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Overheating dryer If I have only a couple items in the dryer it cycles the coil on and off but if I put in more clothes it just burns up.

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Re: Overheating dryer

Sounds like it is over-heating with a few items in it has more air-space in it with more items it has less air-space i would replace your thermostats this will re-solve your problem some stats go down but some just go faulty and its the faulty ones that are the problem m8

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