Usually if the heating element failed, it would not heat (at all).quote:Originally posted by teraluver
...air coming from the exhaust vent outside is hot and moist... I think it is the heating element.
It doesn't need to be absolutely plugged to cause drying problems.quote:The vent hose was not clogged
On an electric dryer a simple method of absolutely ruling out the venting as a possible cause of drying problems is to totally remove the venting from the dryer for a load or two to see if drying improves. If drying does improve, you can be certain that the vent is (at least part of) the problem.
You can read about dryer venting at the following link:
- How long can my dryer vent be?
LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=778
As I said, if the element was the problem it would usually be open (broken) and not generate any heat at all. It could be broken and shorted to ground and only getting 1/2 as hot as it should but that would be unusual and such a failure would frequently cause the element to continue to heat even when the dryer was off. (Very dangerous!)quote:My question is, if it is still heating up will it give false readings when I check the voltage and ohms?
IMO I think you should try the vent test first then get back to us if drying doesn't improve so we can suggest other possible causes.
BTW. Have you noticed the clothes coming out of the washer any wetter than normal recently? Maybe it is the clothes washer just not spinning properly and not a problem in the dryer at all??
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PS. If you need further assistance please post the dryer's complete *model number* so we can find out how it was designed (they're not all the same) and what components it uses which might contribute to drying problem.