Kenmore dryer not getting hot

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Old 12-31-17, 12:10 PM
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Kenmore dryer not getting hot

My Kenmore dryer doesn't get as hot as my old GE dryer. The Kenmore is about 8 years old and was in the home when I bought it. I opened up the back checked what I could with a multi meter and they all were good. I did notice the heating coils look like they were getting hot except one. Looking at the photo there is not heating marks near the first coil. Is It possible for one of them to not work while the others do?
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Old 12-31-17, 12:31 PM
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That is only a two wire heating element. That means it's all on or all off. The blackened areas are places where less air have blown over the coils.

Have you checked the vent line going outside ?
It's very important for the entire vent line to be clear.

The newer machines don't always run as hot as the old machines since it was determined that an exceptionally hot exhaust line can catch fire easier.
 
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Old 12-31-17, 03:17 PM
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the only way to check temp. accurately is with a thermometer in the exhaust, Should be around 150 to 160 and cycle down to about 100. I second clean vent out ALL the way to outside. Easy way to check is disconnect vent hose and feel air flow. reconnect vent and go outside and feel air flow. Should be about same. Vent cause 95% of all dryer failures.
 
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thanks The vent goes through the wall and vents out through the side of the house from the attic. I blew my shop vacuum through it, and as soon as the dryer starts the flap opens. Funny now that its back together it is getting much hotter and the clothes are fully dried at the end of the cycle. But its still not as hot as my GE was, but that had a stainless steel drum which probably absorbed heat better.
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Old 01-01-18, 11:23 AM
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Shop vacuum only got about half the clog out. needs to be a brush or pro tp clean right.
 
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Doing a better cleaning of the vent line seems to have fixed it. Blows hotter and clothes are dry before the end of the cycle.
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Thanks for the update dryer vent cause most dryer problems.
 
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