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my dryer goes off after a very short time that it is on

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it heats up it truns but not for long
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Steve G. replied 8 years ago.

Hi there. Can you tell me if this is a gas or electric dryer?

Does just the heat go off or the whole machine?

Can you possibly tell me the make and model number?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
electric,the whole machine goes off,kenmore,model number is XXXXX
Expert:  Steve G. replied 8 years ago.

Ok. First, pull the machine away from the exhaust vent so that the machine exhausts directly into the room.

Run a load of laundry and tell me if it stops.

Then we can move on.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i done that already i also cleaned the lent vent cleaned the back of dryer for lent and trash it is clean
Expert:  Steve G. replied 8 years ago.

Have you run a load of laundry with the dryer disconnected from the vent. This is important.

Did it cut off?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
yes i run it and it cut off it only runs for three to four min.
Expert:  Steve G. replied 8 years ago.

Ok. Then the problem is inside the dryer.

There are several themal devices which will stop the dryer working if they detect high temperatures.

Is this something you want to fix yourself? If so, I can help you. It will require you lifting the top off the dryer and poking around.

If not, you will need to call in a pro. Have him look at the thermostat and the heater element (less likely to be bad but worth an inspection).

The thermostat part is here for about $30.

Good luck.
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