** Frigidaire Gallery Dryer **
I'm afraid that is not enough information to identify the appliance in question. What is needed is its exact model number. If you post it we can look it up to see what appliance design you're dealing with.
You can find tips for locating the model and serial number identification tag on your appliances at the following link:
- Model Number Tag Location Guide
LINK > www.appliance411.com/parts/tagsearch.cgi
** The dryer is getting excessivly hot. **
Where exactly is it getting excessively hot?
** exhaust is all clear all the way outside, with pretty good airflow. **
How long is the vent and what material if it made from (see the following link).
- How long can my dryer vent be?
LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=778
If the cabinet and/or top is getting hot, that is most often a sign of poor air flow through the dryer. Try running a load or two with the venting totally removed to see if it is any better... once the element problem is corrected (see below).
** heating coil was getting red hot, except for a small 1/4 section at the top left hand side. **
Than part of the coil must be shorted to ground. Check the coil for breaks, especially around the insulators where a break might be hidden from plain view.
** I opened it up and there's only one element and its clear of the housing. **
The coil is made of metal which expands with heat. It is not impossible for a break to separate and short only when hot.
** What could cause only a portion of the coil to not heat up while the other 3/4 gets red hot? **
Only a short to ground. The electricity is bypassing that part of the element. The coil is just a piece of wire. Power should flow though it uniformly if only being powered from each end.
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