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Electric dryer shutting off

The dryer shuts off after getting hot, then after it cools down it will start back up when start button is pushed, but only runs for about a minute untl it shuts off again

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  • rss3081 Sep 22, 2008

    I tried this but the dryer continues to do the same thing

  • rss3081 Sep 27, 2008

    I cleaned what lint there was out of the dryer by tarting the dryer and allowing the list to blow out the back. Then I cleaned out the hose from the dryer to the outside of my home. The dryer continued to to shut off after heating up.

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    I'm having the same prolem.

  • amyandcliff Nov 20, 2008

    my dryer shuts off after 10min too open dryer door and it is very hot the dryer is going to take dryer apart it probably is stoped up and not getting proper ventalation so the thermo switch shuts it off for saftey reasons . if it still does it after i clean it out any other suggestions. I'm thinking the therm cut off could be bad. What is the best place to buy dryer paarts online Thank you for you time

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    i have the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    Did all that. Still have the problem. Even took the back off, cleaned the fan housing, which wasn't that dirty, cleaned lint filter chute, exhaust hose all the way through. Is there some kind of thermostat that might be causing the overheating? Shuts off after a few minutes, really hot and sounds like it has tennis shoes in it while it's running.

  • slaughter700 Apr 26, 2009

    My Electric dryer runs and then shuts off after it heats up. i have to wait till it cools down. before it will run again. Is it maybe the heating element and are they costly to fix. My husband thinks it may be the lint . I think it is the heating element. Any suggestions



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It sounds like a thermal breaker is engaging and then automatically resetting once it cools off. I'm guessing that if you were to feel the dryer when it was running, it is really hot.

The most likely problem is that the exhaust vent for the dryer is plugged up with lint either within the dryer itself or in the part that is in your wall and exits someplace outside (could be as far as the roof). When the hot air can't escape the dryer overheats and shuts off to prevent a fire.

You might have to take apart the dryer to get at the blockage if it is there but try this first. Unplug the dryer. Make sure that it is cool. Pull it away from the wall. Disconnect the vent hose in the back. Stick your hand in the opening and start pulling out lint. Once you get everything out you can, plug the dryer back in - leaving the hose off - and turn it on. A bunch of lint will blow out. Let the dryer run and see if it shuts off. If not, then you know there is no problem with your dryer.

The next step is to clean out your vent lines. Depending on where they run and how long the run is, this could be a difficult.

When you are all done, connect it all back up.

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  • AndrewWro Sep 23, 2008

    Looks like you must have received both suggestions at the same time. Otherwise, I don't see how you could have marked one as inappropriate.

    You state that you have "tried this" but what exactly did you do? Provide some more information and you may still receive some help.


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Most likely cause is the air duct is blocked with lint, some always gets past the screen and builts up in the exhaoust line. not enough air flow, the air gets hotter than normal and trips the over temperature cutout.
for most dryers
clear the fan, and exhaust ducting all the way to the wall, and the outside vent hood, of lint

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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    AlmostBob Sep 27, 2008

    you may have 'tried this' but obiously you did not complete 'this'

    there is no other cause for overheat and shut down that is resettable on cool down, any other cause the unit will not work until components are replaced

    do 'this' again, properly

    from the drum to the wall, clear all lint from fan housing and impeller


    wall exhaust hood

  • AlmostBob
    AlmostBob Sep 27, 2008

    not suffient, yet, but getting closer

    if there was lint in the outer end of the duct of the dryer, there is lint in the fan housing and impeller, the fan is close tolerance, lint will build up in it and block it

    the fan is blocked

    open the case

    open the fan housing

    clean the fan housing and impeller

    or you can NOt clean out the lint and the dryer looks like this



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