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Most common cause for heater overheat, and reset, is lint build up in the exhaust line, reduces air flow, the air gets hotter than designed, and resets pop.
some lint always gets past the screen and lodges in the fan and ducting and vent hood.
examine and clear the above, all the way to the wall, and problem should cease.
(2/3 chance)

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Mike, These dryers temperatures are controlled by a thermostat if the thermostat fails there will be no heat generated. Some thermostats are re-setable. If the dryer temperature becomes excessive it trips by popping out a button on the top, which can be re-set by pushing down the button on the top, until it clicks back into place. TURN OFF ALL POWER and UNPLUG THE APPLIANCE BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS OPPERATION.

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Why do I have to keep hitting the reset button to get the heat?

If the switch keeps popping, that means there is a problem that the switch is keeping from causing anything from a complete failure to a house fire. As you have asked about a "quick fix", must assume you do not have the required expertise to diagnose the different components. You should call for an appliance maintenance person to come out and fix it instead.

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Hello, Welcome to FixYa.

There is indeed a reset or hi-limit as it is sometimes referred to on the element/heater box at the back and it should have a red button in the center you can physically push with least the "nexxt" series.

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**Unplug the dryer before attempting any repair tips suggested here first**

If you`ve already taken the back of the dryer off to gain access you should have no problem. If you never have, it`ll take some time.

For resetting the hi-limit cut out, you can see through the back vent opening when the vent is removed and then by pushing the red button in...shown below


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I had the same problem. Turns out the reset button on the back of the dryer needs to be pushed; when you push the reset button you should hear a click. If you do not hear a click the problem was probably not the reset button. The button shuts down the dryer heating elements if they are getting too hot and also keeps the drum from turning unless the start button is held down.

If you push the reset button and the dryer starts to work again, I strongly recommend that you stop the dryer and investigate why the heater elements overheated. In my case there was lint/hair build up on the heater elements themselves. Extensive dryer disassembly is required to properly clean the heating elements but it is worth the prevention of a house fire. While you're at it, clean the rest of the machine and the duct work.

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