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Dryer Top Hot / New Heating Element Smell

Noticed top of dryer was getting hot, untouchable. Replaced heating element, and now there is a burning smell. Is the smell, because of the new heating element? Also, while I had the dryer apart, I cleaned as much lint as I could.

While running the dryer with the new heating element, I noticed the top was still getting hot, and there was a smell. Was the heating element the cause, or is it a thermostat issue?

Any assistance you can provide would be greatfully appreciated.

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  • meangreen195 Dec 30, 2008

    plenty of ventalation thermostat seems good checked temp in back of drum with heat gun running 300 degrees

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I have a amana dryer and the heating element is getting hot and really red is this normal ?????

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Any time you perform work inside a dryer, lint can get kicked around and settle on components. It is common to have a slight burning smell for a day or so. However, your dryer getting too hot to the touch concerns me. Improper air flow is the number one cause of dryer overheating problems. You may have cleaned the lint out of the interior of your dryer, but did you check the air blower and vent duct lines? In addition, was the heating elements actually bad? Or, did you assume it was bad, because your dryer wasn't drying properly? The following link can explain:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses proper ventilation. I would recommend you remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry another load. If the dryer dries more efficiently and the top panel does not get scorching hot to the touch, then you have a vent clog somewhere EXTERNAL to the dryer. If the dryer air flow exiting the dryer is weak and the dryer still gets too hot to the touch, you have a clog INSIDE the dryer.

Follow these steps, first and see what you find. If you verify your ventilation is clear and not kinked or clogged anywhere, then you might assume you have a component malfunction. I would hope to try to save you from purchasing parts you may not need. I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require additional assistance.

PS Make sure you are using semi-rigid (metal type) vent ducting. It is crush resistant, heat resistant, does not kink easily, and resists rodents. It is what most manufacturers recommend. If you haven't replaced the dryer vent in a while, this may be a good time.

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