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Check the filter is clear and the access vent from heater fan to tumbler is not blocked - have seen a sock blocking air flow -
drier is only a fan blowing air over a heated element & through a duct or pipe into the tumbler - on exit the air passes a filter and if this is blocked - through passage is obstructed and hot air will escape backwards

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