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I have a GE Dryer that overheated. Is there a part that I can replace myself to fix this problem, like a thermostat?

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Most have a safety cut out what is the model and i can give you the part number

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Clothes dryer overheats & shuts off. Works fine again after a cool-down period. Any suggestions, for a non-handy woman with few tools and less money for repairs?


DRYER OVERHEATING:

Heating Element
A defective heating element can make a dryer too hot. If the element partially shorts out, it can produce heat all the time, regardless of whether the dryer is calling for heat. Remove the heating element to inspect it. The coils should not be touching each other or anything else.

Other Causes and Conditions
Air Flow Problem
Dryers need good ventilation to work properly. If the vent is clogged it can make the dryer too hot. Clean all of the vent tubing thoroughly.

Cycling Thermostat
Although not common, a defective cycling thermostat can make the dryer too hot. The cycling thermostat is supposed to turn on and off the heat to maintain the proper temperature. If the thermostat is defective it may keep the heat on too long. The thermostat is not adjustable or repairable, it must be replaced.

Felt Seal
Most dryers have a felt seal at the front and rear of the drum to keep the heat inside the drum. If the felt seal is worn away or missing, the dryer may keep heating and make the dryer too hot. This is not common.

Blower Wheel
A defective blower wheel will not spin properly and will not vent the hot air, making the dryer too hot. Check to see if there is adequate airflow out of the dryer.


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Oct 16, 2014 | Dryers

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We have a GE Profile DPSB650EC1WW that stopped heating up. I haven't tried anything to fix it. Is this something that I can fix myself?


Hi beccabeads...
If you are mechanically inclined you should be able to locate and repair your dryer..

Here are a few things to check:
ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DO ANY WORK ON IT.
Check to make sure you are getting full 220 Volt power to the dryer, if you are then:
Check your Wiring
Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. If this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.
Check the Door Switch
If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Check for continuity you should have none with door open, and should have a reading when closed. If not replace the door switch.
Check to make sure you heating problem is not a lint build up in the discharge hose or the dryer,as this condition can cause heater/thermistor problems such as overheating of the heating coil leading to failure of the coil and burnout of the thermostat/thermistor due to overheat.
Remove the back/or front just under the door of the machine and try to locate the air duct going from the blower to the drum. Normally inside/outside the air duct you will find the heating coil and the thermostats/thermistors. Once you have located the heating coil, remove the two wires from it and check the coil with an ohm meter across the two terminals of the coil.
You should read continuity across the terminals, if not you will need to replace the coil as it is faulty.
If the heating coil is ok, then:
You can check the thermostat/thermistor one at a time by removing the two wires and taping them together with electrical tape.
If the coil heats up then replace the thermostat/thermistor/thermal fuse as it is faulty.
If you have an ohm meter then you can test the thermostat/thermistor/thermal fuse,
then you do not have to tape the wires together as described above.
To test your thermostat/thermistor/thermal fuseremove the wires from the thermostat/thermistor/thermal fuse and check for continuity, if you DO NOT have continuity then replace the thermostat/thermistor/thermal fuse.
DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES TAPED TOGETHER AFTER THE TEST AS THIS COULD CAUSE A FIRE BECAUSE YOU HAVE REMOVED THE SAFETY.

If the thermal fuse overheats the dryer will not operate. It's located on the blower housing. It cannot be reset. A vent clogged with lint can cause it to overheat. You can test it with an Ohm meter or continuity checker, if no continuity, replace it.
Right after replacing a dryer element, always run the dryer on 'air fluff' / 'no heat', and go outside to verify there's plenty of air coming out your vent system.
If the vent's clogged, that new element can burn out very quickly.
For video and pictures on how to replace a generic element go to the following website:
davesrepair.com/DIYhelp/DIYreplacingWPLdryels.htm
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Jun 25, 2011 | GE Dryers

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Dryer does not get hot


Either you have a non-resettable thermostat that keeps it off unit it's replaced (normally caused by poor airflow and overheating) or your heaters have gone bad. This is aside from not having 220 volts. If you only have 110 the motor and timer will run but nothing else. Sometimes depending on which leg the electric goes out on the dryer may heat and not spin.

Nov 04, 2009 | GE Dryers

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Our GE Profile dryer keeps shutting off, regardless of setting, after it has run for 4 or 5 min. Could it be overheating or maybe the vent to the outside is clogged?


it certainly sounds to me like a blocked vent issue somewhere along the line and in order to prevent a fire the safety thermostat shuts the heater off. are you saying the dryer stops altogether, not just the heat?

Oct 24, 2009 | GE Dryers

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Dryer won't heat. GE profile. approximately 5 years old. Tumbles just fine. Vent is not plugged. Would like to fix myself. Thanks


Sounds like your problem may be with the heating coil.
If you plan to try to repair the problem yourself, then the first thing you want to do is unplug the dryer from the electric.
Remove the back of the machine and try to locate the air tube going from the blower to the drum. Normally inside the air tube you will find the heating coil and the thermostats/thermistor.
Once you have located the heating coil, remove the two wires from it and check the coil with an ohm meter across the two terminals of the coil.
You should read continuity across the terminals, if not you will need to replace the coil as it is faulty.
You can also check the thermostat/thermistor by removing the two wires and taping them together with electrical tape.
If the coil heats up then replace the thermostat/thermistor.
DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES TAPED TOGETHER AFTER THE TEST. This could cause a fire, as you have removed the saftey of overheat from the machine.
Good Luck,
Hope this helps

Oct 14, 2009 | GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC Electric...

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GE Harmony Dryer dries fine one time won't quit sensing the next


The thermostatic fuse is getting hot during the run cycle and then staying open until the dryer cools down completely.

You may fix just by cleaning out the entire dryer. Remove the top cover and vacuum out thoroughly. Replace a torn lint screen and make sure your exhaust conduit is not leaking lint everywhere.

If you can't fix by cleaning, you will have to replace the thermostat which is a $5 part byt a $100 repair.

Jun 19, 2009 | GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC Electric...

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My GE Driver will not heat


Check the circuit breaker or fuse box it takes two one to run one to heat. Then check thermostats Hi limit may be burnt if it overheated If the venting had been blocked. Hope that helps

Dec 26, 2008 | GE DBSR453EBWW Electric Dryer

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HOW TO FIX A NO HEAT ON A GE ELECTRIC DRYER OVER 10 YEAR OLD


Either one of 2 ways to get to the thermostat on a GE dryer.....

depending on your model, you will have an access point on the back of the dryer to get to the heating element which has attached to it, the thermostat.

If there isn't an access point on the rear of the unit, open the front door of the dryer and remove the 2 screws in the top of the door opening. Using a small prybar, slightly apply pressure prying up the lid. On the inside of the face of the dryer in the corners will be 2 more screws, remove those and pull the face of the dryer outwards to you to about a 45 degree angle. From there, you will be able to lift off the face. Be cautious to unplug the wires for the door switch before pulling the face all the way out. There isn't much to a 10 yr old dryer, just take your time, study the parts and put it back just as you took it apart. For the replacement thermostat or heating element look at

www.marcone.com

www.partstoday.com

Good luck and let me know if there is any more trouble I can help with.

Mar 17, 2008 | GE DCSR483EA Electric Dryer

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