Kenmore 94631 Stackable Dryer

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Old 03-06-04, 09:26 AM
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Kenmore 94631 Stackable Dryer

My Kenmore 94631 stackable dryer has become problematic. The drying seems to be working intermitently. A lot of the time the unit just tumbles the clothes and warms them up a little. Other times it works like it is supposed to and dries the clothes properly. I keep the lint screen clear and keep the load size reasonable. I think the element is ok...it still produces hot air sometimes. The unit seems to be vented correctly so I don't believe a kink in the vent hose is the issue. I'm wondering if the thermostat is the issue. Any ideas or opinions on how to fix this, whether it is a DIY project for a novice, or appoximate cost on repair. Thanks.
 
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Old 03-06-04, 12:43 PM
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Hello mwiegand and Welcome to the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Before assuming there is a problem with any parts, totally disconnect the venting system from the dryer. Dry a normal sized load of clothes and note the difference, if any.

Possible the venting system is not as cleaned as thought or the exhaust vent hood is restricted, not opening fully, etc.

Always possible the heating element is not hot enough. Wornout out by time and age. May be glowing but simply not hot enough. If the venting system when removed still does not correct the problem, the heating element may solve the problem.

That part is not too costly nor difficult to replace, as another first attempt to correct the problem and before assuming another more costly part is the problem.

Yes. A novice can fix the problem. Just takes a step by step process to determine the actual cause of the problem or condition and before changing parts needlessly.

Be sure the power to the dryer is turned off before attempting any repairs.

For more detailed information read the recent postings within this forum on dryers which do not heat or heat well. The questions already asked describe like or similarly related problem descriptions as your question. Those prior postings and all the replies offered within them contain almost all the required information needed.

Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

Another possibility may be to search the manufacturers web site for a downloadable version of the owners or service manual. The file will be a pdf file opened with Adobe, which also needs to be downloaded but worth having the Adobe once obtained.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance part stores and dealers are listed in the phone book.

Check back on your question several more times. Other members posting replies in this forum topic may offer you additional advice, ideas, suggestions, test and or repair methods.

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