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Dryer is Overheating or Hot to the Touch
Author: Zach Gilliam Reference Number: AA-00612 Views: 608 Created: 2019-11-08 20:48 Last Updated: 2019-11-08 20:48 0 Rating/ Voters

The most common causes of a dryer over heating are -

  • Restricted Airflow - The single most common reason why clothes dryer overheat is restricted airflow. When there’s a blockage in the internal duct work, the hot air will become trapped inside the drum where it creates potential fire hazard. If you haven’t done so already, remove and clean the lint filter. Before placing the filter back, shine a flashlight into the slot-like area on the dryer to see if there’s any lint or debris stuck inside. If you see any, use a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment to remove it. You should also check the duct work to determine whether or not your dryer has appropriate airflow. With the dryer turned on, go to the outside of your house where the duct exhaust vents. Ideally, you should feel air blowing out of the vent. If there’s a blockage, however, you may feel little-to-no air.

  • Cycling Thermostat - Most dryers have a cycling thermostat that’s designed to automatically turn off the heating element at high temperatures. If this component is broken or malfunctioning, the clothes dryer may produce excessive heat. The cycling thermostat is a small metallic device that’s usually found in the rear of the dryer
  • Heating Element - A third possible cause of an overheating clothes is the heating element. It’s not uncommon for heating elements to warp and/or shift over time, resulting in direct contact with the drum or other components. When this occurs, the heating element can warm up the drum significantly faster than usual. The coils of the heating element should not be touching the drum, each other, or any other component.


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