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Dryer is Too Hot

Dryer is Too Hot

There are several components of the dryer that are involved with maintaining the proper temperature. If one of these components is damaged or worn, it can easily become more hot than you intended. You can check out the parts below to diagnose your problem, and also find links to the parts that you’ll need to make the repairs yourself. Snap Supply parts come with easy to follow instructions that make it easy to take the repair into your own hands. 


Dryer Thermostats

There are two kinds of thermostats in a dryer: a high limit thermostat and a cycling thermostat. The cycling thermostat tells the heating element when to turn on and when to turn off to maintain the desired temperature. The high limit thermostat turns the heating element off if it gets too hot. 


These parts can become damaged over time. If they are damaged, the dryer might have trouble reaching and maintaining the desired temperatures, or it may not heat up at all. 


You can also check out Snap Supply’s dryer heating element and thermostat kits. Because the heating element and thermostat work together to heat up the appliance, we typically recommend replacing both at the same time.


How to Troubleshoot Dryer Thermostats:

Note: this process requires a multimeter

  1. Disconnect the dryer from its power source.
  2. Find and remove the high limit thermostat - depending on the model, you can usually find it behind the dryer vent at the back of the dryer.
  3. Find and remove the cycling thermostat - depending on the model, you can usually find it behind the panel at the back of the dryer.
  4. If you are unsure where the thermostats are, consult your owner’s manual.
  5. Test the terminals of both thermostat using the multimeters RX1 setting. 
  6. If you do not receive a reading of zero or infinity, you must replace the thermostat.

Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your dryer.


Find the right thermostat for your dryer here!

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