Dryer Overheating When Turned Off
Model Number: FERB7800DS0 Brand:
1 - 5 years
I have read through the other posts, but can't find a problem that's quite identical to mine, which is why I'm adding a new thread.
I walked into the laundry room the other day and smelled burning electrical wires. The dryer was run earlier in the day. When I started investigating, I found the top and back of the housing to be too hot to touch. I unplugged it and it cooled down, then I plugged it back in to try and determine the problem. What I discovered is that when the dryer is on any temperature setting other than Air Dry, it gets too hot to touch. It doesn't matter if there is time left on the timer or not (in other words, it can be Off, and still overheat). As long as the blower is running, the housing does not overheat. It only starts to overheat when the blower motor shuts off.
Using another troubleshooting website, the diagnosis was a bad control thermostat. I ordered and replaced that part today, but the problem still persists. As long as I keep the dryer unplugged when not in use, it is fine.
Another website suggested that I have a grounded heating element, but I don't understand this diagnosis. Wouldn't the power to the heating element be turned off when the dryer timer was off? I don't mind spending money to fix this issue, but I'd like to fix it once and fix it right. Can anyone suggest a reason why the heating element stays on all the time whether or not the timer is on?
Thanks in advance for your help.