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This dryere is overheating and the vents free of debris. What else could be causing it?

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Check the cycling switch in the element case,it turn on and off the element as needed for heat,you can remove wires and check it with a continuity tester,it should show continuity ,then heat it with a match and listen for a click sound,then you should show infinity on the meter or open,its just a bi-metal switch

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Identification of Dryer Problems

Signs that an electric dryer may need some repairs include the dryer not heating, clothing not drying fast enough, overheating of the dryer, the door not locking shut and the dryer not starting at all. Any of these are signs of an underlying problem that can usually be solved without the help of a repairman.
Effects of Dryer Issues

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Our dryer keeps overheating and then shutting off with an e66 service code. we have had a reputable repair man out twice. he replaces numerous parts but then the dryer did the same thing after 4 uses. we...

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Troubleshooting Your Dryer
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Why is my Whirlpool Cabrio dryer saying AF instead of the Mins.?


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According to the manual....

"AF (low airflow condition):
The dryer will continue to run when this diagnostic code is present. Press any key to clear the code from the display and return to the estimated time remaining.

Try the following:

1. Clean lint screen.

2. Check to see if the vent run from the dryer to the wall is crushed or kinked.

3. Confirm the vent run from the dryer to the wall is free of lint and debris.

4. Confirm the exterior vent exhaust hood is free of lint and debris.

5. Confirm your vent system falls within the recommended run length and number of elbows for the type of vent you are using.

6. Select a Timed Dry heated cycle, and restart the dryer.

7. If the message persists, have your entire home venting run cleaned."

Please get back to us if you have any further query.

Have a nice day.

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Confirm that the vent run from the dryer to the wall is free of lint and debris.
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1. Make sure the filter is clean. A clean filter allows for proper air circulation in the dryer.

2. Make sure the rear dryer vent is clean. Move the dryer, unplug it and remove the rear vent hose and clean out any debris from the vent, in the hose and any debris in the outside vent.

Over time, these things get clogged and reduces the air circulation in the dryer, causing it to take longer for the clothes to dry.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

Good luck!

- Jim

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