I have a GE dryer that seems to only dry when it wants to. It is a hit and miss thing. It can run for an hour and be totally cold and other times it will dry. Before I start tearing into it, any suggestions. Maybe a thermostat thing? I don't know...
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1. unplug your machine and rach as far in the exhaust part of the dryer to see if there is an obstrucxtion.
2.Take out the lint filter and make sure there are no gaping holes in the screen
3. Check the exhaust house leaving the machine or blockage, this hose should not run more than ten feet for optimal drying time.
4. its your heating element
lets hit the eazy button first.dry a load with out the venting[wont hurt a thing]if ok its the house venting,if not dryer .GE is only brand that has two elements.so if not ge and heating element ok and its blockage in the dryer.hope that helps God bless ,tom
Your problem may be related to a few things.. Depending on the age and use of your dryer, your heating element may be on its way out ( meaning that the element itself is eroding to a point of it not getting hot enough and will eventually open and need replacement) but.. you could have other issues too that affect the dry time.. You need to verify that your exhaust system is free from lint and is NOT restricting air flow out. You could have something in the blower itself that restricts air flow. Those are the basic components associated with your system dry process. If I were there, the very first thing I would check is the exhaust path out of the dryer ( including the end diverter to make sure that isn't restricting flow) Since yours is an electric dryer, you could do a simple test indoors by detaching the exhaust line and running the dryer inside for a short time.. The byproduct of electric dryers isn't as dangerous as a gas system so its ok to run it that way to check the flow coming out of the dryer,... Chances are one of the things I mentioned will solve your problem.. I'll keep an eye out for your feedback.. Hope this helps you
A dryer needs only three things to dry clothes:
1. Tumble the clothes.
2. Blow the air.
3. Heat the air.
If your clothes aren't drying, you are missing one or more of these.
You've mentioned that the basket is tumbling. That's good. The blower is also running if the motor is turning. But that doesn't mean the air is blowing. It could be clogged up behind the lint screen, in the vent pipe behind the machine, or at the vent outside the house.
If it's blowing lots of cold air (go to the outside vent to find out) then your dryer isn't heating. This would mean some part inside the dryer has failed. If so, the first thing you want to determine is, does the ignitor glow? There's a hole at the very bottom front edge where you might see it glow. You may have to place a mirror in front of the hole to see it glow.
Write back with more symptoms, and I'll help you through the rest.