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My Whirlpool dryer LER3624EQ1 is overheating

I noticed an acrid burning rubber smell when the dryer was running and the hot lead of the plug was beginning to melt and the wall outlet was very hot. Then I opened the dryer and noticed that the heating element was glowing orange. I tried continuity tests on related parts and they all read correctly. My guess at this point is that it's either a thermostat or the circuit breaker. Suggestions? Paul

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  • gelugo Mar 17, 2009

    Thanks Wendystech,
    As it turns out it was only the AC cord. I replaced it and so far so good.

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If you open the dryer quick enough during a cycle, you will see the element glow. That's normal. It sounds like a belt problem. Something is causiing the drum to drag which will cause the belt not to turn as easy. This, in turn, will make the motor work harder and overamp as it is trying to move the belt but it is just sitting and spinning and burning the belt. Look for something like a rear drum bearing or tensioner pulley causing the problem. Continuity test just show that there is a complete circuit. This is confirmed by the element getting hot. Also, if you motor is not turning at the correct speed, this will slow down the amount of air being moved across the element. This will also cause excessive heating of the element.

Good luck and hope this helps.

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Check that power cord and the wall outlet the outlet may have loose or burned connections

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