Kenmore Dryer Model # 11060622990 Thermostat?


Hi I was hopeing that someone could help me with this iussue that I am having with my electric dryer. About 2 months ago I stuck my hand inside of the dryer to check the clothes and it was extremely hot. I am pretty certain that it should not get this hot. Well, for about the past month and a half or so it takes a really long time to dry the clothes. On average 1 1/2 hours - 2 hours for one load, and sometimes they are still damp after that. I disconnected the power and took a look at the heating element and there is no visible signs of it being burnt up or damaged. I also checked for lint blockage and there is none. My question being, does this sound like a thermostat problem? And if so it appears as if there are two thermostats, one on the heater element, and one on the blower side.I do not have a Ohm Meter or anything that I could test it with. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance,
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First thing to check is if your vent and duct work to the outside is clear/clean, not just inside the dryer, although get that clean while you are there. If your dryer seems 'hot' your clothes would dry faster unless of course there was a problem/restriction venting the heat & humidity.....
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Im sure it is not a problem with the duct work. It has been checked and I have moved since this started but yet the problem still exists.

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Just to be sure, try drying a load of clothes but disconnect the transition duct (the accordian duct that runs from the dryer to the wall) from the wall and put pantyhose on the end of that duct to catch the lint. If the clothes dry in under 30 minutes, then there is a blockage in the wall duct. You can clean this out yourself or call a chimney sweep.
If this is not the problem, wash the lint screen with soap and water and try again.
BTW, is your dryer in a utility closet? If so, make sure the door is open a few inches while the dryer is running to supply make-up air.
Alisa LeSueur Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician http://CleanYourOwnDryerVent.com
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Considering how cheap ohm meters are these days, there's no excuse not to have one. For the price of your McDonald's lunch you can go to Radio Shack or Harbor Freight and get what you need. You'll save the cost of it many times over in diagnosing common electrical problems. If you need to deal with a hot spot in the dryer, start by checking that the drum is rotating. It could be slipping due to a worn drive belt or loose motor pulley. For more info and needed parts, go to sites like repairclinic.com. Good luck.
Joe
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..............................past month and a half

We had this problem awhile back, and cleaning out the vent helped, but ultimately the problem was that the vent/lint handling system inside the dryer was so packed with lint that the air flow was impeded. So, I had to tear it apart and clean it thoroughly. That solved the problem
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SRN has the right idea. You have an airflow problem. The dryer is extremely hot yet it takes forever to dry clothes. If you don't move an adequate amount of air thru the drier, this will cause those exact symptoms. Take the back off the dryer and check the blower and plenum(air passageway for the blower). You'd be surprised what you will find in there. Most dryers have the air pull thru the lint trap then thru the air plenum, thru the blower then into the back of the dryer. I have found ink pens and all sorts of things in the bottom of the air plenum, along with a ton of lint of course. Clean out all the air passages for the dryer and also clean the fins off on the fan connected to the motor.
Who checked your dryer exhaust vent? If you didn't do it, better have another look. Use a shop vac on one end and a piece of cord with a rag tied to it that will fit into the exhaust duct. Suck with the vacuum and let the rag get sucked thru then pull the string back. Also if the vent is flex, make sure there are no droops in it, support it more because the droops will collect moisture and then lint. Slope the exhaust duct to the outside vent so water will run out.
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That was 2 months ago. What is the temp inside feel like now, now that the dryer is not drying so fast?

A thermostat problem could make the dryer too hot, but wouldn't it take LESS time to dry things if that were THE problem?
?> And if so it appears as if there are two thermostats,

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