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We have an older version of this portable dryer:<br><br><a href="http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02684182000P?vName=Appliances&cName=Washers+%26+Dryers&sName=Dryers" target="_blank">http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...s&sName=Dryers</a><br><br>
It takes 3 hours to dry a full load. Since its a smaller size I know it'll take longer, but this is ridiculous! I'ved cleaned and vaccumed the hose and dryer screen area. That made a small difference, but what else could I do myself? We're thinking of taking the back off to see if there is built up lint. Is there a way to test some of the parts with a little machine? (Sorry I'm not sure what it's called, but it tests fuses or something?)
 

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MIL had this happen, and it turned out that there was nothing wrong with the dryer. She had cleaned the hose and dryer screen, but, her dryer vented up and out of the roof, and there was a huge build up there that was causing this. They just discovered this a year ago.....in the last 15 years, she has purchased 4 dryers, thinking they keep going out.
 

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Check the vent in the wall or ceiling. Usually it's a huge build-up of lint there. It's also worth opening it up and vacuuming all around the drum.
 

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We vent it out the window and I've vacuumed where is goes out the window and taken the hose off to vaccuum it and the outlet from the dryer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I think we'll take the back off and see what we find.
 

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Meanwhile, throw a dry, fluffy towel in with the wet clothes - it will pick up some of the moisture.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does it get super hot still? Are you certain that the heat element isn't going out?</div>
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It gets hot, but not super hot. How would we check the heating element?
 

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I was going to say the heating element as well. My Mom owns a laundromat & this is usually the 2nd problem (after lack of air flow from lint build up).<br><br>
Is it still under warranty?
 

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How old is your house? I had this problem forever and lived with it. Then one day it stopped heating at all. I called the appliance repair people who checked it out and said it was working perfectly, but my house was built in the 1950's and they had the wrong voltage on the outlet there. The outlet had shorted out and caught on fire a bit! Anyway, if your house is older check the outlet voltage.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It gets hot, but not super hot. How would we check the heating element?</div>
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Well, that's a bummer it wasn't lint. If it's still getting hot at all, then the heating coil is still working. They usually work fine till they day they just stop. When the coil on my dryer died a few years ago, I got up in the morning to find a cold dryer <i>still running</i>. I'd tossed in a load of rags the night before and they had tumbled on cold all night long and since it was on a sensor cycle, it never tripped.<br><br>
Call customer service. Sears/Kenmore is really great about talking you through things on the phone and troubleshooting without a service call. They have far more info on their computers than you have in your owner's manual.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, that's a bummer it wasn't lint. If it's still getting hot at all, then the heating coil is still working. They usually work fine till they day they just stop. When the coil on my dryer died a few years ago, I got up in the morning to find a cold dryer <i>still running</i>. I'd tossed in a load of rags the night before and they had tumbled on cold all night long and since it was on a sensor cycle, it never tripped.<br><br>
Call customer service. Sears/Kenmore is really great about talking you through things on the phone and troubleshooting without a service call. They have far more info on their computers than you have in your owner's manual.</div>
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I may need to call them, thanks for the tip. We live in an apartment and the dryer is designed for a regular 3 pronged outlet. I took the back off and cleaned a bunch of lint build up, but it's still taking forever. We got it used and it's probably about 8 years old so no warranty.<br>
Thanks for your help everyone! If anyone has any other tips on checking the heating element let me know.
 

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<a href="http://www.partselect.com/dryer+replace-heating-element+repair.htm" target="_blank">http://www.partselect.com/dryer+repl...ent+repair.htm</a><br><br>
maybe this will be helpful.
 

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We have the same dryer, and it takes about an hour and a half to dry a load - but it can take nearly as long as you're talking about if it's particularly humid, or if it's a particularly large load, or if I don't run a couple of extra spin cycles on the wash. Do you have the washer that goes with this dryer? If you do, and you aren't doing it already, you might want to run a couple of spin only cycles at the end of the wash load - that cut my dry time down a lot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.partselect.com/dryer+replace-heating-element+repair.htm" target="_blank">http://www.partselect.com/dryer+repl...ent+repair.htm</a><br><br>
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Thanks! That spells it out, which is what I needed. Hopefully in the future I will update. Yesterday we found out we're going to have a big unexpected expense so we'll have to make due for now. But I'm going to see if anyone we know has a multimeter so we can at least test the heating parts to see what we're dealing with.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have the same dryer, and it takes about an hour and a half to dry a load - but it can take nearly as long as you're talking about if it's particularly humid, or if it's a particularly large load, or if I don't run a couple of extra spin cycles on the wash. Do you have the washer that goes with this dryer? If you do, and you aren't doing it already, you might want to run a couple of spin only cycles at the end of the wash load - that cut my dry time down a lot.</div>
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We do have the washer that goes with it so I'll have to try this!
 

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Does it have a regular lint screen that you can take out?<br><br>
You can get a residue that builds up that is not very obvious.<br><br>
Try running it under water. If the water doesn't flow through easily then scrub it with soap and hot water until the water flows through easily.<br><br>
This saved our dryer that was doomed for the dumpster.<br><br>
It's cheap to try at the least.<br><br><br>
Good luck!!
 
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