Dryer is not heating up. What is the proper troubleshooting method to determine the cause of the failure?
Answer Hello Robert,
You would first flip the breaker off then back on. Then go to the back of the unit and verify proper voltage is getting to the unit. If this tests good, raise the main top and check the safety thermostat on the heater housing near the rear of the unit. If it is opened, you will need to clear/straighten the exhaust duct since this is the cause of this components' failure 99% of the time. If it tests good, ohm out the heating element from this point. Most of the time you will have found the problem by now. If not, you will have to pull the front off and check the cycling thermostat on the blower housing and if it checks good, you will have either a bad timer or a bad centrifugal switch in the motor.
Old kenmore dryer gets warm but not hot. Takes 2 hours to dry a load. Is heating element most likely bad, or something else?
Answer Hello Ed. It sounds like the venting system is clogged or kinked. You will need to check the vent and clean it out. Be sure and clean the vent pipe and the dryer air duct assembly. If the air flow is not good, the unit will retain moist air causing the clothes not to dry. Try running the unit with the vent unhooked from the back of the dryer and see if the dryer works properly.