While you might think having a clothes dryer that gets hot is a good thing, it really isn't. Not only is it a fire hazard, it can also damage some delicate clothing and cause circuits or breakers to blow. In addition, your utility bill will be higher anytime the unit produces excess heat. Here are a few things you can check when your dryer is getting too hot. Once you find the problem, you can buy the replacement repair parts online, from the local hardware store, or from the appliance store. The important part is to make sure you buy the piece that fits the make and model of your dryer.
If either the lint trap, or the exhaust hose is clogged, the heat cannot escape from the dryer and the unit will become too hot. Anytime you find the outside of the appliance is uncomfortable to touch, the first thing you should do is make sure the air can flow out of it freely. Clean the lint trap and then the exhaust hose and port. If the hose is kinked, it might be a good idea to buy a replacement part so that the lint does not get caught and create a new clog.
When the problem is not related to poor air circulation, the next thing to check is the thermostat. You will need to remove the back of the dryer, and have a multimeter to check the piece. When you connect one of the terminals to the meter, you should have a reading of zero (0). If the reading is anything else, you will need to replace the thermostat with a new one. If you are not sure how to do this, it is time to call a technician. However, the fact that you can tell him or her what is wrong, it can save time on the service call, which will save you money. In addition, the technician will know what replacement repair part to bring.
Faulty Heating Element
The heating element on the dryer can also be faulty, producing too much heat and not shutting off when it should. To test this, take off the back of the dryer and use the multimeter again. However, this time, you want the reading to be anything but zero (0). You can also visually inspect the coils to see if there is a break anywhere. However, the unit can still be shorting, and not functioning properly even if you do not see a problem.
Keep your dryer from overheating to protect your home, clothing and utility bills. Whether you use a professional technician or not, you can buy the replacement repair parts yourself and avoid paying the mark-up price the technician would charge. The more information and parts you can provide for the repair; the more money you will save. Keep your dryer from overheating to protect your home, clothing and utility bills. Contact a business that specializes in appliance services for more information.