My Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care Dryer Does Not Heat Up

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Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care clothes dryers were sold in both gas and electric models. As you use any type of tumble dryer, a variety of problems can arise. Failing to heat up is a common issue. The cause usually can be determined, and perhaps easily remedied, with a little troubleshooting. No training is required to troubleshoot minor problems with a dryer. The absence of heat can point to a need for parts replacement if simple troubleshooting steps don't resolve the problem.

  • Check the cycle selector control to make sure a heating cycle has been selected. The selector should be in an "Off" position when not in use, but it should be turned to a drying cycle when in use. On some models, make sure you are not accidentally running the dryer on the "Air" cycle, which does not use heat.

  • Check the gas supply valve to make sure it is open if your dryer is a gas dryer. If it is not open, just lift the valve open.

  • Look at your house's main breaker box to determine whether a circuit breaker is tripped. The electric dryer runs on 220-240 volts and has a double breaker. If the breaker for the heating element is tripped, the drum may tumble the clothes without heat. Turn the dryer's breakers to off, then back on; test whether the dryer will produce heat.

  • Consult a technician if troubleshooting does not resolve the problem.

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