryer not drying clothes

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