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Amana dryer shut down

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I bought an Amana Dryer (LEA60AW) from someone who had never used it.  I have no manuals.  It overheats and shuts off after about 25 minutes of running.  I have to leave it cool to restart it.  Should I replace the plug-in sensors or can I test them to see if one of them really is the problem?  Thanks.

J.L. 

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The whole dryer overheats or the motor overheats in 20 minutes??? 

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The dryer overheats and everything shuts off.  I open and close the door, wait up to 10 minutes while it cools, and restart it.  It shuts off faster if the clothes are nearly dry.  I can set the timer on 25 minutes or less and it makes it to the tumble (cool down) cycle (it will complete the cycle, but the clothes won't be dry).

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Soumds like a motor.

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I don't think its the motor.  The clothes are really hot.  And if I put it on the "no heat" setting, it will run until I shut it off or the timer reaches the end of the cycle.  It overheats on the "automatic" settings as well.

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What is your vent like? It isn't stopped up is it?

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Its not the vent.  I just bought this and haven't even connected it to the duct work.  I am guessing the cycling thermostat.  If I put my multitester on it, what should it read?

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It is the cycling thermostat.  Go ahead and replace it along with the hi-limit thermostat and the thermal fuse.  Order the parts through the Easy Appliance Parts Lookup Form below.

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Well, I replaced said parts and it worked! - for a couple of loads.  Now it is back to its old tricks - get hot, shut off.  I'll keep experimenting with the various cycles, but am rather frustrated.  Did I spend $50 for nothing?

Could the problem be a loose wire (I didn't see any, but that's only from looking in from the removed bottom front panel).  When I first hooked it up, it seemed to work for the first couple of loads.  Then, once it overheated, it would do it every time.  Any thoughts?

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Make sure your heating element is not grounded, if it is the dryer would overheat.

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Hi,

I also have the Amana LEA60AW ELectric Dryer and it requires 2 complete 70 minute cycles on high (Regular) in order to dry a full load of towels. Even a good size load of regular clothes require a second cycle of 40 minutes (after the first time dry  cycle of 70 minutes).

I had a repair person come out and he cleaned the machine (I had done that about a year ago also) and he said that the machine ir running fine and it does get hot (I observed that too).

So the machine gets hot, spins, and the vent and the rest is clean. So how come the clothes do not dry?

Any help?

Thanks,

 

Bill

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Amana LEA60AW ELectric Dryer ...usually this is caused by a blocked vent from the dryer to the outside, try it with the dryer pulled out and the vent disconnected to see if it will dry with the vent off.  If it does check the vent in the house..

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