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Ok got a GE DVL223EB1WW Insufficent Heat

Ok got a GE DVL223EB1WW Heating element is good. Got 240 volts for sure as I know what 240 volts feels like when I got shocked accidentaly. With the drum removed the heater heats up and produces good heat as it is on for almost a minute before it turns off, but with the drum installed and dryer completely assembled, the heating element only heats up for approx 20 seconds and thus I am having a difficult time drying clothes. I can hear a click noise from some kind of switch right before element turns off/on. I think it is a defective switch that mounts right near the heating element but not sure and nor do I know what the name of the switch is. Please Help.

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  • phudson6 Nov 19, 2009

    would that be the one sensing the heat from the heating element, the one right above it? When I removed this little guy and jumped the wires together it seems the element heats even longer.

  • phudson6 Nov 19, 2009

    would that be the one sensing the heat from the heating element, the one right above it? When I removed this little guy and jumped the wires together it seems the element heats even longer.

  • phudson6 Nov 19, 2009

    would that be the one sensing the heat from the heating element, the one right above it? When I removed this little guy and jumped the wires together it seems the element heats even longer.

  • phudson6 Nov 26, 2009

    ok beltronic, as you are the only one helping me with this darn dryer, here goes. I can sucessfully dry clothes with this stupid thermostat safety switch jumpered, hell my darn clothes dry in 30 mins, wow never have dryed that good before. I have ordered this stupid little thermostatic switch, but my question is this, the older dryers never had these darn little devices and the element just got hot and viola dry clothes quick. Any harm in keeping this little guy out of the equation? By the way, my element still turns off at 10 mins before the end of the dry cycle with the safety switch jumperd, so obviously my main (knob/thermostat) works fine. Any ideas? Idf i replace this Safety switch in the next few days when it gets here and the performance well sucks, hell i may just leave it eliminated.

  • Gerry Harvey
    Gerry Harvey May 11, 2010

    Sounds like faulty thermostat / cut out..try new stat, aslo make sure plenty air from exhaust

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Yes think so , what should happen is element heats up controlled by fan blowing cold air across it this then heats to whatever thermostat is set to switch at, which in turn controls heat level..Air is then exausted via hose to waste unless its a condenser drier which then turns the steam back to water / which is collected in a waste condesate drum..hope this is helpful...

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  • Gerry Harvey
    Gerry Harvey Nov 26, 2009

    Hello again, I do not think its a good idea to modify the drier by jumping the safety cut out,lets face it its there to protect you and your property,I can feel your frustration however Safety is a priority!, Fit a new thermostat check with the supplier that this is the correct part and not upgraded or modified,its in your safest interest I am concerned....Thanks.

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