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3 Common Reasons Dryer is Getting Too Hot

3 Common Reasons Dryer is Getting Too Hot

It’s laundry day, and you go to check on your clothes, but as soon as your hand touches the dryer, you pull back. Isn’t that hotter than it should be? 

If your dryer is getting too hot, it could be a warning sign that you need to call a professional. Here are three common reasons that your dryer is too hot. 

1. A Blocked Dryer Vent

There are 2,900 home dryer fires per year. The most common reason for these fires is failing to clean the dryer. You should always clean the lint trap every time you use the machine. 

While many homeowners understand the importance of cleaning the lint trap, not everyone is aware of how important it is to have your dryer vents cleared. Lint can accumulate in the back of the dryer, in the dryer vent hose or pipe. 

Dryer vent temperatures can rise if your dryer vent becomes blocked.

Clean behind the dryer to remove any lint or dust that has accumulated. A narrow hose can vacuum up lint and debris stuck in the vent. If you don’t have the right equipment or you’re worried about causing damage, call a professional to have the vent cleaned.

Also, you’ll want to check the outside of your home to ensure the vent isn’t blocked by snow or debris. 

If your dryer vent is hot to the touch, call a professional to have a dryer vent cleaning performed. 

2. A Broken Heating Element

A warped heating element can cause a dryer to get excessively warm before dying. Heating elements can also shift, especially after continued use. This is a fairly common problem. 

Warped heating elements or heating coils that move and touch the drum or other machine parts can cause the dryer to get too hot. 

If your dryer is too hot to touch, this may be the cause. If you notice this, you need to call for dryer repair. The fix may be a matter of replacing these warped heating coils. 

3. A Defective Cycling Thermostat

Your cycling thermostat is located in the back panel of your dryer. It turns on and off as needed, regulating the temperature of your dryer. In short, the cycling thermostat can open and close the electricity heading to the heating element. 

However, a faulty thermostat can cause the temperature of your dryer to rise too much. 

Before you call for dryer replacement, have a technician come and take a look at your machine. If it’s a faulty cycling thermostat, that part will need replacing. 

Solutions if Your Dryer Is Getting Too Hot 

Any of these reasons as to why your dryer is getting too hot could be the underlying issue. If you regularly perform dryer maintenance and keep your dryer clean and you still can’t solve the issue, you may need a professional to come and take a look at your machine. 

Is your dryer getting too hot? Lintless Dryer Vent Cleaning in New Jersey is here for you. We’ll come out and clean your dryer vents for you, so you don’t have to worry any longer. 

Schedule a service today to get started.