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Dryer back over plug is too hot, smells like its burning, burns to touch, what's up? Just started, nothing unusual with the loads of clothes or anything...just when it heats up, it is way too hot...

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Sorry to hear that. Your Dryer is now a fire hazard. Somehow it is using a lot of current (perhaps a faulty motor or the heat element have a short circuit). I do recommend you stop using the dryer immediately and request a technician to determine why the appliance is taking a lot of current.

I have seen a similar problem before, it was caused by a wire that came off from a bra and stuck in the heating element.

Don't wait for an accident just to save some bucks.

Good luck.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009


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  1. Ok, bare with me...
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  2. Verify that the clothes drum is turning freely. If it is not, call a repairman.

  3. Otherwise;
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  6. Make close observations in short intervals of time.
  7. At the end of your timed cycle determine if the smell has changed more or less.
  8. With the dryer off, Locate the electrical socket/plug of the device if it is an electric machine. place your hand on it to determine it's temperature. It should be no more than Luke-warm to touch.
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