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Gas dryer getting way to hot.

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My Maytag Gas Dryer Model# SDG3606AWW is getting way to hot during normal usage.  I watched the video but it only mentioned the problems with an electric dryer.  Any help for my gas one?

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Dryer Vent 4" diameter

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.
With an empty load, Timed Dry, High Heat, the vent temperature should cycle somewhere between 135F and 160F
Check / clean the Dryer Vent
Disconnect the Dryer Vent and check for good air-flow there and where it exits the house.
Check the Vent air temperature at the back of the Dryer.

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How do you know it's getting too hot? Burning clothes? Are the clothes dry in a short period if time?

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The interior of the dryer has never burned my wife's arm before and the exhaust tube is much hotter then normal and yes the clothes are drying much faster.  All of this is happening while the dryer is set on Medium heat.  It seems that the burner is not turning off.  I haven't taken it apart yet because if it is probably going to be an expensive fix then we will just replace the entire unit.  It is 10 years old, but has been very dependable up til now. If I am able to replace a simple part, I will give it a try but I have limited electrical skills but I am willing to take a shock for the team if needed!

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actual cycling temperature readings of the Dryer Vent air may tell us something

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Do you mean the temperature of the air coming out of the exhaust tube or from some where else?

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Measure the temp. at the rear of the dryer, in the air flow .............A simple thermometer suggested by our resident Sensei,   RegU.S.,,will help with the diagnostic............If the burner does not turn off, it could be the cycling thermostat has failed...........There should be a little hole ( with cap over it ) to put your eye up to and see the flame / no flame..........Temp should be in the ballpark of 160 deg. F'......................P.S..Check your venting...........I have seen temps up to 225 F' :woot:  measured inside ( at the door ) and it was only a very restricted vent............( hot, damp clothes :sweat: )............... .... .. .

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Alrighty, I checked the air temperature inside the exhaust tube while the dryer was empty and running on "Regular" setting and I am getting readings up to 190F while the burner is on.  The burner is turning off at regular intervals and the temperature obviously drops to about 120F.  Does all this sound normal?  I didn't think that the burner was turning off at all but now that I ran it with the front cover off and have seen that the igniter comes on, then the gas ignites and shuts off at regular times, I am wondering if there isn't anything wrong.  Any thoughts out there?

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Again just to make sure I am taking the temperature in the right place, I was checking the temp inside the exhaust tube that goes outside the house.  Not the temp inside the drum where the clothes go.  Right?

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... I was checking the temp inside the exhaust tube that goes outside the house.

yes

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