Are you constantly having to reset the thermal overload on your top-load Fisher Paykel dryer?
There are several things you can check before you call a repairman. The first thing you should always do is check your venting from the dryer outlet to the hood outside your home. Make sure it is free and clear of lint buildup and is not crushed or obstructed in any way. If you have done this already and are certain that your venting system is not causing any issues, the next thing to do is to remove the Lint Collector Housing (shroud) located on the left side of the drum that holds the lint bucket in place. Below is a drawing of what this part looks like:
Here is a breakdown of the other parts including the lint filter:
To remove the shroud, simply remove the single phillips-head screw located directly behind the lint bucket. Pop out the lint bucket like you would normally do to empty it, and you will see this screw in plain view. Once you remove this screw, the shroud can be pulled out of the drum. If you see a buildup of lint behind the shroud, this is likely to be the reason your resettable overload keeps tripping on you. Clean the excess lint and if possible, vacuum out the entire area behind the shroud, being careful not to tear or damage the round lint screen. If you are finding your venting is constantly getting clogged with lint build-up, you may have a hole or a tear in your lint scrren. With the shroud off, carefully examine the lint screen. if you find any tears or holes, it should be replaced. For best results, replace the filter, retainer ring and lint scraper as a set.
See this part listing: Lint Filter and related parts
Another thing to look for on older top-load models is to examine the shroud itself. The older units had raised or camphered holes in the shroud and lint sometimes would build up between the holes. Newer models have a smooth-backed shroud that is less likely to catch lint. If the backside of your existing shroud has holes with any sort of "raised area" around them, you have the older shroud. If your shroud is smooth on the backside around each hole (hole is flush with the surface) you have the newer style shroud already. (We will update this article soon with photos of both styles for easy identification)
Owners of Electric Smartload Dryers will also want to read over This article regarding the heater box assembly.