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GE Electric Dryers Automatic Cycle won't advance/turn off

My electric dryers automatic cycle won't advance, therefore, turn off. The timed setting works fine. The heat works fine as I just use the timed cycle until I get the automatic cycle fixed. The dryer is about 8 years old. I found this problem after I set the dryer at night and found it still running in the morning. The dryer was hot to touch but not so hot it burned. I figured this was due to running for 8 or so hours straight. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • korys23 Jan 17, 2009

    I am having the same problem, it runs and heats fine just when in the Automatic Cycle the timer never advances therefore just keeps running. But when set on timed dry it will shut off like normal.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    When using the "Timed" cycle we can no longer adjust the time up or down. It is stuck on 10 minutes not the default 40 minutes. We can still adjust the time when using the "Custom Refresh cycle". So i don't think there is a problem with the + and - touch pad.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Electric dryer not hot on auto cycle

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Check the vent probly cloged or vent hose kinked, or heater is broken.

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