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Kenmore Dryer Takes Too Long


The 7 most common part(s) or condition(s) which contribute to the symptom Dryer takes too long are listed below. Check or test each item and watch any available videos. If you are still unable to solve the problem you may need to do additional research and troubleshooting. Remember, with our 365 Days. Period.® return policy you can return any part for any reason. So, go ahead and buy it to try it. No other parts retailer offers this unconditional return policy.

For the symptom you selected, these are the most common parts or causes, ordered by the likelihood of fixing the symptom.

Other Causes and Conditions

Air Flow Problem

If the dryer takes too long to dry check the venting system. A clogged or partially clogged vent from the dryer to the outside will reduce the air flow through the dryer and greatly increase the drying time.

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Blower Wheel - Part # 687613 Mfg Part # 697772

Blower Wheel

RepairClinic Item # 687613

If the dryer takes too long to dry the blower wheel might be broken or plugged. The blower wheel in the dryer is attached to the drive motor and draws the air through the dryer drum. Remove the vent from the back of the dryer and see if the air flow is strong. If not, check the blower wheel.


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Heating Element Assembly - Part # 525502 Mfg Part # 3387747

Heating Element Assembly

RepairClinic Item # 525502

If the dryer takes too long to dry the heating element assembly may need to be replaced. The heating element assembly warms the air as it passes over. If the heating element is burned out, or any other part of the assembly is defective, it may not heat. If the dryer is slow, and the vent is clear, this is a common next item to test.


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Lint Filter - Part # 1206293 Mfg Part # W10120998

Lint Filter

RepairClinic Item # 1206293

Although not common, if the dryer is slow check the lint filter. The lint filter can get clogged with fabric softener and not allow enough air to pass through. Clean the filter of any residue that might prevent proper air flow.


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Moisture Sensor - Part # 525385 Mfg Part # 3387223

Moisture Sensor

RepairClinic Item # 525385

The moisture sensor sends a signal back to the control board as it senses moisture in the clothing. If the dryer is slow, this sensor may not be working properly and may be inaccurately sending signals back to the main circuit board.


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High Limit Thermostat - Part # 526282 Mfg Part # 3391914

High Limit Thermostat

RepairClinic Item # 526282

All dryers have a high-limit thermostat to help prevent fires and damage to the dryer. If the dryer is slow, it can be caused by a defective high limit thermostat turning off the burner prematurely. This is not common.


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Thermistor - Part # 1181075 Mfg Part # 8577274


RepairClinic Item # 1181075

The thermistor senses the temperature of the air in the dryer and cycles the heat on and off. If the dryer won't stop, the thermistor may be defective. This is not common.


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