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Old 10-25-2012, 05:55 PM
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My dryer will not dry a load on the first try, and when it shuts off items are still very damp. The dryer is electric and the vent has been cleaned out numerous times, all the way to the outside. Lint vent is also cleaned every time dryer is used. Could this be a thermostat problem? We use the automatic cycle on the high setting, but it works the same way on the timed setting as well.


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My dryer will not dry a load on the first try, and when it shuts off items are still very damp. The dryer is electric and the vent has been cleaned out numerous times, all the way to the outside. Lint vent is also cleaned every time dryer is used. Could this be a thermostat problem? We use the automatic cycle on the high setting, but it works the same way on the timed setting as well.
My daughter said she has not changed any setting and has dried the same amount each time/
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[quote=gysgt1994;777521]My daughter said she has not changed any setting and has dried the same amount each time. She has to put the clothes through two cycles.
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Remove the vent hose from the dryer and run one regular load.
See if that make any difference.

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Remove the vent hose from the dryer and run one regular load.
See if that make any difference.

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Simon:
I tried that for 2 loads and it made no difference, that is why I'm sure it's not a venting problem.. Any other suggestions? I think the dryer has an adjustable dryer cycling thermostat as well as another thermostat. Do you think one of these could be the problem? I have the back off the dryer and made sure everything is clean and clear. If I run the dryer and leave the door open, holding the safety switch in with my hand to make it run, I can see the heating element turn red, so I know that isn't the problem asd well. Clothes get hot, but the machine runs the complete cycle and shuts off before the lothes are dry. Switching to the timed dry option from the auto does not seem to help either.
Thanks,
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The parts breakdown for a WAL1 does not come up so following is for a WAL0. They are probably the same.
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See the attachment for your wiring diagram
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/pa...el=KEYE660WAL1

Check that the lint screen is clean. Sometimes they can get coated with fabric softener residue.

Check that the vents at the back of the drum are clean.

You could check the temperature at the exhaust
The cycling thermostat is adjustable from 135 to 155 degrees F (opening temperature.
Also it should close when the temperature drops 20 degrees from the set temperature.


Does changing the cycle temperature do anything?

I would check the heating coil.
Unplug the unit and both wires at the heating coil.
Measure the coil, should be about 10 ohms.
Then measure from each side if the coil to the frame, both should be infinite ohms.
If not you have a grounded element and it is the probable cause of the problem.
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The parts breakdown for a WAL1 does not come up so following is for a WAL0. They are probably the same.
Parts for Whirlpool KEYE660WAL0 Dryer - AppliancePartsPros.com

See the attachment for your wiring diagram
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/pa...el=KEYE660WAL1

Check that the lint screen is clean. Sometimes they can get coated with fabric softener residue.

Check that the vents at the back of the drum are clean.

You could check the temperature at the exhaust
The cycling thermostat is adjustable from 135 to 155 degrees F (opening temperature.
Also it should close when the temperature drops 20 degrees from the set temperature.


Does changing the cycle temperature do anything?

I would check the heating coil.
Unplug the unit and both wires at the heating coil.
Measure the coil, should be about 10 ohms.
Then measure from each side if the coil to the frame, both should be infinite ohms.
If not you have a grounded element and it is the probable cause of the problem.
Thanks for everyones help. I actually got the problem fixed. The vent tube inside the machine, from the bottom of the lint screen down to the blower was plugged with a large amount of lint. It was even caked onto the fins on the blower. I took the screws out and opened the vent tube and cleaned everything out well. Put it back together and dried a large load of towels and they dried on the first attempt. The exhaust to the outside is even better. More people may have this same issue and if a person isn't mechanically inclined, they may want to have a professional do this for them if they have an issue with items not drying on the first attempt.
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Thank you for shearing this information with us.

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