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Intermittent heat in our GE electric dryer

When we first turn the dryer on the heat seems to be OK but after a short time it diminishes to barely warm. It takes 2½ hours to dry a full cotton load that used to dry in 70 minutes.

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Hello Makathi,
Your problem may be related to a few things.. Depending on the age and use of your dryer, your heating element may be on its way out ( meaning that the element itself is eroding to a point of it not getting hot enough and will eventually open and need replacement) but.. you could have other issues too that affect the dry time.. You need to verify that your exhaust system is free from lint and is NOT restricting air flow out. You could have something in the blower itself that restricts air flow. Those are the basic components associated with your system dry process. If I were there, the very first thing I would check is the exhaust path out of the dryer ( including the end diverter to make sure that isn't restricting flow) Since yours is an electric dryer, you could do a simple test indoors by detaching the exhaust line and running the dryer inside for a short time.. The byproduct of electric dryers isn't as dangerous as a gas system so its ok to run it that way to check the flow coming out of the dryer,... Chances are one of the things I mentioned will solve your problem.. I'll keep an eye out for your feedback.. Hope this helps you
Regards,
Rick

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

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