Let me tell you that THIS is not what you want to happen to your dryer! Fortunately, this did not happen when my dryer broke because, as I understand the repairman, there is a special fuse built in our dryer that is set so that it will not allow your dryer to get too hot. I don't think all dryers have this.
Anyway, for the last two weeks I have had to hang my laundry to dry. It wouldn't be that bad except that I really don't have time. And, it's our rainy season so I can't hang them and leave without running the risk of them getting rained on and having to start over. And one load takes all day to dry inside. But, if you find yourself needing to hang clothes, check out my friend Joni's list
But, back to my point of saving your dryer. The repairman was able to fix my dryer, but told me not to use it until we clean the dryer vents. He suggested a company to call, but I know they are going to charge me a good chunk of money. So my husband started researching ways to do this himself. We live in a 2 story townhome and are not supposed to go up on the roof ourselves. And I don't want the liability of the entire roof if something should go wrong. But, he found a way to clean ours from the inside via YouTube. I'm beginning to love YouTube! :)
Please do yourself a favor and clean your dryer vents so you don't end up with a house fire. My stepmom's dryer caught on fire several years ago and fortunately she was home and was able to put it out quickly so no major damage was done. Here are some useful tools to do this: