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Kenmore 80 series electric dryer

Could there be an eletrical problem?

Problem:Dryer cut out mid cycle was very hot.

Steps Taken: Tested thermostat and cutoffs. Thermal fuse was bad so I changed it. After reconnecting check air out put at dryer was good but to the outside of home was not good. Cleaning exhaust to the outside.

Concern: Noticed after running for 10min or so and discovering block outside vent that the dryer was still hot to touch the next morning about 6 hrs after running and before I could unblock the vent. have not run dryer agin yet but I did unplug.

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Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on appliances. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the make and complete model number of your product so your expert will be able to provide you the best possible answer. Just click on reply below where you can provide the additional information.
by Manage My Life
November 9th, 2011
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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Based on your symptom and details it sounds like the heating element is staying on when the dryer is off. This can be caused by a broken and shorted heating element or by a stuck motor contact in the centrifugal switch. If the timer is left in the on position; the timer will complete the L1 circuit to the heating element and if the element is broken and shorted to the heating element housing; the element will heat up on 120 volts. If the motor centrifugal switch (M1 and M2) is stuck, it will complete the L2 circuit to the heating element.

I recommend

disconnecting the power cord from the power source

and then removing and inspecting the heating element first. If the heating element is not broken and shorted and the timer is turned off, then it may have stuck contact in the motor centrifugal switch.

So that's what I can tell you at this point. Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post along with the model number of your dryer.
by Joey S Earned 2,049 community points in Kenmore
November 9th, 2011
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OK Joey,

The dryer element is not grounded and will shut off in all cycles except the timed dry cycle. If I mannually move the dial to the off position it shut off but if the dial is anywhere in the timed area even if I do not start the dryer then the element is on. Is this a problem in the dial or some where else?
by Manage My Life
November 10th, 2011
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Joey S
Charles: The element can stay on when the timer is on and the motor is off if the motor centrifugal switch (M1 and M2) are stuck closed. This would mean that it needs a new motor because the motor centrifugal switch is not likely available as a separate part. I can't confirm if the centrifugal switch is available as a separate part with having the model number of your dryer.
by Joey S Earned 2,049 community points in Kenmore
November 10th, 2011
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