Question about Dryers
More then likely the element itself is shorted to ground within the housing that it is in.
For this to happen one end of the element would have to be live
with 120vac and the short will complete the circuit to creat heat.
usually the timer and motor switch will stop feed to both ends of the element but not always.
leaving the timer in a heating position,with the short will do this
if the problem is intermittent .
the motor would be the least of my suspicions
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
First thing to check for is blocked airflow. Check the dryer as well as the venting from the back of the dryer to the outside of the house good airflow is neccessary. You could remove the venting from the back of the dryer and run a load to see if that helps. Do not leave it off as it is exhausting lint and if a gas dryer spent fuel.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
SOURCE: Dryer will not dry clothes
Check the 4" exhaust vent and make sure that it's not blocked. If there's no flow all the heat will back up in your dryer....
A "webster" pole duster works great for cleaning the vent pipes out...
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
This may sound a bit over simplified but when a dryer starts to get hot inside it is a sign of an airflow problem.
Start with the outside vent flapper. Check to see if there is lint build up on the flapper / louvers.
Pull off the vent hose and check for lint build up. If the vent hose is a flexible plastic hose they have a tendancy to clog with lint in the sprials and then the lint contines to build up until airflow is restricted.
After checking external vents and ducts next remove the lint filter. If you use dryer sheets wash the filter with white vinegar to remove the build up. It may appear clean but the material from the dryer sheets clogs the filters.
In the area around the lint filter check the ducting / air passages for lint build up and clean it.
In the process of all the cleaning do NOT use anything sharp. A vacuum crevice tool and a Looped metal coat hanger do wonders for cleaning assistance.
Before you reconnect the dryer vent try running the dryer with a light load of anything wet to see if it drys properly with the vent disconnected. After that reconnect the vent and repeat the same drying test to see if the drying times are close to the same.
This should solve your hot dryer problem.. If it does not then respond here and we can talk about taking your dryer apart.
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the air flow out of the dryer it should be a very high volume.
Posted on Mar 15, 2010
Testimonial: "Sounds like a good idea with the vinegar. I try that first. I already checked the exhaust and it was clear. "
SOURCE: my dryer is a hotpoint
If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have nottaken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then youneed to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should takeplace. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causesfor your dryer to fail.
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Posted on Aug 14, 2011
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If you have already cleaned the vent then the problem is with the Thermal fuse. When the thermal fuse goes bad it cannot be reset and replacing it is recommended repair. It is located on the blower wheel housing inside the rear panel to the exhaust duct. You can test it for continuity before replacing. Please get back to me if you have any other questions.
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