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    Default Dryer back heating up

    Model NVL333EY0ww
    Hotpoint dryer

    Is it normal for this dryer to get too hot to leave your hand on a section of the back toward the top and a little to the left?
    It is discolored from heating up before I got it. It seems to be cycling as it should.

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    If you have poor air flow or a grounded element staying on all of the time it may happen...but normally no.
    Heat does rise, so at the back top it may be hot to the touch normally.

    NVL333EY0ww
    This is a Frigidaire built GE/Hotpoint dryer.

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    This is a Frigidaire built GE/Hotpoint dryer.
    Yep. It is the GE I took the element out of to "fix" the Frigidaire that would make the scraping sound when it heated up. I put the element back in the GE along with the new rear bearing.

    I did also change the heater housing. The one from the GE had what looked like a piece of a heat shield stabled on at the top of the housing which was blackened from heat. Evidently this had been going on a while. I assumed the shield was supposed to keep the top from getting hot. The element does not appear to be shorted, and according to my thermometer, it does cycle.

    The dryer is in my shop and is not attached to any vent pipe, except I did put a piece of flex pipe on it once and ran it across the floor toward the back door. It feels like it is blowing good with no restriction.

    When I got this dryer and saw the scorched area on the back, I was kind of hoping it may have happened when the rear drum bearing went out and it could not rotate.

    I may change the cycling stat for one a little cooler (5 degrees) and see if it makes a difference.

    P.S. Kind of strange to me, it has 3 cycles, Auto high heat, Auto Med heat, and like 70 minutes no heat .

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    70 minutes no heat
    Whom would ever need that much!?!?

    I assumed the shield was supposed to keep the top from getting hot.
    Suppose to help yes.

    When I got this dryer and saw the scorched area on the back
    Previous owner may have had a bad vent, forgot to clean the filter out a few times, etc.....I usually paint that area to make it look good and fresh.

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    I agree on the 70 minute no heat cycle. Might as well hang the clothes out.
    I thought about painting it, but I would need some high heat paint. I have some but not the right color...as if that really matters on the back.

    Just can't figure what is causing the heat buildup, unless the cycling stat is getting out of whack intermittently or the element is sagging when hot then grounding.

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    Just can't figure what is causing the heat buildup
    Could have been from the previous owner!

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    Yeah, what I had hoped at first, but it is still doing it even with it not being connected to a vent. I think I will use my infra red thermometer to see if I can get some idea of how hot it getting back there.

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    Safety thermostat, L260
    Safety thermostat is 260?F, so anything up to that would be common/ok.

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    On the back of the cabinet??? It seems to be well within that. The area around the top left screw holding the hosing showed about 160 at the highest according to my infra red thermometer. Mostly around 110 to 140.

    P.S. I dried a load of clothes in this dryer and checked the clothes before it had finished. They were almost too hot to handle. I don't remember clothes getting quite that hot. May be normal, I seldom check clothes before a cycle is finished. It did seem to get hotter on the back when it had a load of hot clothes in it.

    I did hold a piece of paper towel against the hot are on the back to see if it would ignite. Heheheh, I seem to be having a run of bad luck with these things lately.
    Last edited by Boman; 02-14-2015 at 09:39 PM.

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    On the back of the cabinet??? It seems to be well within that.
    Good.

    I dried a load of clothes in this dryer and checked the clothes before it had finished. They were almost too hot to handle.
    Check them after the cool down when the cycle ends.

    jeff.
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