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Fire in my dryer

What do i do about there fire coming through the heat holes in th back of my dryer?

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I wouldn't use the dryer for now. It sounds to me like you have a lot of lint build up in your dryer back by the heating elements which is catching on fire. It is a very hazardous situation. You will need to disassemble your dryer and clean all the lint out from around the heating elements and your vent pipes as the fire can spread into your vent pipe.

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This is URGENT.

What you described is a precursor to a dryer fire.!!

Dryers work this way....they have an air intake that allows the heated air to come in, circulate around the clothes, and an air outflow that the heated air flows out of. Look in your dryer, you will see the two separate intake and outflow behind grills onside the dryer. Look for burn marks. Open the dryer and look straight back to the intake and outflow grill where the hot air flows in, then out of the dryer.

What happens when your exhaust system is blocked is that the air becomes superheated, and (if a gas dryer) flames can come up to or into the dryer through that metal part you are describing. If electric, it is superheating and burning the clothes. I would bet your exhaust is clogged somewhere. Fix this before using the dryer again.

You can call a repairman to do the cleaning and check this out.
OR try to handle it yourself with a few easy steps.

Check the flow of air where the exhaust comes out, usually outside your house or apartment. If the flow is weak, its a definite sign of a clog...usually in the exhaust duct that is usually a flexible metal tube that attaches to the bottom of your dryer, then winds its way outside to a vent....but a fire can come from something else being clogged.

Try this:
1) Clean the lint trap
2) Replace the exhaust ducting (they are very cheap and easy to install on each end)
3) If you can, with the dryer disconnected form power, take the back panel off (it's very easy) and look for dust and lint buildup that can come from a clogged vent, then vacuum it off. If you see burned lint there, then that is proof you have had some fire.

If the above is not your problem, you need an expert to come and diagnose this.

Good luck

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when was the last time you cleaned out the dryer and vent line?if the dryer can't move the air the heat will stay in th dryer and the heat won't run for long because the dryer is hot and up to should clean out the lint filter duct,the cabinet where the motor is and if the vent line is long remove it from the back of dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower.i've seen dryers catch fire if they haven't been cleaned out.this is the prblem most of the time,people start changing parts and all it is is lint blocking the vent line or the duct that the lint filter slides into is blocked with lint.start here and see what happens

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It is working like its supposed to when the flame goes off, the way all dryers work is the flame(heat element on electric heated dryers) comes on and when the drum exhaust temp reachs a maximum of 155degrees and the flame goes off, the air temp will cool off to 120degrees and the flame comes back on and cuts off once again the 155 degrees has been reached..much more that 155 degrees the clothing is very likely to combust and catch on fire.

Please reply and let me know if your having a dryability issue with your dryer or where you just concerned since the flame went off??


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