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Dryer quits running but heating element stays one

I got up the other morning and went to pull some clothes out of the dryer and it was still hot inside. No one had run the dryer since the night before so it appears that the heating element stayed on all night even though the drum wasn't running. This happens on the autocare mode, I haven't noticed it on anything else.

Is this just a problem with the timer module? Or something deeper?


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  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2008

    dryer shuts off but heating element stays on

  • daves_faves Jan 11, 2009

    I also have a GE dryer with the same problem. The heating element stays on after the drying cycle has stopped. The only way to turn the heating element off is to switch to a "no heat" setting. I discovered the problem this evening... the top of the dryer was almost too hot to touch.

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I am sending you all the possibilities for your problem, check either of these causes ----and than let me know if it is solved----

Power from the house
Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.


Heating element
Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.


Thermal fuse
On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)


Wiring
A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

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