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My dryer control panel stays warm when not in use. I am unplugging it when done with laundry as the breaker is outside. Can I get a switch put in next to it to turn it off?

By JT

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June 11, 20130 found this helpful

Any time a wire, outlet, or part of an appliance is warm to the touch when not in use the user is getting a very important warning of a serious electrical problem!

A clothes dryer is not 'on stand-by' the way a TV or stereo is, so the info that your dryer control panel is warm after being allowed to cool from a drying cycle is worrisome. Something in that panel has broken, frayed, or otherwise become damaged.

You need to have a licensed, qualified, and insured repair tech in as soon as you can to repair it. Try your dryer manufacturer's website to find a factory trained repair tech, and also check to see if your model has been recalled for the problem.

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Some have (Beko dryers and fridge-freezers have been here in the UK and for the same reason-several home fires have happened from faulty control panels) and the recalled models are being replaced or repaired at the manufacturer's cost.

I understand how important the use of a clothes dryer is in today's busy world but you are risking a fire every time you plug that one in and use it.

In a perfect world I would advise not using the dryer until you have it repaired but it's not a perfect world. So if you are budget-tight and must use the dryer before having it fixed, never leave the dryer running when you cannot constantly check to make sure a fire hasn't started while in use. And yes do keep unplugging it between uses-be careful when you unplug it so that you don't suffer a potentially fatal shock-a faulty control panel can also cause a dangerously high voltage shock if not repaired quickly.

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Please update when you have had the appliance repaired, I'm going to be thinking of you and your household until hearing the danger has passed!

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