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Sensor dry timer problem

My LG DLE5977S was purchaced approx.2 years ago, but put into service only 6 months ago. When we use the SENSOR DRY timer, the time was set on NORMAL (41 min.) The display says 41 min. than jumps down 6-8 min. every few seconds, than shuts off after maybe 8 total min. We put into manual dry and it worked fine. Please help me.

Thank You in advance. Cabin

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    When you put dryer on 45 mins to dry it only stays on for 20mins



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Clean off the moisture sensor bars. They are the silver curved strips about 4 inches long inside the drum near the lint fitler. If you use fabric softner sheets, a waxy build up will coat the bars. The dyer can no longer sense the damp clothes, so it goes into the cool down and then shuts off. Time dry bypasses the moisture sensor.

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