Hi I was hopeing that someone could help me with this iussue that I am
having with my electric dryer. About 2 months ago I stuck my hand inside of
the dryer to check the clothes and it was extremely hot. I am pretty certain
that it should not get this hot. Well, for about the past month and a half
or so it takes a really long time to dry the clothes. On average 1 1/2
hours - 2 hours for one load, and sometimes they are still damp after that.
I disconnected the power and took a look at the heating element and there is
no visible signs of it being burnt up or damaged. I also checked for lint
blockage and there is none. My question being, does this sound like a
thermostat problem? And if so it appears as if there are two thermostats,
one on the heater element, and one on the blower side.I do not have a Ohm
Meter or anything that I could test it with. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance,
First thing to check is if your vent and duct work to the outside is
clear/clean, not just inside the dryer, although get that clean while you
are there. If your dryer seems 'hot' your clothes would dry faster unless
of course there was a problem/restriction venting the heat & humidity.....
Just to be sure, try drying a load of clothes but disconnect the
transition duct (the accordian duct that runs from the dryer to the
wall) from the wall and put pantyhose on the end of that duct to catch
the lint. If the clothes dry in under 30 minutes, then there is a
blockage in the wall duct. You can clean this out yourself or call a
If this is not the problem, wash the lint screen with soap and water
and try again.
BTW, is your dryer in a utility closet? If so, make sure the door is
open a few inches while the dryer is running to supply make-up air.
Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician
Considering how cheap ohm meters are these days, there's no excuse not
to have one. For the price of your McDonald's lunch you can go to
Radio Shack or Harbor Freight and get what you need. You'll save the
cost of it many times over in diagnosing common electrical problems.
If you need to deal with a hot spot in the dryer, start by checking
that the drum is rotating. It could be slipping due to a worn drive
belt or loose motor pulley. For more info and needed parts, go to
sites like repairclinic.com. Good luck.
..............................past month and a half
We had this problem awhile back, and cleaning out the vent helped, but
ultimately the problem was that the vent/lint handling system inside the
dryer was so packed with lint that the air flow was impeded. So, I had to
tear it apart and clean it thoroughly. That solved the problem
SRN has the right idea. You have an airflow problem. The dryer is
extremely hot yet it takes forever to dry clothes. If you don't move
an adequate amount of air thru the drier, this will cause those exact
symptoms. Take the back off the dryer and check the blower and
plenum(air passageway for the blower). You'd be surprised what you
will find in there. Most dryers have the air pull thru the lint trap
then thru the air plenum, thru the blower then into the back of the
dryer. I have found ink pens and all sorts of things in the bottom of
the air plenum, along with a ton of lint of course. Clean out all the
air passages for the dryer and also clean the fins off on the fan
connected to the motor.
Who checked your dryer exhaust vent? If you didn't do it, better have
another look. Use a shop vac on one end and a piece of cord with a rag
tied to it that will fit into the exhaust duct. Suck with the vacuum
and let the rag get sucked thru then pull the string back. Also if the
vent is flex, make sure there are no droops in it, support it more
because the droops will collect moisture and then lint. Slope the
exhaust duct to the outside vent so water will run out.
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