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My dryer is getting too hot and burning up new parts replaced

My friend has replaced the heating element and some other parts twice in the past two months. Last time he changed all the parts, he told me the dryer was getting too hot and burning up the parts. Sure enough, about three weeks later, the dryer was tore up again.

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More then likely oyu have an issue with your venting, not properly venting the unit will allow it to overheat causing all sorts os issues.

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