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I have a Kenmore 110.97195120 gas dryer (electronic/propane), 30 years old. Lately, I've found it to overheat and shut down when in the permanent press setting (lowest heat/highest drying). I can set it on knit/delicate, and it seems to dry fine. I opened the dryer up and cleaned the little bit of lint I could find, along with cleaning the already clear vent pipe, and nothing seems to change. I have the Part No. 3395267 Rev. B Parts List (in case there is a more current part list). It appears a part will need to be replaced. Please help me identify what part to replace. There are two part numbers for the thermistor (3390292) and Thermostat High-Limit 205°F (3388697) which appear to be the same part in the diagram. Thank you.
 

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These could be the replacement parts since the dryer was made by Whirlpool: I'd replace both.

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Maybe one of the Sears repair guys (A&E) will see this and solve easily.
 

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Hopefully, they will see this. Thank you for responding. There is also a radiant sensor (part# 338906), but I fear the problem might be with the electronic brain in the touchpad, as it dries fine in other settings.
 

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, but I fear the problem might be with the electronic brain in the touchpad, as it dries fine in other settings.
Only a tech with special equipment can test this, however if it's scorched, then that's what to replace.
 

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OK, let me clarify what's happening. Though the other settings work fine, when I set the dryer to permanent press (high dry/low heat), the gas burns too long, overheating the dryer and causing the high temp sensor to shut the whole machine down. I can reset it to air dry, and that works. I can reset it to knit/delicate, and that finishes the drying cycle. It only prevents it from working on the permanent press setting. It's just seems the high temp regulator doesn't work on permanent press.There is no lint in the lint filter, fan, dryer and metal vent pipe. Which part regulates the heat for permanent press only, or could the lead to the permanent press setting be faulty, while everything else works fine?
 

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Everything mentioned throughout this thread is a possibility., but the cycling thermostat is the most likely suspect.
 

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Did you check the obvious? I just cleaned out the critter screen on the side of my house because the drier stopped working. It was totally filled with lint balls and had stopped the airflow.
 

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I don't have a critter screen for that reason. Mine just has a metal flap. I place a magnet on the flap when I'm not using the dryer and take it off when I am using it. Before I started doing that, a critter did get inside and ate up my blower fan.
 

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Not a solution, sorry.
But i just had to write about how much of an American thing having a "Critter Screen" is.
I almost fell off my chair laughing. Never heard of such a thing!

Sorry to be off topic...
 

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But i just had to write about how much of an American thing having a "Critter Screen" is.
I almost fell off my chair laughing. Never heard of such a thing!
Without it, the birds make nests in the vent. The flaps are no impediment, I've watched them open one and go in to build their nests. Not sure why it would be just an "American Thing", don't you have birds where you live?
 

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Not a solution, sorry.
But i just had to write about how much of an American thing having a "Critter Screen" is.
I almost fell off my chair laughing. Never heard of such a thing!
The House Sparrow is the bird which likes dryer vents. Since it's been released in Australia, the problem exists there too.
 

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Without it, the birds make nests in the vent. The flaps are no impediment, I've watched them open one and go in to build their nests. Not sure why it would be just an "American Thing", don't you have birds where you live?
I'm not sure that "dryer vents" are a big thing over here. Remember we have very few places that are consistently at or below zero degrees Celsius.
My dryer is barely used and vents directly into the laundry.
Mind you, I do live on an acre in a rural area and these two "critters" are more our issue;

And the ever present danger.....
 

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