My Kenmore Stackable Dryer Will Not Heat Up


Kenmore is a brand of appliances sold by Sears. This brand offers both gas and electric stackable dryers. Stackable laundry systems save you space in your laundry room because you can stack one on top of the other. If your dryer is not heating or not heating properly, try repairing this problem on your own to save on service fees.

Not Drying At All

  • Your Kenmore dryer may run but not heat if a household fuse is blown. Your home either has two fuses or a circuit breaker. The dryer usually can still run if only one fuse is blown, but it won't produce heat. Check the fuses and replace any that are burnt out. If the circuit breaker has tripped, turn it back on. Verify that the gas supply line is fully open if you own a gas dryer.

Drying Insufficiently

  • If your dryer is running, but not drying sufficiently, clean the line screen, exhaust hood and exhaust vent. When these items clog with dirt and debris, they restrict air flow. Remove any item blocking the outside exhaust hood and any fabric softener sheets clogging the lint screen grille. All dryers require a 4-inch in diameter metal vent to properly heat your dryer. Get a new vent if the vent is too small or too long. Use the chart that came with your manual to determine if your exhaust vent is the right length. Ensure that the dryer has enough clearance for proper air movement. You need at least 5 inches of clearance on the back of the machine. Only operate your Kenmore dryer in an area that is at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

No Power/Internal Components

  • If your dryer isn't running at all, verify that the power cord completely fits into the outlet. Do not use an extension cord. Completely close the dryer door, select a cycle, and press the "Start" button to begin the cycle. If the cycle still won't start, see if you are using the correct fuse. Kenmore dryers require a time-delay fuse. If your dryer still won't run or heat, you may have an issue with an internal component. Check the thermal fuse, which is located on the exhaust duct. Replace it if black or burnt out. Examine the internal wiring and heating element. Change out any element that is corroded or blown.


  • Your Kenmore dryer may heat, but have trouble drying your clothing if they are too wet. This is usually due to your washing machine not spinning correctly or at all during the spin cycle. Check your washing machine to determine if it is spinning fast enough. Do not overload the washing machine as this can hinder the spin cycle. Do not overload the dryer or pack clothing too tightly in it. If not, clothes can't tumble freely, which helps with the drying process. Expect longer drying times if you use a cold water rinse in the washing machine. Always use a heated drying setting and not a fluff- or air-dry setting.

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