The Kenmore Elite HE3 is 7.2 cu. ft. capacity electric dryer by Kenmore.

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Why does my dryer not keep heating after 10 minutes?

The dryer seems to be working fine until about 10 minutes when it keeps running but the heat stops and clothes will not dry because its not warm enough. Have completely replaced/cleaned hoses and lint traps but did not help.

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I have a Kenmore Elite HE3 gas dryer. Have similar problem. After removeing the toe-kick(bottom) panel I can see the flame come on.. Sometimes the flame stay on for awhile, sometimes it goes out after 5 minutes. The airways do not look blocked. I tried to remove more parts to the dryer as I actually bought a replacement thermistor thinking this was the problem. However, I am stuck at not able to disconnect all the electrical wires that are hooked together with the plastic ends (tried unsuccessfully to use a screwdriver to pry them apart ). Any advice is greatly appreciated!


i found the problem. it was the gas coils as they heat up they fail and turn off the flame. I found out they have to be replaced as a set. I hope this helps you.


I am having same problem just started a few day ago gas dryer starts up normally than loses heat i look thru hole to see ignitor glows but gas doesnt come back on till i shut off for about 10 -15 minutes than will run again with heat about 5 minutes before same thing


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Air Flow Problem

If the dryer won't stop, check the venting. A clogged or partially clogged vent will reduce the air flow through the dryer and greatly increase the drying time.

Blower Wheel

If the dryer is slow, the blower wheel might be broken or plugged. The blower wheel 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.

Heating Element

Electric dryers have a heating element which warms the air as it passes over. If the dryer is slow, this element may be burned out. The element can be checked for continuity. If it is burned out, the element must be replaced, it is not repairable.

Heating Element Assembly

If the dryer is slow, 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.

Lint Filter

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.

Moisture Sensor

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.

High Limit Thermostat

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.

Cycling Thermostat

All dryers have a thermostat to regulate the temperature of the air. If the dryer is slow it can be caused by a defective cycling thermostat. This is not common. Check the venting first before replacing a cycling thermostat. A cycling thermostat has normally closed contacts that open on temperature rise. Some thermostats have a bias or "cheater heater" built into the thermostat to add heat so the thermostat will cycle sooner to get the lower temperatures. This heater if applicable will be the smaller terminals in the center. The thermostat and heater can be checked with a meter.


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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I am reading all the above answers and the most common problem isn't listed. The gas coils. they work at the beginning of the cycle then as they heat up they fail. replace the gas coils, its easy find a you tube video on how to do it.

the gas coils are replaced as a set, one is a backup. replace them both at the same time.

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Gas coils on an electric dryer?


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I have a kenmore dryer, we have tested all the circuit and dryer still won't produce heat. It hasn't been running heat over a week and today it ran heat for a moment then stopped again

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You have a failing part that tests good when cold and fails when hot. Be careful and test when hot.


My dryer was heating until after I replaced the thermiste . Now it doesn't heat


why did you replace the thermister, what was the original problem. is it electric or gas. you need to give more information


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