I'm not sure if this is just something I never noticed, or if it is a problem. I can see the element glowing red inside of my dryer behind the screen, only on one side, it is also reflecting red off of the wall behind it. Is this normal?
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Re: Glowing Red in Dryer
The element will glow brightly with the door open because there will be no airflow through the dryer. DO NOT operate the dryer this way for long periods or the element will overheat and fail. If the element glows brightly (as seen from the rear of the unit) with the door closed, it may be an indication of restricted airflow in the exhaust system.
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T'he glow you saw was on the back wall in the dryer behind the a grated area if I'm correct. What you saw was the heating element, or a reflection of it while it was on. The element glows bright red when power is being applied to it to function and is housing is made of sheet metal so it does carry a reflective quality. If you really want to make sure that the dryer isn't over heating, which I don't believe it is due to the fact that would mean the high limit thermostat has failed in a way that I've never really seen, take the vent off the back and using a digital thermometer check to see how high it gets before the machine cycles off and the temperature drops.
the orange glowing is the element, since there are safety features on the dryer I would not worry about the glowing as they are coils and glow. I would probably clean the dryer inside and out off all lint, thus ensuring that the air flow for the dryer is not restricted. Hope this helps Tim
this would be the heating element, and as long as the thermal fuse is not bypassed it is all good. You might want to clean all the lint inside(taking the dryer apart) and outside(vent tube) of the dryer, this should be done at least once a year if not twice depending on the usage. The thermal fuse is a safety feature which senses temperature and blows(one time use) thus preventing a fire. Hope this helped Tim
You need the dryer supply voltage to be 240VAC for the heater. Everything else runs off one leg of that or 120VAC L1 (Black)-Neutral(White)-L2 (Red) L1 to L2 = 240vac L1 to Neutral=120vac L2 to neutral = 120vac Eric
Check the operating thermostat. Make sure there is nothing blocking the vent. The element does glow red when active and the thermostat controls how long it stays on. If you are saying the element is on all the time even when dryer is off there is either a stuck switch on the motor or something shorted somewhere. Eric
The glowing you are seeing from inside the dryer SHOULD be the heating element. However, if your heating element is glowing as bright as the sun, this is an indication of improper air flow. This can be attributed to clogged ducting. In order for your dryer to dry properly it needs proper air flow through the drum and out through the ducting. A few things you can check:
1. Are your clothes taking longer to dry?
2. Is there proper air flow coming out of the ducting exhaust?
3. Is there lint backing up inside the dryer and/or in the room that the dryer is sitting?
4. Is the outside ducting clogged?
5. Is the dryer getting extremely hot?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you need to replace your ducting and/or have it professionally cleaned. If your dryer is turning off it's usually a sign of overheating. Eventually, the thermal fuse will blow or the heating element will burn out. In both cases, parts will be required to fix. A little routine dryer cleaning will go a long way towards keeping it running longer and preventing the need for repairs. I hope this will help you.