How do I fix problem with Kenmore Dryer?


My Kenmore clothes dryer (about 21 years old) runs for about 5 minutes after I turn in on but then it shuts itself off and usually won't start again until the next day, when it repeats the same action. i took apart the lint filter and cleaned it out, thinking that might solve the problem. It did not. Dryer heats o.k. but then shuts off. Could my problem be the timer?

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  • Annie Annie on Apr 09, 2019

    Is there any chance your dryer hose itself is clogged. I am thinking that your dryer is overheating. I would rather check that first before having the timer looked at (and possibly replaced)

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 09, 2019

    Call the manufacturer and explain your problem, have the make and model numbers in hand, They have a hotline and can offer you the best advise.

  • Judi Judi on Apr 09, 2019

    Have you tried cleaning out your dryer vent? Just a guess...good luck!!

  • Kelli Murphy Kelli Murphy on Apr 09, 2019

    How old is the wiring in your house? Stoves/ ovens, Hot water heaters & dryers all require a 220 outlet, whereas most things only need 110. It doesn't trip the breaker? Could be as simple as a wire getting too hot & the outlet needs replacing (never know when God is saving us). Or maybe the heating coil thing in it is worn out. I hate giving up my good old appliances (My sewing machine is all metal construction, 40 yr old Kenmore), so call a repair guy before getting a new one. If you MUST buy a new one? NO SMART appliances. They literally record everything you do & can ultimately be controlled remotely (eventually, they will be turning your things off if you use too much...)

  • William William on Apr 09, 2019

    Timer is not the problem. Dryer has overheat sensors. If it gets to hot the sensor shuts it down. Annie and Judi have the right idea. Check the vent hose and the dryer vent. May be clogged. Also check to make sure the flapper on the exhaust vent opens a closes easily. Lint build up can keep it closed and overheating.

  • William William on Apr 10, 2019

    You can also go to Put in the model number. They have troubleshooting, schematics, repair guides, and sell parts. Even if you decide to call a pro at least you have information what the problem is.

  • Barbara5154 Barbara5154 on Apr 10, 2019

    Thank you!