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Question DetailsAsked on 7/26/2015

The back of dryer is very hot

I have a Electrolux electrical dryer, model number EIED55HIW0. Accidentally, when I touched the back of the dryer, at one particular spot, it was very hot. The surrounding area is warm. Since this is my first time to touch the dryer while it is running (I was trying to grab a cloth fell to the back of the dryer), I have no idea if this is normal.


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Very Hot,is not normal in my opinion. Definately have it checked. Could be that the dryer vent needs cleaning! 15,000 plus Dryer Vent Fires every year.

Hust Google "Dryer Fires" to learn more.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC


Thanks for the comments.

i did look into a little more. only a very small area on the back of dryer (outside) was very hot. Top or sidesof the dryer are fine. Is that the other side of heater where I can feel very hot?

Answered 4 years ago by shiyang100


It could be, I haven't worked on Appliances for many years, so not familar with the brand you have. Strictly Heating and cooling system work today.


Answered 4 years ago by BayAreaAC


If this is right behind the controls I would worry a lot. If right behind the heating element (usually is visible glowing red through "grating" holes in top back of drum area inside if electric dryer when you open door when it is running), then that area will commonly get hot enough to feel too hot to hold your hand one, though should not be enough to burn your skin with a couple second touch. Area right behind the lint trap and around the exhaust hose/duct will also get uncomfortably (though not to point of instant burn) hot to the touch.

You could use a digital (NOT mercury) thermometer, held against it (careful about dropping) with a sock or washcloth over the outside (away from the dryer) to insulate it to read the approximate temperature, then eMail the company to see what they say. Generally, if any part is hotter than clothes taken out of the dryer immediately after the end of hottest (usually permanent press) cycle or hotter than a hot plate or bowl you take out of microwave and can move to the stove or countertop but cannot "hold" onto, then I would consider it too hot.

If still uncertain, have it looked at by an Electrolux repairman if under warranty, otherwise your Search the List category is Appliance Repair - Large.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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