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Anyone know anything about clothes dryers

I cleaned out the vent (again) out to the outside but the darn thing doesnt get hot to dry my clothes its always cold is there an element or something to change?

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Yup, unless you have gas, you have to remove the drum to get to the heating element.

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ya we have gas heat also I noticed last night it didnt shut off so Im guessing the timer motor maybe

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Have you checked the pilot light on the dryer?

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no I didnt no clue where to start on this thing

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Well there shouldn't be a pilot light. LOL. Dryers have ignitors.
What kind of dryer is it? If you had a clogged vent then its entirely possible that you have a blown thermal fuse.

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Its a kenmore dryer the vent wasnt clogged I just did it as a starting point

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crap, Kenmore. That doesn't do me any good since they actually make nothing. Their stuff is made by various other manufacturers and badged with the Kenmore name. It could be anything.
Unfortunately it will be tough to help when I don't know what you are working with.

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its model # 110.97582820 its almost 10 years old

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Their numbers don't cross over to anything at all useful for me unfortunately.
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There's no heat
If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

Power from the house
Heating element
Thermal fuse
Wiring


Power from the house
Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.



Heating element
Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.



Thermal fuse
On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)



Wiring
A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

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well the # on the dryer itself is model # 97585820 the one in the book is 110.97585820

I'm going to just have it repaired professionally since I dont want to mess with anything gas related

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First question. Did you buy it at Sears when it was new? If the answer is yes, go back a throw a HUGE fit!! I use to work at Sears, 3 years ago, and had an old lady come in with a vacuum that she had bought 10 years earlier. The hose was clogged, the beater bar would not turn, and parts were literally falling off it. To make matters worse, when I started it, it smelled like CAT PISS!!! Anyhow, I told her that there was nothing I could do, and she started throwing the before mentioned HUGE fit. She demanded to see the store manager, and the store manager said she would give her 20% off a new vacuum. The old lady said she would call Chicago and talk to them, and our store manager gave her a NEW VACUUM!!! When Sear's store managers hear Chicago, they will give you anything. Chicago calls the store and tells them to make the customer happy, and if it means replacing 10 year old vacs, so be it. I can give other examples. In short, if you bought Sears crap, take it back, and threaten to call Chicago!!!
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yep from Sears new I dont know about rolling in the old dryer to the store but I will call and ask

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Well there shouldn't be a pilot light. LOL. Dryers have ignitors.
Darrin, At one time gas dryers did have pilot lights. I had one that did. I've had electric since then. I have other things to do than to keep up with the latest technological advancements made to the household clothes drying appliance. Even if that "advancement" is decades old.

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Darrin, At one time gas dryers did have pilot lights. I had one that did. I've had electric since then. I have other things to do than to keep up with the latest technological advancements made to the household clothes drying appliance. Even if that "advancement" is decades old.
Yeah, the DOE banned production of them in 1988.
Up until Nov 15th of last year I worked in appliance repair and I never saw one even though I know there must be some still out there. I wonder if anyone still makes repair parts for them.

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I had a Kenmore fridge stop cooling a year or so ago. Called Sears and they offered a one year extended warranty on it. That included the service call to fix it. Was not a bad deal. The fridge was almost ten years old.

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mom dukes is being thick headed she wants to use the local appliance store

they will come look at it (for a fee) and if they cant fix it they subtract the price of the house call from the dryer

they fixed our stove and washer previously

when the stove finally died (after 20 years) they delivered a new one within a half hour on a saturday

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OK. Lack of answers not surprising on a technical issue outside the realm of this list.

Try this site, find their forum or read up on their site and ask your question. Don't forget to insert the model number of your unit. They'll give you the answers you need. I've fixed pretty much all my household appliances with their help. Forum answers come quick too.

http://fixitnow.com/

He also has a link to a repair clinic that sells the parts at a discount and they arrive quickly! The nice thing is that once they tell you what part is broken, you can go to the parts site and look up what the part looks like. Then you can find it on your unit once you start to replace it.
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Yeah, the DOE banned production of them in 1988.
Up until Nov 15th of last year I worked in appliance repair and I never saw one even though I know there must be some still out there. I wonder if anyone still makes repair parts for them.
Well if there's any doubt I'm old, that should clear it up. Thanks man. heh

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id just go buy an electric one honestly =P

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If it is gas, get another gas one. I converted from a 220 electric to natural gas, and it takes so much less time to dry clothes it isn't even funny. Not quite the step up from a 110 electric to 220. 110 ones are an evil joke that someone equipping a rental thought was fine so they didn't need to fix a gas dryer. dragging them through a rain soaked street did a better job drying.

I have fixed various things that are gas fired, and I was little squeemish at first, but I haven't blowed anything up yet. I plumbed in the dryer and a BBQ grill, gas boiler, replaced burners and pilot light on a furnace, and when I get the time, replacing said 30 year old furnace.

You can listen to see if you hear it try to ignite it after it is turned on, I hear click click click ROAR and it starts heating up. I haven't been inside the dry yet, because, well, it has worked for me.

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