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Clothes Dryer runs but won't heat

I have a Kenmore dryer in my house. About a month ago it developed a problem - it still runs - the drum will spin, but there is no heat, so it doesn't really dry clothes. I checked the manual, all it says is that it runs on 2 fuses and one may be burned out, but that is not the problem (I have circuit breakers, and neither of them are tripped). I checked Youtube, they suggest some possible solutions, but look complicated to me. I have average handyman skills, mostly what I learn at shop class in high school and what I can figure out from Youtube. The dryer is 16 years old, am wondering, should I try to fix it or write it off and get a new machine.
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16 yrs old... there is your answer
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Turn both breakers totally off and back on. Sometimes they can trip but still look on. Easy try to check at least...
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ElBorak wrote: I have a Kenmore dryer in my house. About a month ago it developed a problem - it still runs - the drum will spin, but there is no heat, so it doesn't really dry clothes. I checked the manual, all it says is that it runs on 2 fuses and one may be burned out, but that is not the problem (I have circuit breakers, and neither of them are tripped). I checked Youtube, they suggest some possible solutions, but look complicated to me. I have average handyman skills, mostly what I learn at shop class in high school and what I can figure out from Youtube. The dryer is 16 years old, am wondering, should I try to fix it or write it off and get a new machine.
Replace the heating element
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bundy5555 wrote: Replace the heating element
This.

Unplug the machine from the wall. Take the front of the machine off (there are usually just a handful of screws at the very bottom of the front face of the dryer. You will have to unplug a few internal wires. Inspect. The interior will undoubtedly be clogged with lint that "escaped" the machine's filter so vacuum out the lint. Inspect the rollers, springs, and bushings for condition. If these are in decent condition and if the controls are still operating, your machine is "worth" repairing. Now, disconnect the heating coil. It usually is just a few screws. Inspect the coil - you will undoubtedly find a break somewhere in that coil. This is the unit that needs to be replaced. It shouldn't cost more than around $40.

It is one of the easiest jobs to perform on any appliance. I did one for my mother's dryer when I was 16 years old and I've done a handful of them over the subsequent 40 years. If, however, you cannot do this kind of job, it will cost you WAY more to get a technician in and then it will likely not be "worth" it because it's 16 years old. Only by taking it apart and assessing it can you determine if it's "worth" it. My Kenmore HE3 dryer is 16 years old and I've replaced the coil twice and it's still working like a champ.
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ElBorak wrote: I have a Kenmore dryer in my house. About a month ago it developed a problem - it still runs - the drum will spin, but there is no heat, so it doesn't really dry clothes. I checked the manual, all it says is that it runs on 2 fuses and one may be burned out, but that is not the problem (I have circuit breakers, and neither of them are tripped). I checked Youtube, they suggest some possible solutions, but look complicated to me. I have average handyman skills, mostly what I learn at shop class in high school and what I can figure out from Youtube. The dryer is 16 years old, am wondering, should I try to fix it or write it off and get a new machine.
It's either the heating element or thermostat. I just fixed this on our dryer and it can get a little complicated because it requires a volt meter to narrow down what's wrong. It can be done without a volt meter if you're willing to replace both the element and thermostat. Cost me $40

I replaced the heating element and the thermostat and it's as good as new. Your Kennmore is relatively easy to fix, a little patience and a few tools
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I just fixed this issue last weekend for my mother. She has a 2002 Kenmoore dryer with the exact same issue: drum turns, but no heat. In her case it was the cycling thermostat, but I ended up changing the thermostats, high limit switches, and thermal fuse while I was in there. This is the kit I bought:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07HM7 ... UTF8&psc=1

Her Kenmoore is actually a rebadged Whirpool, I discovered this when I took the unit apart and ran the part numbers. If you have a Ohm Meter you can check exactly what failed: heating element, high limit, thermal fuse, or thermostat. However for the price to replace all four pieces I just ended up replacing everything.
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+1 to do it yourself and all the advice above.

I had a Samsung dryer a couple years past its one year warranty with the same symptoms. Spent some quality time googling the model number , found it was a model that was sold under other names.
I found a step by step repair with pictures for one of the other brand models.
It was kind of tricky as the quickest way to do it was to reach into where you can't see to replace the heating coil/thermostat assembly.
The pictures were very helpful.

When I went to the local parts place, the counter woman recommended buying the whole assembly including the thermostat as it was easier to replace as a whole unit and you shouldn't have to repeat the repair any time soon.
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The other thing to check is if the dryer vent outside is blocked by lint - causes the dryer internals to run hot , but the clothes still don't dry because there is no air flow

Might have been the original trigger that caused it to break in the first place
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l69norm wrote: The other thing to check is if the dryer vent outside is blocked by lint - causes the dryer internals to run hot , but the clothes still don't dry because there is no air flow

Might have been the original trigger that caused it to break in the first place
This is true too and always a good regular maintenance item on the inspection checklist.
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clutch31 wrote: 16 yrs old... there is your answer
What is wrong with 16. Mine is 20.
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teoconca wrote: What is wrong with 16. Mine is 20.
Exactly nothing to do with age.
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I had this same problem with my samsung dryer last night. Watched the videos as well and decided to tap the unit alittle and unplugged the power and plugged it back in. Dont ask me how but that did the trick. Goodluck
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My dad had a similar issue with his GE dryer. I youtubed it, and ordered the parts from armesupply . It was about $120 for the part. When was able to access the element, I saw that a section burnt out like a like bulb burning out.

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