The top of the dryer gets extremely hot to the touch when it's on and it takes forever to dry clothes. Last night, the dryer stopped in mid-cycle and I cannot get it to start again. The last time this happened, we called a repairman who came in and cleaned out the vents and it worked okay for a while. I verified that the vents are clear, so that shouldn't be the problem. Any suggestions?
I'm sure you've already made sure the dryer vents are clean, but if your dryer is running extremely hot like you mentioned, it usually means there is insufficient air flow. If you have ensured all the external duct work is clear, you may still have a clog INSIDE the dryer. In addition, if you are in the habit of pushing the dryer all the way up against the wall, you may be crushing the dryer vent hose to the point where it cannot push air. I mention most of this in these write ups. Please take the time to read through the information. If you have any questions, need help in diagnosing the problem, or assistance in locating parts, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
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Replace the thermostat. A very inexpensive thermocouple that is not sensing the heat anymore and caused the element to overheat. In the UK the part will cost less than five pounds!
If the element had touched the ground, your safety earth leakage breaker in the fuse box would have tripped.
It's very possible your element shorted to ground causing the element to get constant currant from the wall outlet if it was hot without running, if thats the case you need to replace the heating element.
Dear Emily. Several problems. First, did this dryer ever work properly hooked up as it is? I mean hooked to the roof event? If it used to work just fine, then I suspect the vent to the roof is clogged with lint and is not allowing the heat to escape. If it never did work right,(for example: it is new to us) then I'd venture dryers are not supposed to vent their hot air that far away, they do not have a strong enough blower to push that air that distance. Then, you might try to find another place to vent the hot air, with a total distance of only 10 feet from the dryer, even if you only vented it while you were actually drying clothers. I doubt if the last item is for you, but I have sometimes seen where the washing machine did not spin all the water out of the clothes, and then the dryer needed all day to get the clothes dry. Be blessed.
Most likely a bad blower wheel. Over time the hub gets hot, melts, wobbles out, and start to rub the blower housing. The wheel slips and makes it take a long time to dry the clothes. This causes the filter to warp and the top to get extremely hot. I have posted more repair photos here
Check the following areas thoroughly to address this issue.
1. Venting Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.
Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.
2. Thermostat There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.
3. Heating element A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.
4. Moisture Sensor Most units will have a moisture or dryness sensor as well that will fail. inspect the sensor for faults. replace if necessary.
Do you know if the dryer vent is free of obstructions?Check outside where the dryer vents outside ,and see if the air is weak or flowing freely.If it is not clogged the air should be pretty strong from the vent outside.If it has blockage it will definitly take longer to dry your clothes.
First thing to check for is blocked airflow. Check the dryer as well as the venting from the back of the dryer to the outside of the house good airflow is neccessary. You could remove the venting from the back of the dryer and run a load to see if that helps. Do not leave it off as it is exhausting lint and if a gas dryer spent fuel.