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    Default Frigidaire dryer hot when not running

    Frigidaire CREF342A52 dryer gets really hot when it is not running.
    Just because the timer is sitting with 30 minutes left and the machine is not actually running should it be getting hot? I wouldnt think it would start getting hot until you turned it on.

    Alot of times I throw one article of clothing in there for 10 minutes. the timer doesent actually go all the way down to shutting itself off. I shut it off by opening the door. when I close the door and dont turn it back on it stays hot. Now if I manually turn the dial back down to OFF it cools off. has it always been like this?

    Any ideas

    Thanks
    Last edited by drewdakota; November 14th, 2007 at 07:53 PM.

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    Hi,

    Please check your model# again, I can't locate anything on that one.

    It sounds like you've got a grounded heating element, that means the element broke and one side of it is touching the heater housing, thus grounding it to always stay on even when its not running, but the timer is on.

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    I will check the model # again when I get home

    CREF342SA2 it could have been an S and not a 5

    Anyway, if I turn the heater dial to off the unit cools down, but if the heater dial is sitting at 10 minutes left, the unit gets hot.

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    I found it, its: CREF342AS2

    Ok, you will need to unplug or turn the breaker off to your dryer, then take it apart, this link will show you how:
    http://www.applianceaid.com/wwf-howto.html

    Then look at your element, you will probably see a broken element wire touching the metal element housing.

    Here's the heating element assembly for your model:
    Manufacturer's Number: 131553900



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