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Whirlpool dryer - element heats, then shuts off quickly

I have a Whirlpool electric dryer, model # YLED4634EQ2 (apparently the Y is unusual in the model #??). When I try to dry a load of clothes, the element heats up (looking in the drum, I see it glowing orange in the back, through the metal screen), then shuts off after a very short time. Probably around 1 minute, if that.
It does not come back on, unless I open the door, and leave it open for a little while. If I leave the door shut, and let the dryer complete the cycle on its own, the clothes do not dry.
Should the metal grid where the heat comes out, inside the drum, get so hot in the matter of a minute that it can not be touched?
Any idea what the problem might be, and how to go about fixing it?

Thanks for any help you can offer,


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Sounds like you have a stopped up vent on your home, when the vent gets stopped up the dryer can't circulate the air properly in the dryer and causes it to get to hot which causes the high limit thermostat to kill power to the element. If you need more help with this visit the link below:
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might be a blown thermal fuse in the exhaust channel

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I would like to thank the ones who responded to giving me a 'hand' in repairing my dryer. I did like you said & changed out the coils & now the dryer is working like it should.

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Make sure that your vent tube is not kinked or crushed behind the dryer and it all this is ok then you need to change your cycling thermostat. is it gas or electric

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Is yours the gas model? If so I need you to look for some things. Open back door panel and see if while trying to light the igniter is glowing orange. Sea Breeze

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SOURCE: My dryer heats up, but the clothes dont get dry w/o 3 full cycles

Hello. sorry for your trouble, let me help you. Let me begin by saying that the most common cause for what you describe is lint partially blocking the exhaust, either in the pipe, outside where the pipe exhausts, or when you remove the pipe from the back of the dryer, in that hole.

that being said, here is a detailed explanation of all of the possible causes

It normally takes about 45 minutes for a dryer to dry a full load. If your dryer is taking more than an hour, check these.

Heating element
Internal ductwork
Cycling thermostat
Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance.

Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it.

Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

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