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I have a hot point dryer Model Number 74038bb.
The thing is making a funny noise like something is scapping against it when the dryer is going. then it started to get really hot the other day,

I turned it off for about hour, but left it plugged in. i opened the door and the heating element was still glowing with the dryer turned off. it was getting hotter & hotter to the touch.i turned it on and

the drum is still turning, but there is no heat what so ever.

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Three problems

  1. :Heater thermal fuse is blown, not a repairable/resettable item, replace the thermal fuse.
  2. the controller that turns on the heater, is fubar
    it is a relay with 120v solenoid coil and 120v terminals for the motor and 240v terminals for the heater. the 240v side has fused closed so does not turn off. not a repairable item replace the relay
  3. The scraping noise could be from drum bearings/rollers Check the roller bearings under the rear of the drum, to make sure they still turn freely and have not dropped, check the felt ring at the front of the drum to see if it is worn out

  1. as soon as you started the motor a rush of very overtemperature air travelled down the exhaust duct and melted the thermal cutout screwed on the side of the duct, inside the dryer. These items are between $7-$13, and every washer/dryer parts store has them, there are only 4 or five different ones in all the makes of dryer.
  2. Locate the run relay, and remove it, test with a ohmmeter or battery and bulb, across the load terminals, ALL load terminals should have, no light on the lamp, infinity ohms on the meter,
    solenoid coil terminals should have about 100ohm on the meter, faint glow on the lamp
    relays are $18 -$90 (rippoff but some have to use OEM parts)
  3. roller kits are $9+, felts between $12-$30

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