A Kenmore Elite dryer can make doing laundry feel less like a chore, but clothes taking longer than normal to dry or coming out still wet can really put a damper on your day. Follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem and maintain your Kenmore Elite dryer.
Your dryer might not be heating up enough to dry the clothes properly. The dryer operating thermostat senses the air temperature in the dryer and controls the heating element or burner. The thermostat should be replaced if the dryer isn't reaching high enough temperatures. Check the dryer heating element for visible damage, and replace it if necessary. You should also check the dryer heater relay, and replace it if the dryer runs but doesn't heat up at all. You can find these dryer repair parts at Sears PartsDirect.
Your next step in dryer troubleshooting is cleaning the lint screen. Inadequate air flow can dramatically increase drying times, and dryer sheets are notorious for leaving residue behind. Thoroughly examine the lint screen for buildup from dryer sheets, which may be hard to see. Wash the lint screen once a month in warm water, and use a soft-bristled brush to remove any buildup.
Regular preventative maintenance can greatly improve the performance of your Elite Kenmore dryer. The vent duct tube runs from the back of your dryer to the outdoors. If it is filled with lint, it can increase drying times. It's also a fire hazard, so be sure to clean it out regularly.
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