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I noticed yesterday when running my dryer on manual time dry the dryer smelled like charcoal and was extremely hot. But, when I used an actual cycle (like delicates or normal) the dryer was fine Please advise if I should call for service. thanks

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If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have not taken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then you need to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should take place. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causes for your dryer to fail.

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The dryer still runs and the drum is turning. No heat. Yesterday I did notice the outside of the dryer got very hot for a while.


The thermal cut-off has blown open due to the high-limit thermostat failure to cycle off in order to regulate the heating element temperature as the noticed extreme dryer temperature indicates. These two components are wired in series with the heating element as a safety measure to cut power to the element should the dryer temperature go extremely high like your case.

Disconnect power then make sure the lint filter is clear, the vent system is not restricted, and the inside of the cabinet is clean. A vacuum cleaner may be used to extract lint built up inside the dryer cabinet particularly the bottom. Replacing both the thermal cut-off and the high-limit thermostat is a must but only after the all areas mentioned are cleaned.

Click on the links below for more troubleshooting and repair details.

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Jun 19, 2011 | Dryers

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Dryer is heating but takes two or three cycles to dry


Every time I look at the problems people are having each day, one issue keeps popping up that people can repair themselves and save themselves a service call. The reason it most stands out for me is there continue to be techs that start replacing parts in a dryer when the dryer isn't the problem. If a dryer is heating and tumbling yet the clothes are taking a longer time to dry or you run the unit 2 or 3 cycles almost every time it is the vent. When a dryer is running it pushes hot air through your clothes which pick up the moisture in the clothes and take it outside. If your vent is even slightly blocked then it hinders air flow and moisture being relocated outside. If moisture can't relocate then it just circulates in the dryer and ends up cooking away more than anything. I have pulled clothes out of dryers that actually smell like a burnt stick from a fireplace and are cardboard like stiff from being cooked.
There are warning signs, but first thing anyone seems to notice the drying time being extended. If you put your hands on top of the dryer and it is very hot (and I mean you can't keep your hand on the top) you need to check the dryers exhaust. When you see moisture or water drops on the inner door after a cycle its time to clean your vent. In some cases you will actually hear a lot more noise from the dryer. As the dryer is running the pressure building inside it, like a tea kettle with no release it starts vibrating the walls or components on the inside. And yes this is a very hazardous situation.
There are different kinds of venting but all can be checked and maintained pretty easily. Start with the vent directly behind the dryer itself. Slide the dryer out and disconnect the hose coming directly out the back of the dryer. Use a vacuum wand or a long brush to clean it out good. Make sure when reinstalling, you minimize the length as much as possible and minimize any turns in the hose the best you can. Make sure it is not getting pinched off when you push the dryer back against the wall. Now go to the outside and check all around the exhaust. Make certain the flap can open and close and just clean off as much lint build-up as possible. The only catch if your exhaust is on the roof is you will need a ladder. Same rules apply just get inside the exhaust the best you can and pull out everything you can grab. Finally if you have an extremely long vent or its going up through the roof, it needs to be cleaned too. You can use a long brush snake made from metal or nylon with a 4 inch ball brush on the end. If you want to purchase one they range from $30 to $60 or there are people who make a living only cleaning dryer vents. If you happen to have a leaf blower they work almost as good if not better. Just put the nozzle into the venting behind the dryer and crank it up. Have someone be outside to spot for you, making sure that it does in fact blow out.
Pass this information on to everyone you ever hear say they run the dryer more than one cycle to dry their clothes and help them save on their electric bill or a service call. And if a technician tells you that you have a heating element or a thermostat that is going bad tell him to bend over so you can kick his keester. Both a heating element and thermostat are either good and heating or broken and not heating there is no in between.

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Kenmore Elite Oasis dryer 110.6708 that gets too hot


did u clean machine filters? in the back of your machine there is a big silver pipe itmay need to be clean too

Jan 21, 2010 | Kenmore 67082 Electric Dryer

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My electric dryer is becoming extremely hot during the drying cycle. I replaced a blown thermal fuse several weeks ago and the dryer was extremely hot at that time. The dryer runs but becomes so hot you...


Clothes will get very hot in the dry cycle, especially when the dryer is set to the warmest or hottest setting.
There are controls built into the unit to prevent it from overheating to the point of causing a fire. The thermal fuse you replaced is one of them (and I assume you replaced a perfectly good fuse with a new one as you said it was very hot.).
You might want to check the following if you feel the unit is getting too hot -

1) Make sure the lint screen is clean.
2) Make sure the hose between the back of the dryer and the exhaust duct at the wall wall is not kinked or full of lint.
3) Make sure the exhaust duct leading to outside of the house is clear and not full of lint.

Let me know what you find.

Dec 14, 2009 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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My daughter left clothes in the dryer and they werent dry now my dryer smells soured. how do i get rid of the smell?


Try tossing a tad of dry baking soda in with the clothes in may take a time or two but it would be better than tossing the dryer. If it smells like mildew also maybe try placing some charcoal inside withe door shut, charcoal draws mildew.

Nov 06, 2009 | Estate TEDX640JQ Electric Dryer

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Smells hot. does not dry. sticks on 20 min all cycles


just a quick suggestion
check your exhaust outside for proper airflow

Oct 11, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY Electric Dryer

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When the dryer is running it smells like charcol ligher fluid


Sometime recently there has been a petroleum product used in the house. Possibly an oil based paint, stain, varnish, adhesive or some form of cleaning product.

Anyone of these products or many others like them, contain a distillate of liquid. Check around the house.

Until that oil based product dries or cures, the odor and vapors will remain and so will the dryer smell.

At the end of the drying cycle, use the air fluff cycle to purge out the smell. Besure to return the selector on the dryer back to it's prior postition.

Jun 11, 2009 | Kenmore 62882 Electric Dryer

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Dryer Top Hot / New Heating Element Smell


Any time you perform work inside a dryer, lint can get kicked around and settle on components. It is common to have a slight burning smell for a day or so. However, your dryer getting too hot to the touch concerns me. Improper air flow is the number one cause of dryer overheating problems. You may have cleaned the lint out of the interior of your dryer, but did you check the air blower and vent duct lines? In addition, was the heating elements actually bad? Or, did you assume it was bad, because your dryer wasn't drying properly? The following link can explain:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r630242-dryer_runs_but_not_heat

Pay particular attention to the paragraph that discusses proper ventilation. I would recommend you remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and attempt to dry another load. If the dryer dries more efficiently and the top panel does not get scorching hot to the touch, then you have a vent clog somewhere EXTERNAL to the dryer. If the dryer air flow exiting the dryer is weak and the dryer still gets too hot to the touch, you have a clog INSIDE the dryer.

Follow these steps, first and see what you find. If you verify your ventilation is clear and not kinked or clogged anywhere, then you might assume you have a component malfunction. I would hope to try to save you from purchasing parts you may not need. I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require additional assistance.

PS Make sure you are using semi-rigid (metal type) vent ducting. It is crush resistant, heat resistant, does not kink easily, and resists rodents. It is what most manufacturers recommend. If you haven't replaced the dryer vent in a while, this may be a good time.

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Drying cycle runs but does not dry clothes


more than likely that your thermostats have blown if you could smell the heater element getting hot then this will be the case m8

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