Why Do Dryers Overheat?

Overheating is one of the biggest concerns that homeowners have with their dryers. Sometimes, dryers suddenly become very hot, and in some cases are too hot to even touch, while the clothes inside still remain damp. The most common reasons for a dryer overheating are:

  • The dryer is electric – overheating and excessive temperatures is more common on electric dryers.
  • Problem with the heating element – most dryers have two or more elements that are made of metal coils. When one of the coils breaks, the dryer can malfunction, resulting in hot temperatures.
  • Sometimes metal that ends up in the dryer will become caught in the element and lead to overheating. Items that can cause this problem include safety pins and hairpins. It is important that you always empty pockets before putting clothes in the dryer.
  • The thermostat of the dryer is stuck on a hot setting.
  • The dryer vent is clogged.

No matter what the cause of excessive heating in a dryer, it is best to discontinue using it until you have the problem fixed. It is highly recommended to seek the advice of a dryer technician, as unidentified problems can easily create a fire and a safety hazard in the home.

Matic Service are experts when it comes to Dryer Service. If you have a question about your dryer, or want to get it up and running safely once again, call us on (02) 9709 6188.