I have been trying to figure out what exactly is up with our Kenmore dryer. We bought it new in 1997 and it has run like a champ till now. It still heats up and the drum still tumbles. In the regular drying cycle - you set the timer for 60 minutes and about 15 minutes into the cycle, the dryer shuts off - I haven't experimented with setting it for less time, I just don't have time to fiddle with it with 7 people in the house needing clean clothes. The timer will then continue to count down to zero, but the dryer isn't running and clothes stay wet. In the permanent press cycle it works perfectly, does not shut off - continues to heat and run for the length of the cycle - so I've just been using that, not as efficient for the various load types, but they get dry.

Any thoughts? I'm thinking something to do with the timer.. .