Our dryer appears to be overheating and turning itself off during the cycle, it then will not start for awhile. We have taken the back off and thoroughly cleaned the vent. Is there possibly a thermostat or something else that would be turning it off? Thanks
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This caused by one of two possible things. Either you have poor air flow, or a clogged vent preventing air from flowing freely and therefor making the dryer short cycle, which in turn will take you two or three times to dry yor clothes, or the heating element has gone bad, burnt in half and is making contact with the case to provide it just enough power to barely heat. The second thing is a very rare occurance. I would turn the dryer on, find out where the air vents out to, and with the dryer running, go to where it vents and check to see if there is a strong flow of air. 9 times out of 10 that is going to be your problem. Another way to check air flow is to just pull the vent off the back and let the dryer run and see if your clothes dry faster. If you do it that way and they still take a long time to dry, then you'll probably need to replace the heating element
The short verision is you most likely have a short on the dryer start switch OR a bad control board if there is no start switch at all. Both are very repairable items and something you could also do yourself if you wish... If you need help ordering a part feel free to call me Greg at 402 228 3302 and I can look it up for you.
Make sure the door does not come open while running.
If it turns off only during the auto-drying cycle, the moisture sensor may have failed.
If it turns off during the timed cycle, the operating thermostat has most likely failed and the high limit thermostat turns the machine off when it gets too hot. After the machine cools down, it will start until it heats up and turns off again.
customer selects cycle
customer pushes start button
motor starts, motor switch closes and turns on element or igniter
depending if electric or gas
tub turns and heat dries clothes
thermastats cycle during run not to overheat clothes
timer cycle ends
you get clothes out now dry and put on