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Dryer will not stay running through entire cycle or it will just stop before clothers are dry and sometimes get a E1 error message. Mostly it will just stop and clothes are not dry, times that is runs varies from 3 minutes to 10 minutes.

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  • TKOFamily Jan 13, 2008

    Load the dryer and start it but it does not stay running. The pannel timer light flashes and then eventually turns off... clothes not dry. This happens all the time; there is no confidence that when you load the dryer, start it, and walk away that when you come back the clothes will be dry... We think it might be problems with the door latches...



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Most customer manuels have a code listing in the back? Have you checked to see what E1 is? It sounds like its not sensing properly. the sensor works off the the most common problem is the vent or venting. Please check and advise

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