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kenmore dryer tumbles and gets hot, but doesn't dry clothes.

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
November 2nd, 2010

Everything appears to work except for the fact the clothes won't dry.

Dryers , Kenmore , Washers
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

Without a model number, I will only be able to give you general information.

The dryer needs two things to dry clothes, heat and air flow. If you know the dryer is heating the way it should the problem would be a venting problem. I recommend starting the dryer then checking the vent outside. You should feel blowing out of the vent hood. If you do not feel the air blowing out you have a plugged vent duct. You can clean the vent yourself with a vacuum and a brush or have it done by a vent cleaning company.

If you think, the vent is clear I recommend removing the vent hose from the back of the dryer. Then open any windows in the room and put in a wet load of clothes. Now start a cycle with the vent hose disconnected. If the clothes dry in the normal amount of time, the problem is a restricted vent. The vent has to be cleaned.

If you need further assistance, please reply with the details of what you have found and a complete model number.

Here is a link to order any parts you need.

Sears Parts Direct


If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services


Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
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by Mark T
November 2nd, 2010
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Manage My Life
Having a dryer that works great is definitely a good thing but if it doesn't dry your clothes then there's a problem. I found a question in the Manage My Life website that is similar to the one you asked. This answer from the expert will give you some general suggestions on what could be the problem. If you can add the model number to your dryer the experts can give you a more detailed answer. You can just add it to the thread below. I'm attaching the links below, I hope this helps!!!!!!!
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November 1st, 2010
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