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Re: overheats and sets clothes on FIRE
Sounds as if your experiencing an air flow issue, check your venting.. it would be normal to see a red glow from the right side vents with in the drum( its heating up after all, and its merely a reflection form the heater located on bottom of frame, no way its gonna heat entire drum to "red hot")
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Could be one of the "overheat thermostat switches" has failed, or is failing. Could also be a big buildup of lint inside the machine (where you cannot see it) causing the switches to trip. In the back or the bottom of the machine are from 3 to 7 "overheat thermostat switches" that are put there to prevent fire. When the get hot, if they are bad, they will shut off the dryer until they cool off. Kinda sounds like one is "trippin' ". If you choose to fix it yourself, you'll need a good electrical test instrument and several tools to take it all apart. A question to "fixya" might get someone to tell you how step-by-step. Be blessed.
Not a major appliance expert--but if the situation is as described with hot air out vent but not in the drum where the clothing is it seems to me you have a blockage between the drum and lint filter to where it reaches the vent tube---they do make long flexible brushes for this-----a suggestion: if you have a compressor try forcing air down from the lint filter with the vent tube removed to see if the blockage is there and will clear or not.
A blockage can be a fire hazard so if you do not find it have a tech out.
BE SURE TO UNPLUG YOU MACHINE FROM THE WALL BEFORE YOU START ANY WORK.
Your problem could be a Thermostats/Thermistors malfunction. But this overheat condition also could be caused by a buildup of lint in the duct work, or a faulty blower motor/fan blade. This will cause an overheat condition that you describe. You will have to locate the air tube that is going to the dryer drum. Some general area the heater is located. Is also where you will find most of them. They normally are round/oval shaped and have two wires connected to them. Take off the wires and with an Ohm meter set to "continuity" check your thermostat/thermistor. If you have continuity across the terminal it is not faulty. Be sure to check all of the thermostats/Thermistors. If this is not your problem then it will be the Control board if you have one on your machine. Look for the fan blade to be in the air tube going to the dryer drum.
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it is either the coil is going bad or the thermo safety is bad, there should be a wiring diagram(usually located in the back of the dryer behind the knobs, just unscrew the back plate) and you will see the safety limit. You can bypass and see if that is the problem, if it is make sure to get a new one as if you leave it bypassed and use it down the road it may cause a fire. Hope this helps tim
check the high limit switch/thermostat on the burner housing and if they are weak they will cycle the heat off too soon and it wont build the heat you have it set for,just bypass it with a jumper wire to test it,if this is the problem,dont leave it bypassed,replace it as it is a safety feature to prevent a fire
The number one cause of dryer heat related problems is poor exhaust ventilation. If the dryer can't exhaust properly, the moisture is retained in the dryer drum and your clothes stay wet, longer. A dryer in a clogged or poorply ventilated state can also cause the heating circuits to overheat to the point of failure. The dryer will actually seem hotter as the heating circuits begin to overheat. This can also become a fire hazard if not resolved. Read through the link provided and review some of the potential causes. Hopefully, this may save you a service call.
If you still have problems, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
Your problem sounds like it could be the thermostat/thermistor.
If you plan to try to repair the problem yourself, then the first thing you want to do is unplug the dryer from the electric. Remove the back of the machine and try to locate the air tube going from the blower to the drum. Normally inside the air tube you will find the heating coil and the thermostats/thermistor.
You can check the thermostat/thermistor by removing the two wires and taping them together with electrical tape.Reassemble the air tube and plug back in the dryer.Turn on the dryer.
If the heater coil get red and very hot, then you will have to replace the thermostat/thermistor because they are falulty. DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES TAPED TOGETHER AFTER THE TEST. This could cause a fire, as you have removed the saftey of overheat from the machine. Good Luck, Hope this helps
do you have clothes on top of dryer? if so, i'll say it again never ever stack clothes or anything on top of it. Things on it insulate it and will overheat the machine. Yes it has a overheat linit switch but to get to it you have to take it apart and pull the drum out depending on the style of heat element you have. Some are in the back of drum and others are in a tube on the floor of the unit inside. If yours is behind the drum then drum needs to come out to check for the problem