Question about Dryers
Hey Chad, I'm going to try to help you with your dryer.
For starters it is probably not your element or at least that wasn't the initial problem. A bad element will not stop this unit from turning on, only heating.
If you can, unplug the dryer from the wall and lean the top panel back. You can do this by inserting a thin screwdriver or similar in the space between the top of the dryer and the door on the front of the appliance. There are two clamps that are a few inches from each side that you will have to push to release the dryer top. You can use a flashlight to see exactly where these clamps are.
Once this is open look in the back left corner behind the drum. There is a heating element, a thermostat above it and a fuse on the side of it. There is a chance that the fuse on the top has burned up and would need to be replaced, this is usually pretty obvious as it will actually be burnt. What happens is that the fuse quits regulating temperature and allows the element to stay on which makes things get hotter than they should.
If a wire shorted somewhere there is a good chance that your circuit breaker is blown as well. Once you make a repair you would need to turn it completely off and back on again. If the problem is still there it would probably break the circuit again, immediately most likely.
If you don't see that thermostat is bad leave an update so that someone can help you troubleshoot further. There is a chance that your motor did burn up but that doesn't normally happen out of the blue. You would usually hear an almost grinding noise each time you started the dryer.
I hope this helps somewhat, good luck.
Posted on Dec 09, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Did you clean the entire length of the vent ducting? Or, did you only clean the lint trap on the dryer and the exhaust vent outside? If you didn't clean the ducting as well, you may still have a clog somewhere causing your dryer to be "starved" for air. A dryer needs proper air flow to dry properly. One way to check is to turn the dryer on and go outside to the exhaust vent opening. Feel to see if you have sufficient air flow. If the air flow is weak, you have a clog. If not, you may have a high limit thermostat cutting off prematurely, not allowing the heating element to heat long enough. Check your ducting first and let me know if this helps.
Posted on Jul 28, 2007
SOURCE: My clothes smell burnt
If you have done any recent painting or drywall work, oftentimes the dryer will breathe these fumes and it will affect the smell of your clothes. (Just had the same problem) Maybe let the area air out and see if that corrects your problem
Posted on Dec 14, 2007
check the power cord itself, if you see on the back side of the cord a burnt or blackened spot then the cord is the issue
Posted on Apr 12, 2008
Have you checked your outside vent while it was running to see if the dryer was venting 100%. If your clothes are hot and humid I would say clean your vent pipe has a blockage and needs to be cleaned out. Also as far as the burning smell you could take the front off (unplug first) the dryer of by removing 4 screws one above and one below the latch and two at the bottom and there are two clips one at the top left and right push in with a puddy knife and lift the top up a couple inches and lift the front up off the bottom holders. Then you will have access to vacuuming the lint that is floating around the burner.
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
I think your vent has lint in the line between the wall and the outside of your house not allowing the moisture to get out
1 when the dryer is running go outside and observe the vent to see if hot air is coming out
2 Turn dryer off, disconnect electric from wall
3 pull dryer out from wall
4 take a nut driver or screw and remove the clamp that attaches the flex vent pipe to the wall
4 Also remove the flex pipe from the dryer
5 Inspect inside vent connection inside dryer for any trapped lint
6 inspect inside flex line for any lint
7 Look inside wall vent for lint you can also reach in with your hand to feel for lint
8 If you have a leaf blower or can borrow one(electric is best) from your neighbor put the snout of the blower into the vent going into the wall seal the area between the snout and the vent pipe at the wall ( i use duct tape you can use wash clothes rags etc
9 start blower and blow any lint in the line out through outside THIS WILL CLEAR THE LINT
10 Reattach the flex to the wall vent and dryer , plug in. run a load and you should be back in business
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
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