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Dryer works for only a few seconds but then shuts off

I recently had my basement flooded and my dryer got a lot of water in it. It will work for a few seconds if I hold down the start switch but then it seems to trip a circuit breaker in the dryer somewhere. If I hold down the start button for about 5 seconds you can smell a hot smell coming from the bottom of the dryer. I tested the start switch and one of the fuses with a DMM and they tested fine. I took the motor out and saw some corrosion from the water and I cleaned it off, then reinstalled the motor and it's still doing the same thing. This is a relatively new dryer so everything should still be working except for the water that got into it may have done something to it but I can't seem to find the source of the overheating.

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  • rgagen76 May 14, 2009

    There's no water anywhere in the dryer, I turned the think upside down and felt inside the vent but no moisture at all. The burning smell does come from the vent area though. It does seem like the safety shut off clicking. I wonder if there is a short somewhere on the motor or something causing too much voltage to get to the motor and tripping the safety shut off... 


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You probably still have water collected and trapped in the vent somewhere leading to the safety shutoff. I would unplug it and remove any connections to the dryer and then turn the unit upside down to see if any more water drains out of it that was trapped.

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