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Frigidaire dryer overheating and shutting off mid cycle

My Frigidaire Crown Series electric dryer (model # FSEB39RGS0) is getting hot on the outside and shutting off mid cycle.  After about 30 minutes I can turn it back on and finish drying the load before it shuts off again.  I have checked for lint in the exhaust hose and into the dryer opening and it's all clear.  There is also a brown burn mark on the back of the dryer in the center, close to the top. Is this a relatively easy fix?  Thanks so much for any help!

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  • diannafinley May 18, 2009

    Thanks for the reply!
    There is air coming out the vent.

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Usually dryers have the exact opposite problem where the heat does not come on. Because most dryers have thermocouples (rated at 150 & 185 degrees) to prevent the dryer from getting too hot. You may have the blower fan come off of the motor. Check and see if you have air moving out of the vent. Also unplug the dryer and take the back off and inspect the area where it is getting hot. It may be some wires touching the case. Sometimes you can see the problem or smell something getting too hot. Either way be carefull. A dryer that overheats is a fire hazard!

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Check your venting and lint basket. Check blower for lint build up and blower wheel obstruction., test by trying to turn the wheel manually by hand (should be easy) May have to remove cabinet or front/back plate to get to it)

Next check the heating element itself with a meter for continuity OHMS CLOSED CIRCUIT. If not its defective or has a short if its grounding out? Which in turns causes blown fuses or thermostats or overheating.

Check dryer Terminal block prongs both outside prongs should give combined 220, and 110 each if u check 1 outside & 1 center (ground) prong. Also check house electrical outlet for full voltage. 220 because if u only get half or 110 volts you will be able to run the machine which uses only 110 to run motor but not the heater which uses a full 220,

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Test with a meter at room temperature and it should show continuity.
A failed moisture sensor will affect the dryer run time in the automatic moisture sensing cycle but it will not affect the heating of the dryer or the timed cycle. Which are reflected by the thermostats.

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