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Dryer top gets to hot to touch, smells over heated also like the element is on over load

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This can be a dangerous situation. pull or pry the bottom cover from the front of the dryer and check for lint build up.Also make sure vent is clear.

Posted on Oct 04, 2009

Testimonial: "the vent did need to be cleaned, but the problem is still there, do you have another suggestion"

  • Dale Gildner Oct 04, 2009

    If You;ve checked and vacuumed the the compartment behind the lower panel and it stiil shows the same signs,look for an article of clothing stuck in the area between the drum and the main cabinet(doubtfull). Though usually if the vent is clogged so is something under the drum and behind the lower panel.Also check to see if you have a good amount of air flowing from the outlet,if not the outlet is still blocked.

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Have a whirlpool dryer type dwsr ele 2406026-cv54 / mod wed4900xvo , we get a burning smell on all items


  1. Ok, bare with me...
    Is there any visible SMOKE with the smell? If so turn it off and call a repairman.
  2. Verify that the clothes drum is turning freely. If it is not, call a repairman.

  3. Otherwise;
    I recommend removing all clothing from your dryer and to carefully follow these instructions.
  4. With the machine off, Clean the dryer filter well. Set dryer to the MAXIMUM heat setting on a 30 min TIMED cycle.
  5. Start the cycle.
  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.
  9. If it is uncomfortably warm to touch you should consider contacting an electrician to determine the working load of the wiring to the device.
  10. If the wiring/plug test is deemed adequately cool, ventilate the dyer area well for an hour and repeat steps 3-7, the hot - empty test again. The smell should diminish.

Lint and other clothes debris can get pulled into contact with the dryer's heating element and it will burn or smolder. If a piece of elastic rubber gets into contact with the heating element, the smell will be strong and may last a long time.
If it is still bothersome after the burn-out procedure, it will have to be taken apart and at least cleaned or the element replaced. This is not usually covered by warranty as it is considered a USER PROBLEM. Sorry.

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Dryer stay hot


It's very possible your element shorted to ground causing the element to get constant currant from the wall outlet if it was hot without running, if thats the case you need to replace the heating element.

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Changed out rear bearing and heating coil now something smells like its burning


see this causes and fix it. God bless you
Heating Element A defective heating element can make a dryer too hot. If the element partially shorts out, it can produce heat all the time, regardless of whether the dryer is calling for heat. Remove the heating element to inspect it. The coils should not be touching each other or anything else.

Heating Element Assembly A defective heating element assembly can make a dryer too hot. If the element partially shorts out, it can produce heat all the time, regardless of whether the dryer is calling for heat. Remove the heating element assembly to inspect it. The coils should not be touching each other or anything else.

Air Flow Problem Dryers need good ventilation to work properly. If the vent is clogged it can make the dryer too hot. Clean all of the vent tubing thoroughly.

Cycling Thermostat Although not common, a defective cycling thermostat can make the dryer too hot. The cycling thermostat is supposed to turn on and off the heat to maintain the proper temperature. If the thermostat is defective it may keep the heat on too long. The thermostat is not adjustable or repairable, it must be replaced.
Felt Seal Most dryers have a felt seal at the front and rear of the drum to keep the heat inside the drum. If the felt seal is worn away or missing, the dryer may keep heating and make the dryer too hot. This is not common.

Blower Wheel A defective blower wheel will not spin properly and will not vent the hot air, making the dryer too hot. Check to see if there is adequate airflow out of the dryer.
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Dryer was running and sparks flew out the back


probably the heating element had a hot spot in the coil of the element and it either sagged from heat and touched the case of the dryer and arced which threw sparks or it just separated with the same results

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The dryer is hot to the touch inside the drum


two issues the heat thermal relay or the fan motor quit working you can go to www.appliancepros.com and look up the parts list for your model.

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Dryer smells hot and back panel near heating


your duct is clogged or the limit snapstat is not working. turn dryer on and go outside to the duct vent , their should be a minimum temp of 10 degrees, and a maximum 15 degrees outside. also sometimes just cleaning the lint from inside the dryer, can cause this smell for no more than 5 minutes. thanks karl

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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...


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.

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We just bought this dryer and after drying a load I touched the top of the dryer and it was incredibly hot? is this normal?


Check your vent it may be stopped up this will cause the top to get overly hot and the bearing to squeak

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Dryer Top Hot / New Heating Element Smell


Any time you perform work inside a dryer, lint can get kicked around and settle on components. It is common to have a slight burning smell for a day or so. However, your dryer getting too hot to the touch concerns me. Improper air flow is the number one cause of dryer overheating problems. You may have cleaned the lint out of the interior of your dryer, but did you check the air blower and vent duct lines? In addition, was the heating elements actually bad? Or, did you assume it was bad, because your dryer wasn't drying properly? The following link can explain:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses proper ventilation. I would recommend you remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry another load. If the dryer dries more efficiently and the top panel does not get scorching hot to the touch, then you have a vent clog somewhere EXTERNAL to the dryer. If the dryer air flow exiting the dryer is weak and the dryer still gets too hot to the touch, you have a clog INSIDE the dryer.

Follow these steps, first and see what you find. If you verify your ventilation is clear and not kinked or clogged anywhere, then you might assume you have a component malfunction. I would hope to try to save you from purchasing parts you may not need. I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require additional assistance.

PS Make sure you are using semi-rigid (metal type) vent ducting. It is crush resistant, heat resistant, does not kink easily, and resists rodents. It is what most manufacturers recommend. If you haven't replaced the dryer vent in a while, this may be a good time.

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Open the service panel and check that the heating element is clear from any lint on it. Be awre you should unplug the power cable before touching the heating element. Good luck!

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