Here's one for the history books!! I replaced the rear bearing since the dryer was making an awful squeaking noise. Unfortunately, I unplugged the washer instead of the dryer before working on it. I actually got zapped when I accidentally touched the element, then for some reason, perhaps I hit the element again, but a few sparks flew and one side of the element glowed orange for several seconds then stopped. I went on and finished the work and fixed the noise problem, but now the dryer is not heating. Is it likely I trashed the element? I guess that's why the manuals say to call a trained professional. Basic safety tip....unplug the appliance before digging into it!!! Anyway, thanks for the help!!
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Re: GE dryer tumbles, but there's no heat
Hello coylejm, Thank goodness, 220v has a BAD reputation. Your hunch is correct. To confirm use a DVM to check the heating elements conductivity. Open one terminal of the element and measure ohms of the terminal. A very unlickley chance you damaged the control box. Merry Christmas.
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All ge dryers have a center bearing on the back side of the drum and drum glides on the frontside. The glides make a scrubbing sound when bad and the drum is hard to turn. The rear bearing does a squeak thang when the plastic bearing wears thin and begins to make metal to metal contact between drum mount and rear bulkhead mount. It is an easy fix but the drum gotta come out. here is my pictorial page that shows how with videos and repair pix: Paw Paws GE dryer repair page
The drum rides on a bearing in the rear which cause the squeal. The squeal eventually cuts into the bearing and the whole drum begins to rub against the heating element. This causes the breaker to trip. How it works: GE clothes dryer
On a GE dryer the part that squeaks most is a WE3X75. Centerpost drum bearing. It is a simple repair but you must get into the machine.On a frigidaire model The plastic bearing that mounts in the rear sorta like a GE model. No other dryers that I can recall have the squeaks. The newer GE dryers are made very simular to the old reliable frigidaire models so you ought to hit it out the ball park with these 2 links.
Make sure all the wires were replaced correctly and check the circuit breaker two control an electric dryer one for go one for heat. if all the wires were not replaced correctly you may have tripped one or it may have caused the prolem without tripping one . I'd start with the wires.
If the squeaking has been going on for only a short time, you may be able to get by with only replacing the rear drum bearing, but if it has been going on for some time you should replace the drum bearing kit part #
WE25M40. Also be sure to check that the front drum slides are ok, especially the one on the left side of the front drum support, as this one wears out faster. Drum slides #
WE1M333 and if front support frame is worn so that there is nothing left to hook the slides into you would need a
YOU MOST LIKELY HAVE A REAR DRUM BEARING FAILING. IT IS A SMALL TEFLON BEARING THAT SLIPS ON OVER THE REAR SHAFT OF THE DRUM AND INTO THE HOLE IN THE REAR OF THE DRYER. THERE ARE ALSO FRONT GLIDES THAT SUPPORT THE FRONT OF THE DRYER. OLDER DRYERS HAVE THE FRONT SUPPORTS UNDER THE DRUM SO THE DRUM RESTS ON THEM. NEWER G.E. DRYERS HAVE A PLASTIC RING WITH THREE TEFLON GLIDES ON TOP OF THEM AND THE DRUM HANGS FROM THESE GLIDES. REPLACE ALL OR SOME OF THE ABOVE PARTS TO ELIMINATE YOUR SQUEAK.
ON OTHER POSSIBILITY, THE IDLER PULLEY THAT KEEPS TENSION ON THE BELT CAN BECOME A SQUEAK MAKER.