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Dryer problem I have a Amana NDE2335AYW Electric dryer that is only about 2 years old. there was a water leak in the laundry room and ever since my dryer has started to act funny. It will get extremely hot and smells like it might be burning something but will never dry a load of clothes. I dried a single load of clothes 3 times and was still not dry. what is wrong with it and how do i fix it? Thank you Stefani

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  • rabbit1980 Jan 16, 2008

    thank you for your solution. my building maintenance man checked the air coming from the outside vent and said everything was fine. so should it be an internal problem and if so what do i do now.



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Your problem may be associated with heavy accumulations of lint inside the dryer and/or ducting. If you have had a water leak recently, and the dryer ducting got wet, the lint could be sticking somewhere and forming a clog. A simple way you can determine if you have a clog somewhere is to disconnect the dryer vent hose from the dryer and start the dryer. The air leaving the dryer should be forceful and about 140 degrees (in other words...good and warm). If the air is weak and cool, you have a clog somehwere INTERNAL to the dryer. If the air is forceful and warm, check your ducting from the dryer to where it exits the house. A dryer needs proper air flow in order to dry properly. The fact that your dryer is getting very hot tells me that the heating element is heating up, but may in fact, be OVERHEATING. The dryer will not continue to run in this condition. Eventually the heating element or thermal fuse will blow. Take the time to perform these simple steps and post back with your results and/or comments. If it is not a simple clog, I can give you further advice on how to determine a cause of your problem.

NOTE: If you plan on cleaning the dryer interior, ensure you unplug the dryer from the power source. Live voltages of 220VAC are still present even with the dryer turned off.

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    Jeff Rockwell Jan 16, 2008

    A dryer needs proper air flow in order to dry your clothes properly. Try removing the dryer vent hose form the back of the dryer and try to dry a load of wash. If your clothes dry normally, then you have an accumualtion of lint and/or a kink in the dryer vent somewhere between the back of the of the dryer and where it exits the dryer vent outside. The air leaving the back of the dryer should be forceful and measure somewhere close to 140 degrees F if the dryer is heating properly. If your clothes do not dry with the dryer vent hose removed, you need to investigate the dryer vent line INSIDE the dryer. Usually, accumulations of lint will build up in the air blower baffle and restrict the movement of the blower fan. This will reduce air flow and cause the dryer not to vent properly. This leads to longer dry times. If you have never cleaned your dryer interior you could also have an accumulation of lint around the heating element which could be the source of the burning smell you are experiencing. I have personally found evidence of fires inside many dryers that I have worked on because the consumer never took the time to clean or replace the ducting. A dryer requires routine maintenance and needs to be cleaned periodically. Cleaning the lint from the lint screens after each load, cleaning the ducting with a lint brush, and checking the dryer interior (where the heating element is located) to ensure there is no lint build up will go a long way towards increasing the longevity of the appliance and cutting down on your electric bill. I recommend cleaning once per season which is about 4 times per year. Of course, if you use the dryer frequently, you should clean it more frequently. If the dryer vent hose is kinked or damaged, it should be replaced. It is strongly recommended that you use the metal semi-rigid ducting hose instead of the white plastic. The semi-rigid resists kinking lasts much longer.

    PS If you find that your clothes dry better with the vent hose removed, do not leave it in this manner. Venting a dryer inside your home can add dust and humdity to the air. This can lead to mildew problems.



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