When I was out blowing leaves last weekend, I tried to clean out my outside dryer vent with my blower.
Soon thereafter the same day, I noticed that my HotPoint dryer was not drying clothes. Drum is turning, but no heat inside, and not good airflow out the back.
I have cleaned out the vent hose completely, and have opened up the back completely, and have vacuuumed out ALL of the accumulated lint that I can find. There was a lot was as I had never opened the back before.
Still no heat. The dryer is overheating, particularly it seems right under the left side of the control panel. I have opened up and see no immediate issues inside the control panel, and so the problem must be right under the LH side of the control panel. Any idea what this could be? It gets very hot very fast, within 45 seconds or so, - so hot that you have to shut it down.
Dryer seems to run OK if I run it on Fluff, but again I do not seem to be getting good airflow out the back, even after cleaning everything out. I cannot see any issues or blockages inside the dryers exhaust vent - I vaccuumed this out. THX for any help or tips you can provide.
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when the thermal fuse or the high limit pops it's because the dryer is running to hot,all a dryer does is move air,when one of the fuses pops it's from a block from lint either in the lint filter duct or the vent line,if the air can't blow outside or out of the dryer the fuse will blow.if your vent line is long remove it from the back of dryer and stick a leaf blower into the vent line and blow all the lint outside,make sure there isn't a cage or anything blocking the outside hood,then pull out the lint filter,take the dryer apart,remove the lint filter duct and clean it out,also vac and blow out the cabinet and motor,you should do this once a year,your clothes will dry on time,less parts will get damaged from overheating ,your electric bill will be less and most important you won't have a dryer fire.hope this helps,the fuse will keep blowing until you clean out the dryer and vent line.
doesn't matter what kind of dryer you have,you should clean it out or have someone clean it out at least once a year more so if it's gas so you don't have a fire on your hands,unplug dryer, go outside and make sure nothing is blocking the air flow and outside flapper is blowing fully open and clean out the vent line, disconnect vent line from the back of dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower if it's a long run just stick the leaf blower right in the vent line that you disconnected from the back of dryer and blow out to the outside vent hood,vac out the inside of dryer and clean out the duct where the lint filter slides into,a shop vac works great because the other end of it has a blower on it,blow the lint off the motor and blow the lint that's in the back of dryer so the lint comes to the front so you don't have to remove the drum and don't run the dryer or any other appliance if you are leaving the house
when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer and the vent line?next time send the brand name and model number off of the machine,just cleaning off the lint filter isn't good enough,you should have the dryer taken apart,clean the duct that the filter slides into,vac out the cabinet where the motor is and if the vent line is a long run from the back of the dryer to the outside you can remove the vent line from the back of the dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower,as long as there isn't a cage or anything on the outside hood stick the leaf blower in the vent line and blow the lint outside,also while you have the vent line off the back start the dryer and make sure you feel air blowing out the back of the dryer,if it doesn't you could have a problem with the blower wheel the dryer should be cleaned out at least once a year if it's gas and once every 1 1/2 to 2 years if it's electric.hope this helps and good luck with your dryer.
With most Hotpoint/GE dryers the blower motor is not spin by a belt. The problem is unlikely the blower motor. The problem is lint in the air ducts and in the blower housing. The lint results in overheating and the high limit switch cuts off the power to the heater (burner or element depending on the model). As a result the dryer does not heat up.
Access the heating group and remove lint from the air ducts. Also clean the lint filter.
Hotpoint appliances are built by GE. Below service manuals for different GE-manufactured dryers:
if the lint is damp then the air isn't moving out the vent line,unplug the dryer, go outside and make sure the hood is clear, then go back inside and remove the vent line from the back of the dryer,if the vent line is long i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,just stick it into the vent line and blow it so all the lint will go outside,if you could have someone watch the outside and they can let you know when the line is clear,also the duct that the lint filter slides into should be cleaned out and you should vacuum out where the motor is,you have an open flame inside the dryer and the lint can and will catch fire if it's not cleaned out,i do this to my dryer once a year,the clothes dry on time,no fires and the parts in the dryer last longer from being cleaned and the dryer isn't overheating and damaging the motor and other parts from running to hot.let me know how you make out
sounds like the motor is overheating and probably needs to be changed out.when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer and how old is it?the dryer should be taken apart and cleaned out once a year if it's gas and once every two years if it's electric.there's an open flame in a gas dryer and i've seen the lint catch fire in some of them.you should clean out the outside vent,if the vent line is a long run from the back of the dryer to the outside vent i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and with a shop vac i blow out the motor and vac out the cabinet where the motor is and blow out the gas tube,the lint builds up on the dryer motor,overheats it and all the oil in the motor dries up,you can see it on the back of the drum and around the motor,you'll see lint stuck onto the back of the drum stuck in the oil and like a yellow stain on the frame and wall where the motor is and the motor starts overheating and cuts out when it gets hot,when it cools it will start again but one of these times it wont start at all.sometime you'll hear a loud buzz when you try to start it.the motor is easy to change,you need to decide if you want to put money into the dryer or change it out,good luck
it's overheating,you could have a bad motor or the dryer just needs to be cleaned out,when was the last time you cleaned it out? try disconnecting the vent line from the back of dryer and run it for a while,you should see a difference but you'll still need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into unplug the dryer first,vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is and if the vent line is a long run from the back of dryer to the outside vent i use a leaf blower to clean out the vent line,just make sure the outside vent isn't blocked with anything because if it is the vent line can pop.you should clean the dryer once a year,your clothes will dey on time,less parts will go on you and you won't have to worry about dryer fires
when was the last time you cleaned the dryer?try removing the vent line from the back of dryer to see if any air is blowing out,also is the dryer noisy?you could have a bad blower wheel.you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and behind that duct you'll find the blower wheel,also vac out the dryer where the motor is and if the vent line is a long run from the back of dryer to the outside i use a leaf blower to blow it out,make sure the outside vent isn't blocked with anything before you blow the vent line out,send model number if you need help getting the blower wheel part number if that's your problem,you should clean the dryer at least once a year so you don't have a fire,good luck
if it's heating and cycling try running it with the vent line off the back of dryer,also go outside and make sure the flapper is opening and nothing is blocking it,when was the last time you cleaned the dryer?you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is and if you have a long vent line from the back of dryer to outside vent i use a leaf blower to clean out the line,also if you have a shop vac blow off the motor and you can blow all the lint from the back of the inside of dryer to the front so you don't have to remove the drum
Before ripping into the dryer, with the dryer running, check the vent outside. There should be a rather strong air flow. I'll bet you have little or maybe no air flow. Check behind the dryer to make sure you don't have squished flex duct. If you have flex pipe, try running the dryer for a few minutes with the dryer pulled out into the room to stretch the vent out, and check outside airflow again. Try to eliminate all or as much of the flex stuff as you can, replacing it with aluminum dryer vent pipe. (tape joints with foil duct tape) Clean out remaining dryer vent. (there are special brushes you can buy to clean out vents, but they really only work on ridgid pipe.)