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Seems like my dryer gets over heated and quits working

Last weekend when I was drying my clothes. The dryer stop and it was extremely hot so I open the door to let it cool down. After a couple of minutes I tried to start it again and it would not turn on at all. So I checked the breaker box. It did not trip the breaker so I decided to let it cool off for an hour. After an hour, I hit the start button and it started to work again only lasting about 20 minutes and it stop again.

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It appears your Controller/Timer has failed in this instance.

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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


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Most likely you have a clogged or crushed vent hose. Replace or clean hose and your problem will be fixed.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

  • Kevin K Jan 27, 2009

    Most likely you have a clogged or crushed vent hose. Replace or clean hose and your problem will be fixed.

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