This dryer is heating but it seems to get TOO hot . Which thermostat do I order for this?
Answer Hi Brenda. This can be because of a few reasons. FIRST--Make sure the vent is entirely clear and not restricted. Make sure the outside vent cap / hood is opening and closing properly 4-5x /yr. so lint and moisture does not back up and create a restriction causing these issues. Then Use a volt/ohm meter part # TJMA-DM1 to assist you in your diagnostics. Check to make sure the heater is not shorted to the casing and staying on. Ohm the heater out. Then check one terminal to chassis ground at a time to see if it reads 0- ohms. If so then the heater is part # 5303161050. Then see if the cycling thermostat is not opening when it should. Usually if all previously mentioned checks are verified then if your dryer upper sides and top are too hot then the thermostat is welded shut and not opening at the correct temperature. Yours is a 2-part cycling thermostat. The outer center is a Bias preheater part # 131658100 for better operating parameters of the thermostat part # 5308015847. There may be a chance that the dryer motor heater circuit is staying on after the centrifugal switch should open. You will need to follow the wiring diagram sup[plied in your units control panel to see if the centrifugal switch is open or or stuck closed. Thank You.
What does the heater do, and what does the thermostat do in the operation of the dryer?
Answer Hello Jim. The heater is what heats the dryer to dry the clothes. The thermostat is what regulates the heat inside the dryer. Hope this helps.