My dryer seems to be getting too hot. The back of the machine gets too hot to touch and the clothes that come out of the dryer are EXTREMELY hot. I'm afraid that it is a fire hazard. Any repair or checks that I could do before calling a repairman?
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Re: dryer too hot
You will want to make sure the lint screen and vent are free and clear.
If the dryer is blowing out the vent outside the house as it should, then you have a thermostat problem.
If the operating thermostat does not open properly then the element will cycle by the hi-limit thermostat which will cause the dryer to heat more than normal.
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It is normal for a dryer to get hot at certain spots.. That means that the heat is passing through close to that area..
However - if it seem too hot - check the vent hose in back and be sure it is not squished or kinked.. Also check the outside vent when it is on to be sure the aire is flowing out properly.. If not - there could be a clog in the exaust..
Vents can fool you sometimes they seem to be ok but still cause problems. Try running with vent unhooked from machine one time and see if it works ok. Check for leaks air leaks around the door or anywhere else.
Although you may feel the exhaust, the airflow my not be sufficient to dry your clothes efficiently and costing alot of money on your utility bill. A hot machine is a good indicator that this is the case. Proper airflow across the heater is important to maintain heater efficiency. If airflow is poor, the heater will overheat and eventually fail. If the vent system goes through the roof, the vent screen is probably blocked. If the vent system is longer than 10ft, there is probably lint accumulated in the pipe. Check out this site http://www.linteater.com/. Remember..the purpose of the dryer vent is to get rid of moisture. If the moisture can't be removed quickly....the clothes will take a long time to dry, no matter how much heat there is....