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Dryer overheating on timed dry/no heat settings

Frigidaire AEQB6000ES2 electric dryer was running but not producing heat. Had a repair guy come look at it and the heating element was broken. He replaced the heating element, but then the dryer started overheating, even on low heat setting or no heat setting. Additionally, the white plastic on the front control panel turned yellow and even with the door open, I could feel heat coming out of the dryer. I told repair guy what happened & tried to get him to come back to check it out, but every time he made an appointment he wouldn't show up or call so after a month and numerous missed appointments, I decided to call someone else. The new repair person I spoke with suspected that the heating element may not have been properly installed; and when he came to look at the dryer yesterday, he showed me that the coils on one end of the heating element were all bunched up with the loops touching each other. He said it couldn't be used and he had to install another new element, which I watched him do and could see how the other element wasn't properly installed. With the 2nd new element installed the dryer was still overheating when on the no heat/air fluff setting. The 2nd repair guy concluded that the new element that was put in last month started to ground causing the dryer to overheat and damage the control board, which is why it's still overheating on no heat setting. He said I could use the dryer on one of the auto settings which uses some sensor to control heat and figures out when the clothes are dry. But he said not to use dryer on a timed dry or no heat setting until the control board was replaced. Later the same day I called the first repair guy and he got really defensive and said he didn't do anything wrong. I said he's welcome to come look at it, so he said he would later in the week. I also sent him pictures I took of the heating element he had put in incorrectly. Last night I put some towels to dry on a high heat setting and the top of the dryer wasn't getting super hot like it did after heating element was replaced last month. I opened the door to check and the heat was working and towels were getting dried. I checked on the dryer several times while it was on and thankfully it still wasn't overheating. (There is a display with mins remaining, but after few mins into drying, it just shows "Ad" when using one of the auto dry settings.) Because I've typically used the timed dry setting in the past, I forgot that when using the auto settings, there is a "cool down" phase at the end of the drying cycle where I'm guessing the heat is suppose to turn off for the last few mins while clothes are still rolling around in the drum. When I went back to the dryer it was in cool down mode with 4 mins remaining on the display -- but the dryer was really hot when I touched the top and when I opened the door there was a lot of heating coming out. I just got an email from the first repair guy and he's telling me he thinks my dryer's thermistor is bad and is the reason for the overheating. Because it looks like he didn't install the element properly the first time which has now caused additional damage to the dryer I am hesitant to let him do more work on it and replace another part. To me, the explanation from the 2nd repair guy makes sense since we never had a overheating problem before (plus the outer control panel on dryer turning yellowish like it was burnt which happened after element was replaced last month). I understand that the heating element coil touching another metal part of the dryer can cause it to be grounded, which could explain the overheating, but can the element start to ground because the individual coil loops are touching each other? And could the grounded element damage the control board? Is the damaged control board the reason that with the new element put in yesterday I'm able to use dryer on auto settings without it overheating but it still gets hot on timed or no heat settings?

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    Ajay S Mar 20, 2014

    I couldn't figure out how to add pictures before, so these are pics of how the new element was installed last month. At one end of the element there is a section where the loops are touching each other.



  • Ajay S
    Ajay S Mar 20, 2014

    The yellowing that happened when dryer first started overheating after initial heating element replacement.

  • Ajay S
    Ajay S Mar 20, 2014

    This is the new heating element that was installed a couple of days ago - the one currently in the dryer

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Replace the thermostat. A very inexpensive thermocouple that is not sensing the heat anymore and caused the element to overheat. In the UK the part will cost less than five pounds!
If the element had touched the ground, your safety earth leakage breaker in the fuse box would have tripped.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

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    Ajay S Mar 20, 2014

    I don't understand how that explains why the dryer works fine and doesn't overheat when set on an auto dry setting. After the element was incorrectly installed last month (see picture), the dryer started overheating regardless of what drying cycle was selected, but with the new element installed this week it now only overheats on timed dry or no heat/air fluff settings.

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    Ajay S Mar 20, 2014

    This is a close-up of the elements loops touching each other which I was told is what caused the overheating problem

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