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Ge dryer I have a ge dryer, model DWSR405EB....ser# ZD719441A. Recently it has started taking a long time to dry clothes. There is a little heat but like I said it takes hours to dry a load of clothes. Do you think this is the thermostat? Any ideas? If you think this is the problem, can you tell me the steps involved in changing it? Thanks in advance..Grant

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    Grant Huckabee Oct 09, 2007

    Yes, I have cleaned the lint trap and the inside of the dryer as well as the dryer vent hose. They were all vaccumed out. I thought it may be the element but was told that they rarely go out and since it was just 3 years old, that it may be the thermostat.

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    Grant Huckabee Oct 09, 2007

    The only panel on the back that can be removed is the cover that goes over the connections for the power wire.

  • Wetclothes2 Feb 12, 2008

    I have the same problem with a model # DBXR453ET5WW. It takes a very long time to day one load of clothes. I have checked the vent system as recommeded. No clogs. I opened the door, started the dryer on high heat, and could see the heating elements turn red, but they only stayed red for about one minute or less. Could this be a thermostat causing the heating element to shut off?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    It was taking a long time for a load of clothes to dry. What used to take 1 hour, lately took 3. Now the clothes still tumble but there is NO heat.

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I built these machines... before doing anything ...check your fuse box or breaker .... 240 v .... it goes out often ... if its not that ... its probably your element ... ...open your door and on the top of the opening ... there 2 screw ... take the top off then the front ... 2 other screws ...take out drum ...and check element ... its about 60 for a new one

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Have you checked the lint trap and exhaust piping(I forgot what it's actually called) if there is poor air flow through the dryer it will dry extremly slow. I'd check these items first. if that is not it, it is probably an open heater coil, I personally have not seen too many thermostats go out.

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  • Bryan Wright Oct 09, 2007

    Usually inside the rear cover there is a wiring diagram. if you have an ohm meter you can easily ohm out the heating elements and determin if one is open. if both read the proper resistance (per the diagram) then your thermostat is your problem.
    ABOVE ALL>>>>PLEASE MAKE SURE THE DRYER IS UNPLUGED PRIOR TO PERFORMING ANY SERVICE TO IT.

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