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I own some rental properties. One is about 2 1/2 hours away.

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Hi, I own some rental properties. One is about 2 1/2 hours away. Not sure the brand but I will find out but I wanted to ask a general question. I just received an email from one of the tenants saying that he doesn't think the temperature control knob works and that it is only drying on hot, and the other temperatures seem to be unavailable. It is an older machine. Does this sound right? If so, what might be the cause of something like that?
Thanks, Andy
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 4 months ago.

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Well it could be, but one most dryers no matter what the temp selection says there are actually only two temps low and high...155 and if it is always hot I would say maybe the thermostat above the vent outport is the one that you would need to change out.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.

Is that typically an expensive or hard job vs. just buying a second-hand dryer online for maybe $175. I have some basic DIY skills.

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 4 months ago.

It is not a bad job just remove the back panel and put a new one on. Also check the vent for blockages as that will cause the unit to overheat or be hot.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.

One last question - if you were me would you just replace it and hope that is the answer or can you use some type of multi-meter reader to gauge output or something to make a determination that it is the thermostat?

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 4 months ago.

I would just change it and clean the vent to the outside port it will correct any overtemp issues for sure.

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