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Electric dryer cuts off when it gets hot

I have a whirlpool dryer model gec9858hq0.
It dries the clothes for a little while and then cuts off. Doesn't appear to be the heater circuit relay, thermostats or thermal fuses. I can't reach the motor switch to test it without removing the drum. Is there any way to test the motor switch and belt switch without removing the drum? Any other suggestions?

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  • carey313 Jun 09, 2008

    I've cleaned out the lower part of the vent pipe. I've ran a snake up and got most of the lint out as far as it will reach. It could be that the pipe is clogged up in the attic.
    It's looking more like the motor. Shuts off when it's hot, but I haven't heard any squeals yet. I did find that the drum was harder than normal to turn manually the last time it shut down. It's running again right now. I'll watch it and see if there is any squeals.

    Thanks,
    -=Carey


  • carey313 Jun 10, 2008

    I still didn't hear any squealing. The motor seems to be having more strain on it than usual and has a harder time getting started when it does start. It seems to just run until it gets too hot and the thermal protection on the motor shuts it down.
    All 4 wheels under the drum seem to be rolling as far as I can tell. What else could be causing the drum to have too much friction? Or could it just be the motor bearings ceasing up?

    Any recommendations on cheap or wholesale to the public places to purchase a new motor?


  • carey313 Jun 11, 2008

    Thanks for the advice, I've had this one apart before replacing the belt. I could use some advice on an easy way to get the belt back on, I remember that it gave me such a hard time the last time I had it apart. I also pulled a lot of lint and hair out of the rollers. I'm going to pull them apart, clean them up, and put some super lube on the shafts.

    I pulled the drum today, bypassed the door switch, and tied the belt switch in the on position. With no load on the motor, except the open fan, I let it run. The motor shut off in about 20 mins., and it was hot to the touch. Looks like I need to bite the bullet and get a new motor. Wish I knew of a wholesale to the public appliance place in Austin, but haven't found one yet. I know of two in Tulsa, but not in Austin.

    Thanks,
    -=Carey.

  • carey313 Jun 18, 2008

    Thanks for all the advice.
    Replace the motor, cleaned the drum rollers and coated the bushings with super lube, the dryer is running like new again.

    I also found good drawings and part number lists on:http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/

    Just entered my model number and it gave me a complete breakdown of all the parts. Of course they are trying to sell parts. I found it useful.,.
    -=C


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I assume you mean it completely shuts off. If the motor switch or belt switch were bad the dryer wouldn't start at all. the 2 thermal fuse are not resettable so they cannot correct themselves either. sounds like the motor overheating, this could be due to poor airflow.
usually caused by a poor vent system (non metallic or many elbows), or a bad motor. If motor squeals after 10 or 15 minutes (or less) it is likely bad. occasionally an old lint filter becomes clogged if you use dryer sheets, pour water on it and see if it holds in the filter. if so it should be replaced. you could scrub it in hot soapy water as a temporary fix or test.

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  • Jim Gillon Jun 10, 2008

    if the drum is harder to turn, it could have rollers that are starting to bind. you need to raise the top (screws near lint filter door. pull forward on top and it will come up.
    2 more screws into the front panel near the top of cabinet inside. the front then lifts up and comes off. be careful of the door switch wires, they should be long enough. the motor belt and rollers are all under the drum.
    good luck and note how things are assembled before removing parts.
    j


  • Jim Gillon Jun 12, 2008

    if the motor binds after 20 minutes with no load nd is very hot, you are right , its new motor time.

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