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My dryer will start and then stop when it gets hot

I can start drying my clothes and after a while it stops. I can lt it cool down and then dry some more.

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  • scott651 Apr 20, 2009

    I tried all this but I did not check to see it the motor would wiggle. AfterI cleaned it and checked for bearing being worn out I tried it again with same results, it would run a litlle and stop again. It is about 5 years old

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Lint build up in the duct will do that. If that's clear, it could be a problem around the fan area. You have to take the machine apart to check that. While apart, vacuum everything, including all the crooks and crannies of the motor. Your motor could be worn out if the machine is real old, ten years or more. Wiggle the motor at both ends, it should spin smoothly, not move up and down at all.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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    mike kirschbaum Apr 21, 2009

    A motor will stop if it overheats, there's a sensor in the motor to protect it. Some dryers have a center bearing that wears out. There are heat sensors all over the place that can stop the machine if that area overheats, they are mighty hard to diagnose, because by the time you get to them, they are cool again. Low voltage, which can be caused by loose wiring anywhere from the breaker all the way through to the white wire connection at the breaker box, will cause a motor to stop. You are going to have to attack this problem scientifically. Measure the voltage while the machine is running, it must not change. Does the motor stop, or does the heat just turn off? Look at the schematic, you'll see the circuit for the motor. It includes the door switch, the timer, all the sensors, and the start button. After starting, the start button should be out of play, but check to make sure the run circuit does not go thru it too. Run the machine 'air only', see how the motor runs alone.

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I suspect an accumulation of lint around the control thermostats and possibly the high-limit thermostat. It usually requires that you disassemble at least part of the dryer to get to the thermostats and sometimes you have to remove the drum to get to them.

You don't say how old your dryer is, but I highly suspect this to be the root cause of your problem. If a thorough cleaning doesn't help, the next suspect is the high limit thermostat which helps prevent an overheat condition but sometimes can go out of calibration and shut the dryer down prematurely. Replacing it is usually pretty straightforward once you get the dryer disassembled enough to get to it. Not a terribly expensive fix.

Hope this was helpful to you or to any reading this response.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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