Model #11076992501 Kenmore Elite residential dryer

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Cleaned Kenmore Dryer heats poorly


Hi William,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

The first thing you should check is the operating temperatures. Pull the flexible vent hose off of the back of the dryer and make sure your laundry area is well ventilated for this test. Make sure that the lint screen is clean. Start a medium load of wet laundry on high heat with the dryer exhausting directly into the laundry room. Measure the temperature of the air coming from the middle of the exhaust vent behind the dryer with an accurate thermometer. The dryer should heat up to about 150 degrees (between 140 to 160). The heating element should then cycle off since the operating thermostat should open at this temperature. The air should cool down about 20 degrees and then the operating thermostat should close and the heating element should heat back up to 150 degrees. The dryer should continue to cycle at those temperatures. If the dryer is not cycling properly at these temperatures, then the operating thermostat will most likely need to be replaced. Do not continue running your dryer with the vent disconnected. This is for testing purposes only.

If the dryer operates at these temperatures, you most likely have a venting restriction.

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 .

Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram or purchase any parts needed for your appliance; Sears Parts Direct .

I hope this is helpful. Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.


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Landell -
Sears Technician
May 25, 2012