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Whirpool electric dryer, very hot vent last cycle now very low heat.


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#1 spoll

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

First let me start off by saying this dryer is 5 years old and was originally hardwired until today. The black wire burnt out last week and I had my electrician come in and replace it with a plug, a terminal block with terminations and wall outlet. Dryer seemed to be working fine after he left and then I ran the dryer again and noticed that the aluminum vent was getting very hot. I also smelled a little burned rubber for 30 seconds when I originally turned it on but I thought it just might have been a residual smell from the last time it burnt out. As an aside, I switched the door opening hinge from right to left just to make it easier to load from the washer(I know, it only took me 5 years to figure it out.) Anyway, I put in a load and started the dryer and all I'm basically getting is faint heat.

The vents are clean btw, vacuumed and everything. Any thoughts? thanks.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:10 PM

... noticed that the aluminum vent was getting very hot.
... I put in a load and started the dryer and all I'm basically getting is faint heat.
... vents are clean btw, vacuumed and everything.

Model number ?

Have you re-checked & re-set the House Circuit Breakers ?
Then checked for 120v & 240v at the Dryer Power Cord Terminal Strip ?
The Heating Element may be partially shorted to chassis (ground)
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:40 PM

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I've re-set the circuit breakers.

I haven't because I really don't know how to test that. I thought the electrician would have performed that, no?

Btw, I purchased this dryer 5 years ago after asking for rec's on this site. I was told it would be a great trouble free, easy to repair dryer and I have to say that it's been anything but. Very frustrating.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

.. I thought the electrician would have performed that, no?
... ttrouble free, easy to repair dryer and I have to say that it's been anything but.

Voltages at the Dryer Terminal Strip may now be bad
... easy to repair IF you have the basic tools and a multi-meter for testing voltage and electrical parts inside the Dryer
Heating Element may be partially shorted to chassis (ground)
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

I have the basic tools and I can borrow a multi-meter.

Should I just go to youtube and research how to fix the short and replace the dryer terminal strip?

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:23 PM

... research how to fix the short and replace the dryer terminal strip?

... how to test the Heater Element for a short
and Terminal Strip voltages
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:21 PM

Ok, here's a new development. When I run the dryer without any clothes inside, the aluminum vent gets extremely hot, yet when I put a load of clothes inside the vent barely stays warm. Does that make sense?

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:24 PM

sounds like an air-flow problem ..
try a load with the Vent disconnected ..
Posting actual Vent temperatures would be helpful
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:27 PM

Ok I will. One thing though, the top of the dryer is always cool to warm. I thought a hot top of the dryer meant an air flow problem and the vent needed cleaning, no?

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:16 PM

What are the Vent temperatures ?

With an empty load, Timed Dry, High Heat, the vent temperature should cycle somewhere between 135F and 160F

Check the Vent air temperature at the back of the Dryer using a probe-type thermometer.

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Dryer Vent:
Vent should be rigid metal.
Short lengths of flexible metal may be OK, if not crimped when moving the Dryer into place.
NO plastic
NO PVC
NO screws
Foil Duct Tape is OK.

Check / clean the Dryer Vent

Disconnect the Dryer Vent and check for good air-flow there and where it exits the house.


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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:18 AM

I'll do this tonight or tomorrow and get back to you, thanks for your help.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 04:42 PM

Well Sir, you were correct! It is an air flow problem. I did a small load of rags, disconnected the rigid aluminum vent tube attached my wife's pantyhose to the end and attached a thermometer. The end of the vent is about the same height as the dryer so I allowed for a few degrees of temp loss and it averaged about 140 through high heat and dried the rags in about 20-25 mins.

So thanks for your help and now I'm off to Angie's List to find a reputable vent cleaner in my area!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:32 PM

www.dryerventwizard.com

Edited by Scottthewolf, 11 September 2012 - 09:33 PM.

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