Electric Dryer Repair: Troubleshooting an Overheating Dryer

If your dryer is overheating, it may be time to look in to some electric dryer repair. A dryer that is too hot can not only cause problems with your clothes, but can also start a fire. Finding the reason and fixing it quickly is essential.

Vent Issues

If your dryer is overheating, the first step should be to check the vent. The vents that carry the heated air outside your home can become clogged or blocked. Check the outside of the dryer first to make sure the vent is clear. Then follow the vent line inside to check for any kinks or curling that may have occurred. Replacing a vent line is cheap and easy.

It's also important to make sure that you have enough room for proper ventilation. If you have a small laundry room, it may be tempting to push the dryer back towards the wall. A dryer needs about a foot of space between the wall and the unit to function properly.


Not only should you clean your lint trap after every load, but the trap housing (where the trap sits) needs to be cleaned a few times a year. You can find simple tools to use for this. A dryer brush, which is usually a long, thin, bristle brush, will usually pull any excess lint out of the dryer.