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Top and back of Kenmore dryer feels very hot to touch

Hello, I have a Kenmore stackable electric dryer model (970-78712-10) It is installed on the side of my washer, not on top and they are not enclosed. I've had this dryer for about 9 years problem free. Today I've noticed that while the drier is working in the hot air cycle, the top is quite warm to touch. The back edge and back panel are so hot that burn to touch. I never checked this before, so it is the first time I've noticed this. Is this abnormal? I often clean the lint trap enclosure by unscrewing the vent panel so there is no blockage. I would really appreciate a comment.

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  • Lilian00 Jun 02, 2008

    Thanks so much for the response. I wonder if it could be the vent. We opened the vent half ways out and it wasn't to bad for lint. I also checked the outside end and noticed that the air is blowing out enough to keep the valve opened. I cleaned the vent with a 3 feet brush. It didn't seem to be so bad there either. Could the problem be anything else? When lift the top of the dryer open, I notice that really hot air is blowing up from the back side of the drum. I also should mention that recently I changed a foam piece in the front panel which holds the drum into place(Top half). Any other ideas?
    Thanks again.

  • Lilian00 Jun 04, 2008

    It's definitely not the vent. Yesterday we replaced the whole plastic vent pipe with an aluminum one. The dryer continued to feel hot even after the change! :(

  • farleycarl Nov 30, 2008

    I have the same issue, but the vent line is brand new and I took the whole dryer apart, cleaned, vaccumed, and greased moving parts. It's not a venting issue. The heating coil (in the back on our Kenmores) gets way too hot, in fact it had melted the plastic socket that holds the drum in place so I had to replace the socket. Now I run it on non heat cycles only until I solve the heat problem.

    I'm guessing either the thermostat is bad, or the emergency high heat safety shut-off, or both. Appreciate any input from someone who's solved this.

  • dummyz Jan 12, 2009

    as do i



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This alway in a indication of a venting issue it would seem that it is not in your venting that you can see but it may be plugged up in the wall somewhere in this case you will need a pro. chimney sweep or THE DRYER VENT WIZARD if there is one in your area to come and clean your vents

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