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Takes a long time for clothes to dry.

The heating element heats up and stays hot for @40 seconds then it cools and stays off for @ 1 min 30 seconds. this goes on over and over is this normal for the element to cycle like this?

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  • jonespj151 Dec 28, 2008

    there is no thermistor switch shown in the wiring diagram. there is a control thermostat, a thermal limiter, and a high limit thermostat these switches are all in the circuit for the heat element. which of these would you describe as the thermistor?

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You have a bad element, these are fairly cheap and easy to replace.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson Dec 27, 2008

    or I wasn't thinking the thermister switch that controls it, remove coil and inspect you should find a place it is burn into but touching, if there is not check wire connecters and wires for place that look burned, If all that looks good the thermister switch is going bad, and it's a cheap part also!

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    David Johnson Dec 28, 2008

    I would check the high limit thermostat as the culprit. But the thermal limiter could also do it, I am assuming you have visually inspected your coil and wiring?

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