I'd just take it apart (at least so I can see the elements and motor and
bearings) and make sure that the elements are clean, remove any fluff, ...
Check that any wear blocks still have usable thickness (some sorts have the
drum riding on blocks, rather than proper bearings), and generally clean
Ensure any safety cutouts arn't clogged with fluff, and if it's a model
with a heat exchanger that there are no blocked pipes/...
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Kenmore is made by several different companies...and even the most
common manufacture ( Whirlpool ) has a few different styles.
Some common take apart helps are below...
Dryer venting and vent hood should be cleaned out every year and the
dryer should be vacummed out ( around motor, dryer ducts, lint filter
area, etc ) every 2-5 years depending on useage.
Appliance Repair Aid
The tops of washing machines and dryers are usually hinged
in back and held down in the front by spring clips that
engage when the top is lowered. Run a putty knife (or any
other thin but stiff metal around the crack between the top
and the front panel and you will run into the spring clip.
There should be two clips, each about 3-4 inches from a
corner. When you feel it, pull the knife out enough so you
can move past the clip (about 1/2 inch in from the front
surface). When you find it, move knife in front of the clip
and then push, the top should spring up slightly at that
corner. Sometimes it is a little hard to get the clip to
release if you don't really know what you are doing, so just
You shouldn't need to do anything more than pivot the lid
up, then vacuum whatever crud you see. If you ever need to
remove the drum (may be needed to change the belt, repair
the heating elements, etc) you will need to remove the front
panel. It will probably be held on by 4 screws that you can
reach from the top, in any case, you will be able to see
what you have to do when you raise the lid.
Pop the lid and vacuum everything. Clean the outlet tube
all the way to outside. Other than that anything else you
do is mostly a waste of time. Just listen for odd noises.
Dryers work for 20 years or so without problems other than a
belt breaking or and element burning out.
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