Question about GE Dryers
GE Two Cycle Gas Dryer (M# DDG5180RALWH/S# HH303098G)
A couple of weeks ago noticed that drying time is longer than usual despite dryer being "hot" inside the barrel. I cleaned the lint catch and underneath it, inside where the air flows down beneath the barrel. I also checked and cleaned the exhaust tube and outlet pipe in the wall (not very dirty to begin with).
Any thoughts/ suggestions are appreciated. Thank you for your time with this matter.
Make sure the drum is turning and the blower is functioning. Vacuum out all air passages including the hose going to the outside vent. Remove the lint trap, and wash it in hot water and detergent to clean away fabric softener deposits from the screen. If the motor is not running, find out why.
Posted on Nov 21, 2009
YEP! IF IT CAUGHT IT ALL THEN IT WOULD NOT BE ENERGY EFFICIENT. YOU ALSO MAY ALREADY BE MISSING THE FELT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR LINT SCREEN.
Posted on Apr 24, 2010
You can find dryer cleaning kits that contain different size and shape brushes at different variety stores. I bought mine from Fuller Brush. Ross stores also carry the cleaning kits. You'll be amazed at the "stuff" that comes out when you use these brushes. The handles are long enough to go waaaaay down in the exhaust hose to loosen and remove the lint. I also like to go to the outside exit and clean with the brushes. There is a lot of build up in that area also.
Once you've brushed out as much as you can, then you can vacuum and get all the gunk you loosened as you were cleaning.
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Posted on Nov 23, 2010
Excess lint can also cause a dryer to get too hot. Again, you should
check the filter and the vent for lint. Clean them if needed. Another
thing that could cause a dryer to get too hot is a bad blower. This
would need to be replaced if damaged. You should also, never use white
plastic vent. This can cause your dryer to overheat and also be a fire
If you are not already a repairman, there will be some problems that arise that you cannot fix. The idea is to know what to look for and to fix whatever problems you can. This way, you don't purchase a new one or call a repairman unless it's necessary. When making repairs, always unplug your clothes dryer for safety. If parts are needed, make sure you have your manufacturer and serial number with you before going shopping. This will help ensure that you buy the right parts and save you another trip to the store. Most of us are intimidated at the thought of dryer repair. Just keep in mind that a lot of common dryer problems are simple (excess lint) and can be fixed by anyoneIf the dryer heats when the Fabric Care/Temperature switch is set to AIR FLUFF (No Heat), check the following:
-FABRIC CARE SWITCH
-EVEN HEAT CONTROL
1. Perform the Fabric Care/Temperature Switch Test
2. Set the following configuration:
Door- must be closed
Fabric Care/Temperature switch- AIR FLUFF
Timer- TIMED DRY
3. Press the PUSH TO START switch
a. Check voltage on Heater Relay. If P3-1 to P3-2 is 0VDC, replace the Heater Relay
b. If P3-2 is 48VDC, replace the Even Heat control.
Posted on Dec 05, 2010
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