Model #11097590120 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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what is normal operating temperature dryer 110-975-90120

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Knowing the correct temperature on your Dryer can be quite challenging. I have taken the time to research on the Manage My Life website and found some useful information. While you are waiting for a reply from an expert I have attached a few links below. Hope this information is useful for you.

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Priscilla V -
December 23, 2010
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On the low setting, that dryer will cycle at about 120 to 130 degrees. The high heat setting cycles at around 150 degrees. There is a thermostat heater that "fools" the thermostat into cycling off the heater at the lower temperature in the low heat setting. I read the replies that you posted on the previous answers provided by Pvalde2 in the above response. You indicated that you replaced the sensors twice in the last year. If the dryer is too hot in the low heat setting, I recommend that you check the cycling temperature in the high heat setting. Although you will normally vent the gas dryer to the outside of your home, you can use this brief test to determine the cycling temperatures of the dryer:

  • Ventilate your laundry room as much as possible for this brief test.

  • Disconnect the flexible vent hose so that the dryer will vent directly into your laundry room for this brief test.

  • Position the dryer so that you can measure the temperature of the air coming out of the vent at the back of the dryer.

  • Clean the lint screen thoroughly. If you have not washed the lint screen with water and a soft bristle brush recently, I recommend that you clean it in that manner to remove any fabric softener build-up that could have accumulated on it. Let the lint screen dry thoroughly before replacing it in the housing. This may delay your test but it is best to make sure that the lint screen is completely clear.

  • Fill the dryer with a medium load of wet towels. This will give you an accurate indication of cycling temperature.

  • Start the dryer on the high heat setting.

  • The dryer should heat to about 150 degrees and the cycle between 140 and 150 degrees. You can check the lower heat setting (120 to 130 or slightly higher). Don't run the dryer longer than about 15 minutes with it venting directly into your home. You should be able to determine the cycling temperature in this amount of time.

NOTE: Restore the vent system to exhaust properly to the outside of the home immediately after conducing this brief test .

If the dryer is cycling at the proper temperature when it is venting directly into the laundry room then a restriction in the vent duct system to the outside of your home is likely causing the higher than normal temperatures.

If the dryer is heating to above 200 degrees then the operating thermostat is likely bad.

If the normal setting works properly and the temperature of the low heat setting does not decrease by at least 10 degrees below the normal heat setting then you likely have a problem with the thermostat heater or the temperature control system.

These tips may help you determine the cause of your dryer heating problem. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details about the actual cycling temperatures.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 26, 2010
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How can I check my dryer's temperature when it doesn't seem hot enough?

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I would need a model number to give you specific instructions on how to access and check the thermostat.

There are different ways to achieve high, medium and low temperatures on a dryer and without a model number I can't know which system your dryer has.

A common check for this problem with an electric dryer is to pull the dryer out from the wall and remove the vent hose. You can place a thermostat in the exhaust air and check what temperatures the dryer is cycling on and off at.

Any thermometer with a range between 100 to 200 degrees can be used to check the temperature of the exhaust air.

Please submit another question with a model number for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
March 20, 2010
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what is normal operating temperature dryer 110-975-90120 Kenmore,

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TheMikeBecker -
December 23, 2010
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Gas dryer

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TheMikeBecker -
December 23, 2010
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Sensors have been replace twice in last year

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TheMikeBecker -
December 23, 2010
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For TheMikeBecker: On the low heat setting, that model of gas dryer will normally cycle between 120 and 130 degrees.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 26, 2010
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