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Clothes Drier on the fritz.

My mom and I just finished repairing a clothes drier that has been sucking a ton of electricity, and has been taking more than two cycles to completely dry a load of clothes. The only things we really did were to remove all the lint, and carefully cleaned the heater coil. To find out if we did a good repair I decided to make the drier run with the door open, and to my surprise the whole coil began to glow like a toaster. I have made it run with the door open before, and the heater coil has never glowed very much. Is it okay for it to be doing this?

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Austringer9 years ago
This is an electric dryer, right? Some gas dryers use a small coil as an igniter. When you say the door, do you mean the door to where you put your laundry or some access panel? What did you do to clean the coil and where exactly is it located?
Sedgewick17 (author)  Austringer9 years ago
It is an electric drier yes.The door where you load the laundry, and held down the buttons and placed a screw driver in the switch gap.I used a vacuum to carefully remove the dust,and hair that had gathered there.
So the cloths can't touch the glowing hot heating element, right? Like someone else said, check the exhaust pipe (the plastic pipe that leads to the vent outside) and make sure it isn't blocked. It may be that it's working fine now.
pappyld049 years ago
I don't know what flavor you have but I have done a lot to my Maytags. Normally the coil is enclosed in a tin housing and for the most part really isn't visible. If you stand to the side and look at the back while pushing the start button you should see a glow from this area. You may have to turn the light off to see it well. If you are getting heat and air then you may have just stirred up some of the lint and stuff and it got into the element. Hope you got it fixed!!!
Sedgewick17 (author)  pappyld049 years ago
Well,My mom just tried a load in the drier,and it seemed to have a faster time.Most importantly none of the clothes were on fire.
The coils are usually regulated by a thermostat or thermistor, you may have knocked it out of place or damaged it whilst cleaning. lots of appliances have a folder glued somewhere inside the cabinet with complete schematics and test procedures.
Sedgewick17 (author)  Tool Using Animal9 years ago
The only thing I touch in the electronics was about 5 moths ago when I disabled the buzzer that was driving everyone nut.The tempature shut off should be by the coils right?
Sedgewick17 (author) 9 years ago
Yea, I checked all of the wiring and the belt.Everything seems okay.
It is venting properly too ? When I lived at home, the venting, which went outside, would sometimes clog with lint that bypassed the filters.
thats what i was going to ask, but you beat me to it. our dryer had the same problems. it was under warranty so the repairman came out and checked it. nothing wrong... cleaned the vents, and it works like a charm now.
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