It's hard to summarize the exact issue with my dryer (Frigidaire M#
GLER642AS0). First of all, it usually takes about 3 to 4 cycles to dry
a load, the dryer gets hot (the back and top get hot, especially the
back) but the drum seems to either get no heat or minimal heat. I tried
cleaning the vent but it did nothing.
Later i took the lower
back vent plate off and the tube that connects to the vent to see if it
was blowing out heat and had good air flow, i ran the entire load this
way and hot air was blowing out with good air flow. After the cycle
ended, my clothes were practically dry, so i would call that a success.
Anyways i know i cant run my dryer without the tube to the outside vent
attached, can anyone tell me why that even made any difference?
Lastly i connected the tube back and ran a short load and noticed the
top of the dryer got exceptionally hot like it normally does (which it
did not when the tube was not connected). Would this be a factor? The
back of my dryer has turned brown as well, as if its been burned. Its
been this way for a while. Oh and there was a burning smell at first
but dissipated as the cycle went on.
Sorry for all the information, trying to be thorough. Any suggestions on narrowing down my problem? Thanks!
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You need to clean the vent ducting from the point where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. The reason the dryer performed better was because it was not meeting any resistance from the ducting to push air through the exhaust on the back of the dryer. You obviously have a clog, kink, excessive bend, or a run that is too long. If you haven't had your vent ducting inspected or cleaned in a while, now would be a good time. In addition, the fact that your dryer became excessively hot WITH the ducting attached adds credence to my suspicion that your ducting is clogged or obstructed in some way. Without proper air flow the dryer will actually overheat to the point of failure. Usually the Thermal Cut-Out (also known as a Thermister) will blow. This component is designed to blow like a fuse in the event of an overheat condition and must be replaced. Running your dryer in an overheat condition not only will damage the appliance, but it can become a fire hazard. I would recommend a thorough ventilation inspection and cleaning. Make sure you are using the metallic semi-rigid ducting and NOT the plastic ducting. The semi-rigid resists crushing, kinking, is heat resistant and resists intrusion by rodents. If you have questions about anything I've explained to you, please contact me and let me know. I hope this helps.
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* Volt meter * Clean cloths * Waste bin * Replacement fuse (optional)
1. Secure the power cord in the Frigidaire dryer as well as the power outlet if the dryer does not start. Replace the fuse or reset the circuit breaker if necessary. 2. Check the fuse if there is power but no heat, as dryers need two fuses in order to operate properly. Replace the fuse if necessary. Select heated cycles if items are wet and cold after drying. 3. Open the dryer door and slide out the lint screen if the dryer seems to be taking a long time to operate. Clean off the lint and return the lint screen to the unit. Use a volt meter to check the power outlet for proper electricity, which should be 240 volts or more. Clean the exhaust hood outside the home and straighten the exhaust vent if bent. 4. Keep the load size medium and distribute pieces evenly inside the drum if items are wrinkled or damp. Increase drying time or temperature as necessary. 5. Check pockets for hard objects before putting pieces in the dryer, as items can create scratches or chips inside the drum and cause a clinking noise during use. 6. Contact Frigidaire for assistance if the problem continues.
several things to check...i usually pull the vent off of dryer and run load of cloths..if it drys ok...we know the vent was the issue..if its vented to the roof..the screen usually gets stopped up inside the hood. if it still doe's not dry with the vent off. there has to be an air circulation problem.. Check the blower wheel fitting tight enough...they come loose, but normally have noise along with it...
There are normally 2 main causes for this to happen
first if it is overheating or if it is taking to long for the dryer to dry the clothes so plese check these solutions that i have provided below ok and keep me posted on this Drying is too slowIt normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these.VentHeating elementInternal ductworkCycling thermostatVentFrequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance. Heating elementInternal ductworkYour dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged clear it using your vacuum, .Cycling thermostatAlthough this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. It overheatsUsually when an electric dryer overheats it's because of a defective cycling thermostat or a clogged vent system.
This complaint usually is attributed to clogged exhaust venting somewhere. As a process of elimination, remove the exhaust venting from behind the dryer and run your loads. If the dryer dries clothes properly, then your issue is definitely with the exhaust venting (e.g.: inside wall, attic, etc.). If possible, check the entire path of exhaust venting or contact a vent cleaning company.
Usually dryers have the exact opposite problem where the heat does not come on. Because most dryers have thermocouples (rated at 150 & 185 degrees) to prevent the dryer from getting too hot. You may have the blower fan come off of the motor. Check and see if you have air moving out of the vent. Also unplug the dryer and take the back off and inspect the area where it is getting hot. It may be some wires touching the case. Sometimes you can see the problem or smell something getting too hot. Either way be carefull. A dryer that overheats is a fire hazard!
Replace the vent tubing, sounds like something is stuck or it is crushed somewhere. So replace it for about 5 dollars and see if that works. It should since you disconnect the hose and it drys right away
When a dryer starts taking too long to dry usually there can only be one problem.
A lack of air flow.
To solve this make sure you lint screan is clean everytime you use the dryer and then check the vent in the back of the dryer. Take the vent looses from the dryer and start the dryer and feel the amount of air exiting the machine. If you do not have good air movement then you may have a blockage in the dryer or even a bad blower wheel. If the air pressure is good you may have a blockage somewhere between the dryer vent and the exhaust outside. Once you get all the lint and any little critters that may have built nests in your vent cleared out your problem should be gone. If you find that the blower wheel may be bad let me know and I can help you with the replacement. I hope this will FixYa. Please dont forget to rate me.