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Danby DCD5505-w1 Tripping Internal Breaker "Limit Switch"

Machine works normally otherwise, but randomly trips the limit switch that is behind the rear panel. Lint screen is clean and so is the lower clean-out that is under the dryer.

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  • mikee72 Apr 12, 2008

    Thanks for the help. I've got the vent unhooked to eliminate that variable and it doesn't help. (Was totally clean, anyway.) Do you have a suggestion on how I might locate this possible lint clog? Also, I don't smell anything that would indicate anything getting close to burning. It doesn't have that "lint burning" smell that I've smelled on other dryers. Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

  • mikee72 Apr 12, 2008

    Sorry for not being clear. I have the outside vent unhooked from the dryer, (dryer venting straight into the room) and am still having the tripping of the limit switch. Is there another clean-out (or way to access the exhaust path) inside the dryer? The owner's manual only shows the one on the door and the "trap door" on the underside. I wish it had a bit more information or an exploded view.

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Sounds like you may have a lint clog somewhere either in the dryer, or if if you have it vented in the vent. The limit switch is tripping due to an overheat situation. The dryer must have proper airflow to function properly.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008

  • Michael Thibodeau Apr 12, 2008

    Next is to check the vent as it exits your house. Find the vent outlet outside (may be on your roof) and check the air flow as the dryer is running. You may see lint right at the vent outlet. Or if you feel no airflow you may have to have the vent cleaned by a vent cleaning company.

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