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Dryer shuts off after a few minutes, Maytag model pye2000ayw,vent is clear, top of dryer over heating elemnts gets very hot.

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    Gets to hot nothing is cloged all vent are clear?



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Unfortunately you have already checked the obvious problem. Dryers are fitted with a safety switch to cut out if the heating elements get over hot. The usual reason for over heating as your aware is that the air flow over the heating element becomes restricted, usually due to something (Lint) blocking the venting pipe.

If you really have cleaned the pipe out - i.e. pulled the machine out far enough to straighten the vent pipe and see that its clear and vacuumed as var as you can see, also cleaned the intake filter where the air is drawn in and there are no obvious obstructions there, then there are two possibilities I can think of.

The first is not good news, i.e. a stray sock or other garment has managed to escape the drum of the dryer and has become lodged in the machine possibly close to the exhaust vent exit causing an obstruction prior to the pipe that you can see at the back of the machine. Thats not good news obviously because the machine has to come apart to look inside the drum and check or clean anything out.

The 2nd I am affraid is also not good news and that would be that the sensor to detect the temperature in the dryer is faulty and is tripping the system at too low a temperature, but from your comment about it getting very hot I would assume that this is not really the case.


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The heating element may be going out on it...if its getting too hot you may risk having a fire.i would have a tech look at it and not take any chances

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