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I turn my dryer on for 5 minutes & it feels like its about to catch on fire it gets so hot...ive cleaned alll the lint out even out of the backside

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Have you vacuumed the lint or blown thru from the lint catcher thru the machine into the wall outlet and then even the wall outlet. I found a bunch of lint inside the dryer that could not get out because the vent was plugged almost all the way to the outside wall. My vent has to travel a long way to the wall.
Once I did this, it alleviated the heating up of the dryer

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