Dryer Hot to the Touch or Sweats

Proper airflow is very important to the operation of the dryer. There are some things that can be checked and some things should be done periodically to get the best operation from the dryer.

  • Inspect and clean the exhaust ducting at least once a year to prevent clogging. A partially clogged exhaust can impair performance.  For more information, see Things To Check For A Dryer Venting Issue
  • Check wall cap on the outside for any obstruction. Snow or ice should not be allowed to accumulate around the outside wall cap.
  • Check the installation instructions to be sure that the proper number of elbows are used relative to the correct length of venting. This could also cause the dryer to condense or sweat around the door opening and on the door. Download the Owner's Manual and/or Installation Instructions.
  • Do not stack clothing on the floor in front of the dryer since the dryer draws air in along the front at the floor.
  • The vent should be semi-rigid metal or flexible metal only. GE Appliances does not recommend plastic flexible duct. If the dryer cannot rid itself of the excess heat and humidity it will build up inside the dryer drum. This type of build up may cause the dryer to be hot to the touch, sweat, and may increase your drying times.
  • For best operation use a four-inch wall cap on the outside.
  • Always use the proper heat setting for the fabric you are drying.
  • On sensor dry models it is important that the dryer is level to ensure clothes are tumbling properly and can make contact with the moisture sensors located in the lower front of the dryer.
  • The dryer should always be used in a heated location. Using a dryer in an unheated location particularly in the cooler months can cause dryer to condense or sweat.
  • Electric models only:
    • Disconnect the vent from the back of the dryer and run a load or two. If the symptoms go away it is likely you had a venting problem. If the symptoms continue there may be a service issue with the dryer.
    • Note: Do not operate a gas dryer without the vent; possible carbon monoxide fumes could enter the room around the dryer.

Note: Venting problems are not considered a manufacturing defect and are not covered by your warranty.

For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.