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Whirlpool Dryer extremely hot

When the dyer is plugged to the power source, the dryer gets extremely hot. It has even melt the plastics in side the dryer. I took the back off and cleared all lint issues. There was nothing blocked. I did find a thermal component burnted out. Two red wires were hooked up to it. I may replac the part but it really seems like the heater element is running wide open. The component is on the bottom of the heater element. Do you have any suggestions?

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If your dryer heating element does not cycle, you may have a bad high limit thermostat. The thermostat is used to regulate the internal temperature of the dryer and should cycle the heater on and off. The thermal cut-out is supposed to prevent the dryer from overheating and will blow like a fuse. It is a non-resettable device and must be replaced. It is strongly recommended that you replace both these components at the same time if you have found one of them to be bad. Both of these components will be mounted on the heater box housing. Usually the thermostat is the component closest to the ceramic terminals of the heating element. Most manufacturers sell these two components as a set. The dryer temperature at the exhaust on the back of the dryer should be about 140 degrees. If the temperature is excessive to the point where it is melting things and the cabinet is too hot to touch, make sure the heater is regulating as it should. I would use some extreme caution about using your dryer until you have this problem corrected. I would not use it under any circumstances if you are not going to be home, or if you are going to bed. Dryers are one of the number causes of fires in homes. Good luck to you and let me know if I can help any further.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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