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Our Profile (natural gas) dryer stops the cycle with time remaining. It doesn't completely shut off, but the cycle stops and the remaining time is shown on the digital display. We have cleaned the hose and vents thoroughly, but it hasn't solved the problem.

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  • mary_schoen May 12, 2010

    I haven't heard back from Rylee about this problem, and the initial solution wasn't suitable for the problem we are having. Please help!!! My clothes are only getting half-dry because the dryer (natural gas) just stops partway through the cycle. It is perfectly level (checked that again yesterday), and the vents are totally clear of lint.

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Hi, On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all or it will stop in mid cycle. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.)
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Posted on May 12, 2010

  • mary_schoen May 12, 2010

    If the fuse can't be re-set, then that's not the problem. You can't immediately hit start again, but after awhile you can. Simply unplugging the unit for a minute or two, then re-plugging it back in doesn't cure the problem, but time seems to. Are there other sensors that do re-set on natural gas Profile dryers? Thank you.

  • Prakash R May 12, 2010

    A gas dryer blows air through a burner assembly to heat the air. The burner assembly consists essentially of a gas valve, ignitor and in dryers that use a glow type of ignitor, a flame sensor. If the flame sensor fails, the ignitor may not go off and the gas flow will not start and may stop during mid cycles.


    The easiest way to diagnose the flame sensor is to observe the burner operation. Remove the small access panel in front, select a high temperature setting and start the dryer. Watch the burner assembly, shortly after starting the dryer the ignitor should begin to glow. If it glows for several seconds (up to 15 seconds) and then goes out, then the problem is probably the solenoids (coils). If the ignitor glows and stays on, then the problem is usually the flame sensor.


    For testing purposes, the sensor should show continuity at room temperature and no continuity when it is heated by the ignitor.




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Hi


Thanks for using FixYa. If the dryer is hot at the beginning but cold at last then the coils have gone bad. If it doesn’t heat then you’ll need to check the igniter, check the continuity which should be under 100 ohms. If not then igniter has gone bad. If yes, then check the continuity on the flame sensor. If everything above is fine then please check that there is no lint around the burner. Please replace whichever has gone bad. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


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Rylee

Posted on May 11, 2010

  • mary_schoen May 11, 2010

    It's not a hot and cold issue. The cycle simply stops -- stops blowing, stops turning -- but the power does not go off. It just stops, and the remaining time is displayed on the digital readout. It's plenty hot when it's working -- it just won't complete the cycle. It appears to be some kind of sensor shutdown.

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    Rylee Smith May 12, 2010

    If you have already checked the vent and cleared everything then check these:




    There's a flame sensor near the igniter. If it's defective, the gas may shut off prematurely. Another common problem occurs when one of the electrical coils on the gas valve fails intermittently. If this happens, the flame shuts off before the thermostat sends a signal, which can greatly prolong the drying time. If the sensor or the coils are causing the flame to shut off, replace them.


    Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician.


    Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


    Thanks
    Rylee

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