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Could be bad heating element, bad high limit thermostat or bad cycling thermostat. All of which can be ohmed out with a standard ohm meter. If you replace one I would replace all of them, if you don't you will be going back in there later and replacing another one of those parts
A defective heating element can make a dryer too hot. If the element partially shorts out, it can produce heat all the time, regardless of whether the dryer is calling for heat. Remove the heating element to inspect it. The coils should not be touching each other or anything else.
Other Causes and Conditions
Air Flow Problem
Dryers need good ventilation to work properly. If the vent is clogged it can make the dryer too hot. Clean all of the vent tubing thoroughly.
Although not common, a defective cycling thermostat can make the dryer too hot. The cycling thermostat is supposed to turn on and off the heat to maintain the proper temperature. If the thermostat is defective it may keep the heat on too long. The thermostat is not adjustable or repairable, it must be replaced.
Most dryers have a felt seal at the front and rear of the drum to keep the heat inside the drum. If the felt seal is worn away or missing, the dryer may keep heating and make the dryer too hot. This is not common.
A defective blower wheel will not spin properly and will not vent the hot air, making the dryer too hot. Check to see if there is adequate airflow out of the dryer.
Most Dryers has a thermal switch that when the air flow gets so hot it will shut down the dryer until it cools down or on some models the thermal switch has to be replaced .. The most common problem to cause this is a restricted air flow somewhere in the exhaust of the heated air causing the dryer to reach too high of temp, which could cause a fire .. Hope this information is help full......
Hi. Open up the back of the dryer after unplugging it. Take a deep
breath. This is not that hard. A dryer is a very simple thing but you
need to relax and figure out what the parts are. A dryer has a very
basic parts list. The obvious I will not go into with but here goes with
the electrical in the guts of the machine. A motor to turn the drum. A
heating element. A sensor to sense high temps for safety shutoff of the
element. A blower for air. Keep in mind as you look at this that usually
power wires are black or red. You will see some wires that are attached
to a sensor and then on to the heating elements. Take a test light or
volt ohm meter and see if the high temp limit sensor is bad. This can be
a simple ten dollar one from Radio Shack. That is, it will it get
continuity through it. You may have to detach the wires on this sensor
to do this test. The sensor is usually a flattened round disc with two
leads coming out of it. Test the element same as the sensor. Take the
part where there is no continuity through them to the appliance parts
store with the model and serial number of the dryer for appropriate
parts. Maybe ten bucks. I know it sounds scary but you may learn
something and if all else fails just pickup the phone and call the
repairman. Hope this helps. good luck please rate thes
If your Whirlpool electric dryer
is having trouble heating, you should check all of the thermostats, the
thermal cut-off, all fuses and the electric heating element for
continuity and proper connection.
Hi You need to remove the back panel first then with a multi meter the easiest way is to put the meter on continuaty test (beeps when contact is made then with the dryer switched of and unplugged put one probe on the one side of the element and the other on the other side if it beeps then your element should be ok if not one of two things (1) Your element is blown or (2) there should be a fuse around the area of the back support plate it may be a normal round fuse or a ceramic round fuse or what looks like a brown rectangular piece of plastic with a wire out each side test the fuse in the same way as you tested the element if blown replace if not then put in a element.
Your dryer has a non-resettable "thermal safety fuse" part number 3392519 which stops the machine dead when the temperature near the heater gets too high. Typically a restricted vent system causes this so you definitely want to check that before replacing it. A failed control thermostat can also cause this so check the operating temp too.