Model #LGR5636LQ0 WHIRLPOOL Residential Dryer

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Dryer not drying clothes


Thank you for choosing and allowing us to help you. It can be very frustrating when a key appliance for our home becomes compromised. I wanted to share that the most common cause of a dryer not drying is a clogged dryer vent. 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
Make sure that you clean the lint around the motor. 

Click here to view a ManageMyLife video on what may be causing this problem. 


SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others. Wear appropriate hand protection when working around sharp metal parts.

I saw in my research that your dryer is now 11 years old. The average life expectancy for a dryer is 10 years. You may want to consider replacement rather than repair if this repair starts getting expensive. It may not be a good investment to put money into a product o this age. More parts may be ready to go in the future. Click here to view the high efficient dryers that are available at

If you have any follow-up questions, please continue our conversation on this existing thread.

Thanks again for choosing



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Sears Technician
October 17, 2013

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