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Dryer gets hot to the touch

I recently moved to a condo and discovered that the existing dryer hook-up is a 3 prong plug. So i swapped out my dryer's 4 prong cable for a 3 prong cable. I took care to hook it up correctly per the instructions. I made sure to ground the dryer frame to the center post ETC... I went to use it and the top right back corner and the backside of the dryer get extremely hot and... the clothes take for ever to dry. FYI. Could something have happened during the move?... could I have hooked up the new power cable incorrectly? any suggestions? thanks

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  • mitdrum Jan 15, 2009

    I should have mentioned that I checked the venting and that is all clear. there seems to be pretty good flow air coming out of vent outside the condo.

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    mitdrum - did you ever get the problem fixed? I have the same issue

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If you didn't install new venting I'd start by checking the vent hose from the back of the dryer to the outside vent hood to make sure there is no blocked airflow. Could be something else but that is where I'd look first. Good Luck.

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Under the new Codes2_bing.gif...all dryers (and stoves/ovens) must now be 4 wire....having a seperate neutral and ground wire in NEW construction. In decades past, the neutral was allowed to serve as both - the neutral and ground - typically by means of a solid metal strap or wire strap that bonded that connection to the metal frame of the dryer. This sounds as if it is the case in your existing dryer...which was typical.

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