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Common solutions for: RCA Dryer overheating

01 - RCA Dryer Heating Element
The heating element warms the air before the air enters the dryer drum. If the element is partially shorted out, it may produce heat continuously, even if the dryer has reached the proper temperature. When this happens, the dryer gets too hot. To determine if the heating element is at fault, use a multimeter to test each terminal for continuity to the case. If the heating element has continuity to the case, it is shorted out. If the heating element is shorted out, replace it.
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02 - RCA Dryer Heating Element Assembly
The heating element warms air as it passes over the element. If the element is partially shorted out, it may produce heat continuously, even if the dryer has reached the proper temperature. When this happens, the dryer gets too hot. To determine if the heating element is at fault, first use a multimeter to test the heating element for continuity. If the heating element does not have continuity, replace it. Next, test for continuity from each terminal to the case. If the heating element has conti...nuity to the case, it is shorted out. If the heating element is shorted out, replace it.
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Dryer Heating Element Assembly
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03 - Air Flow Problem
If the vent is clogged or partially clogged, it will restrict the airflow through the dryer, substantially increasing the drying time. To ensure proper dryer performance, you should clean your dryer’s venting system at least once per year.
04 - RCA Dryer Drive Motor
A dryer's drive motor will drive the drum belt to rotate the drum as well as spin a blower wheel to circulate the air through the drum during operation. If the dryer runs for a while and then stops, and won't start again until it cools down, it's likely the drive motor is malfunctioning and will need to be replaced.
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05 - RCA Dryer Thermistor
A dryer thermistor monitors the dryer temperature and sends a resistance reading to the control board. If the thermistor is malfunctioning, it may fail to send the correct reading to the control board resulting in the dryer overheating. If you've determined there is good air flow coming out the home's outside vent hood and the dryer venting is free of obstructions, the thermistor is one of the components you can test for electrical continuity with a multimeter to see if it's functioning properly.... While the thermistor should have continuity at room temperature, the ohm’s reading should go lower as the temperature on the sensor increases. If the thermistor has shorted or shows no continuity it should be replaced with a new one. Thermistors rarely get out of calibration.
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Dryer Thermistor
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06 - Clogged lint filter
A clogged lint filter will cause a loss of air flow, which can cause the dryer to overheat and eventually trip the thermal fuse. For the best drying performance, clean the lint filter before starting the dryer. If you use dryer sheets, residue can build up on the lint filter. If you cannot blow air through the dryer lint filter it will need to be cleaned with a brush, soap, water.

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