Recently we had a water problem in our laundry room which resulted from a drain clog. Water backed up in the drain and gushed out behind the washer and dryer onto the floor to a depth of maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch. The water likely splashed onto the back of the dryer and washer also. After cleaning up the water on the floor, and throwing some very wet towels in the dryer, I pushed the dryer's on button and the dryer started but then almost immediately shut down. I could find not find a "reset" button anywhere on the dryer and have tried various "tricks" to restart it since then, e.g., turn the time knob clockwise 2 or 3 times, unplug and replug the dryer's electric cord. The first time I unplugged the dryer, I noticed that the plug looked like it was somewhat scorched. I have also noticed an "electrical" smell on occasion when the dryer is actually working. I have been able to dry a couple loads of clothes but the most recent use resulted in a very strong "electrical burning smell" and I have not used it since. I removed the small access panel where the electrical cord goes into the back of the dryer but did not see any signs of shorting at the terminal. Could the cord/plug and/or receptical be bad and need replaced or is it likely to be something in the dryer's internal wiring?
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A vent less dryer, or condensing dryer, is a type of dryer that uses tap
water to dispel the heat from the dryer. This type of dryer is useful
for homes that cannot vent heat through outside sources, or for
individuals who do not want an open vent leading to the outside of
their home. Vent less dryers can also sit nearly anywhere where a drain
pipe and electrical outlet are located. Unfortunately, vent less dryers
also have several problems associated with their operation procedures.
Most vent less dryers use cold water coils to remove the heat from the
dryer and then dispose of the water through the drain pipes. This can
create condensation on and below the dryer. If too much condensation is
present, water pools may form on the ground. This can cause mold and
mildew to form. It is important to wipe up any visible condensation
quickly and to only use vent less dryers on hard surfaces.
Because of the way that vent less dryers work, the humidity in the
drying room is always high. This humidity is caused by the presence of
cold liquid combining with warm air from the dryer. The humidity can
aggravate health problems in those sensitive to humidity. Air in the laundry room may feel sticky or constantly wet.
Although vent less dryers are more energy efficient, they have longer
drying times than many vented drying systems. Most ventless dryers can
dry only half of a normal washer load, which means that the dryer will
run twice as often as a vented dryer. This cuts down on some of the
energy efficiency that ventless dryers claim.
Vent lessdryers take a very long time to dry clothing. Some ventless
dryers may take between 2 and 4 hours to dry a half load of clothes
according to Natural Resources Canada. Because of this, it can take
several days to wash a week worth of clothing.
Because of the long drying time, many vent less dryer manufacturers
recommend that laundry be washed and dried daily rather than weekly.
Even though the energy costs for a vent less dryer are lower, there is a
hidden cost to owning a vent less dryer. The vent less dryer takes tap
water to distill the heat from the dryer. Water is used every time the
dryer is operated. This will raise a homeowner's water bill.
Same problem. You need to empty the condensor. Take the bottom panel off the front of the unit. Place a LARGE towel under the dryer to catch all the water that is going to spill out. Move the 2 red tabs to the right & SLOWLY open the panel. Allow the excess water to drain into the towel, then fully open the panel. Have a bucket handy to catch the water as you remove the condensor. Slide the condensor out & drop the back end into the bucket to catch as much water as possible. Then take the condensor to the laundry tub & rinse it out thoroughly. Re-assemble. Next time you switch the dryer on, just check that you get a short burst of water from the drain hose. You will probably have to do this every 5-10 loads.
pull the dryer and check your venting you can remove the vent and run a load to see if it works ok i know the hot air will come into the room but it is just a test to see if the vent is clogged this is where the condensation would come from chweck that and let me know
Your problem may be associated with heavy accumulations of lint inside the dryer and/or ducting. If you have had a water leak recently, and the dryer ducting got wet, the lint could be sticking somewhere and forming a clog. A simple way you can determine if you have a clog somewhere is to disconnect the dryer vent hose from the dryer and start the dryer. The air leaving the dryer should be forceful and about 140 degrees (in other words...good and warm). If the air is weak and cool, you have a clog somehwere INTERNAL to the dryer. If the air is forceful and warm, check your ducting from the dryer to where it exits the house. A dryer needs proper air flow in order to dry properly. The fact that your dryer is getting very hot tells me that the heating element is heating up, but may in fact, be OVERHEATING. The dryer will not continue to run in this condition. Eventually the heating element or thermal fuse will blow. Take the time to perform these simple steps and post back with your results and/or comments. If it is not a simple clog, I can give you further advice on how to determine a cause of your problem.
NOTE: If you plan on cleaning the dryer interior, ensure you unplug the dryer from the power source. Live voltages of 220VAC are still present even with the dryer turned off.