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Dryers - Explanation of Temperatures

The internal temperature of a dryer may be affected by several variables. Some of these variables are noted below:

Variable Impact
Load Size and Dampness The combination of these two factors determines the amount of heat sink will take place in the dryer drum.
Room Temperature A dryer pulls air in and heats it up to help dry the clothes. Hence, the air temperature of the room may effect the outgoing temperature in the dryer.
Air Flow Restrictions in air flow such as long vents, vinyl flexible ductwork, or lint build up will cause heat to rise rather than following its designed air flow pattern. When this occurs, safety thermostat(s) will sense the high temperature building within the drum and cycle the heat source off until the excessive temperature has subsided.

Listed below are the internal temperature range specifications for dryer operating thermostats in extra large capacity dryers manufactured after August 1992 and large capacity models manufactured after January 1994. Models manufactured prior to these dates had higher acceptable internal temperatures.

Cycle Temperature
Low Heat
(Delicate/Gentle)
125°
Medium Heat
(Permanent Press)
135°
High
(Normal/Cottons)
135°

Note: Special equipment and procedures are used by factory trained technicians to diagnose temperature related problems in a dryer.
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