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Dryer quit after about 20 minutes drying time and would not restart. After allowing dryer to sit for about 3 hours, I tried to use it again. The heating element got really hot. (So hot that I could smell it getting hot.) Immediately shut it down. Took kick panel off lower front. Had quite a bit a bit of lint in the unit. Cleaned that out. In the area just below the electrical hookup there was some lint that looked like it had been hot. Do we need to take cover off electrical hookup and check for lint under cover? Do you think the heating element needs to be replaced? Or is there an overheating limit switch that needs to be checked out? When I first turned the dryer on it sounded like the motor had a hard time starting. Any ideas? Do you need any more info? If so, ask me some questions about something I didn't supply here.

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Do you have clothes on top of dryer? if so, i'll say it again never ever stack clothes or anything on top of it. Things on it insulate it and will overheat the machine. Yes it has a overheat linit switch but to get to it you have to take it apart and pull the drum out depending on the style of heat element you have. Some are in the back of drum and others are in a tube on the floor of the unit inside. If yours is behind the drum then drum needs to come out to check for the problem

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

  • James Chandler Mar 02, 2009

    Change your thermostat it's not telling your heat element to shut down at the right temp

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