Question about Whirlpool Dryers
A great many heat related problems with dryers are attributed to poor ventilation. The following link explains:
Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses your dryer ducting. Cleaning the lint trap often is not enough to keep accumulations of lint from building up inside your dryer air blower housing and/or associated exhause ventilation. Use the advice I've given on how to quickly determine if you have a blockage internal to your dryer or external. Vent lines that run through an attic or under a crawl space are the worst, because they create resistance for the blower motor to work against. With an attic line, you have gravity working against you, because the blower has to force the air upward and out. In a crawl space, you have sags in the line working against you that create choke points for lint to accumulate. Also, it is recommended that you leave the dryer about a foot away from the wall so that you do not crush the vent hose. Make sure you use the semi-rigid metal type of ducting because it resists crushing, rodent infestation and is heat resistant.
The reason I'm pinging on your ventilation is because you stated that the dryer is getting warm. This indicates to me that the heating circuits are trying to work. If the dryer is left in its current state, however, the heating circuits will actually overheat to the point of failure. Before assuming you have a failed component, I would recommend a little maintenance on the dryer interior and vent lines just to be sure. I hope this helps you. Let me know if you require additional assistance.
Posted on Oct 07, 2008
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