Question about Dryers
Did you clean the entire length of the vent ducting? Or, did you only clean the lint trap on the dryer and the exhaust vent outside? If you didn't clean the ducting as well, you may still have a clog somewhere causing your dryer to be "starved" for air. A dryer needs proper air flow to dry properly. One way to check is to turn the dryer on and go outside to the exhaust vent opening. Feel to see if you have sufficient air flow. If the air flow is weak, you have a clog. If not, you may have a high limit thermostat cutting off prematurely, not allowing the heating element to heat long enough. Check your ducting first and let me know if this helps.
Posted on Jul 28, 2007
my dryer does the same thing.
sounds like your dryer's exhaust needs to be cleaned as it is full of lint - the part that connects from the dryer to the wall and also inside of the wall. For Inside of the wall I usually take a fish tape .
also.... i would look at returning the dryer if it is not trapping the lint. i would return mine but it's out of warranty...
Posted on Jan 27, 2008
I think your diagnoses is correct on the thermostat being bad. But check a few more things.
If you remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and let it run, does the burner shut down as you describe?
Are you certain there is not a clog in the "duct" within the dryer itself? The lint filter appears to be located at the bottom front of the dryer, just inside the door. There is a bell shaped plenum that the lint filter fit's into, that turns and points towards the bottom back of the dryer. Is that duct system clean?
It could be the temp switch, cycling thermostat, or the over temp limit. Considering how the unit is operating, the only way to tell which one is failing is to measure the voltage across each one while the dryer is operating. When it opens (meter reads voltage), watch to see if it ever closes (meter does not read voltage). The cycling thermostat should open and close throughout the drying process, but it could hang open. The temp limit should not open unless there is a duct clog, but, then it should close after cooling, acting like a cycling thermostat. It could also hang open.
Of course, the temp switch is only a switch but it could be bad intermitantly.
Each of these components is not too expensive, so you might just want to buy all three.
Let me know what you find.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
I doubt it is your motor that is causing the problem. It's always nice when someone says that it is the most expensive part to fix and that is the only solution. It's an electric dryer and there are tons of things that could be causing the issue for you. It sounds like the problem is probably the thermostat. What this does is shuts off the dryer if the heat is getting to high in the dryer. It is a safety feature to prevent it from catching on fire. It is a easy and cheap fix. The thermostat is located usually somewhere near the heating element housing and only costs around 20 dollars at any appliance repair shop. There is a wire diagram located behind the backing of your control panel. Just remove the few screws and take off the housing. It will help you locate the thermostat. If the motor was the problem your dryer wouldn't shut off the way it is. The thermostat is just shutting it down for safety and that is why you need to keep unplugging it to reset it. Change it out and it should work just fine for you. If you have any other questions let me know and good luck to you.
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
rule number one take everything off of it and never store clothes or anything that can insulate the top it overheats them. It kind of fools all your sensors when you store stuff on top
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
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