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Model # DDG7280RALWH GE Gas dryer takes too long to dry... how can I open the front panel and vacuum the lint and dryer sheet residue buildup? I've cleanded all the external venting

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jsrock516
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SOURCE: dryer takes more than one cycle to dry clothes

Did you clean the entire length of the vent ducting? Or, did you only clean the lint trap on the dryer and the exhaust vent outside? If you didn't clean the ducting as well, you may still have a clog somewhere causing your dryer to be "starved" for air. A dryer needs proper air flow to dry properly. One way to check is to turn the dryer on and go outside to the exhaust vent opening. Feel to see if you have sufficient air flow. If the air flow is weak, you have a clog. If not, you may have a high limit thermostat cutting off prematurely, not allowing the heating element to heat long enough. Check your ducting first and let me know if this helps.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007

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SOURCE: Brand new electric dryer suddenly does not dry well

my dryer does the same thing.

sounds like your dryer's exhaust needs to be cleaned as it is full of lint - the part that connects from the dryer to the wall and also inside of the wall. For Inside of the wall I usually take a fish tape .

also.... i would look at returning the dryer if it is not trapping the lint. i would return mine but it's out of warranty...

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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I think your diagnoses is correct on the thermostat being bad. But check a few more things.

If you remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and let it run, does the burner shut down as you describe?

Are you certain there is not a clog in the "duct" within the dryer itself? The lint filter appears to be located at the bottom front of the dryer, just inside the door. There is a bell shaped plenum that the lint filter fit's into, that turns and points towards the bottom back of the dryer. Is that duct system clean?

It could be the temp switch, cycling thermostat, or the over temp limit. Considering how the unit is operating, the only way to tell which one is failing is to measure the voltage across each one while the dryer is operating. When it opens (meter reads voltage), watch to see if it ever closes (meter does not read voltage). The cycling thermostat should open and close throughout the drying process, but it could hang open. The temp limit should not open unless there is a duct clog, but, then it should close after cooling, acting like a cycling thermostat. It could also hang open.
Of course, the temp switch is only a switch but it could be bad intermitantly.

Each of these components is not too expensive, so you might just want to buy all three.

Let me know what you find.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

danromarris
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I doubt it is your motor that is causing the problem. It's always nice when someone says that it is the most expensive part to fix and that is the only solution. It's an electric dryer and there are tons of things that could be causing the issue for you. It sounds like the problem is probably the thermostat. What this does is shuts off the dryer if the heat is getting to high in the dryer. It is a safety feature to prevent it from catching on fire. It is a easy and cheap fix. The thermostat is located usually somewhere near the heating element housing and only costs around 20 dollars at any appliance repair shop. There is a wire diagram located behind the backing of your control panel. Just remove the few screws and take off the housing. It will help you locate the thermostat. If the motor was the problem your dryer wouldn't shut off the way it is. The thermostat is just shutting it down for safety and that is why you need to keep unplugging it to reset it. Change it out and it should work just fine for you. If you have any other questions let me know and good luck to you.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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SOURCE: GE gas dryer gets hot but doesn't dry clothes like it used to

rule number one take everything off of it and never store clothes or anything that can insulate the top it overheats them. It kind of fools all your sensors when you store stuff on top

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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No lint on filter? Where is it all going? Checked exhaust vent bought a vacuum attachment and there is no lint. Twice and sometimes triple the drying time! Help!


Instructions
  1. Dryer Does Not Run
    • 1 Close the door firmly. The dryer will not operate if the door is not completely closed.
    • 2 Press the "Start" button firmly or push the knob in to start the dryer.
    • 3 Turn the dial past the "Off" position and away from "Wrinkle Prevent." The dryer will not start in the "Off" or "Wrinkle Prevent" position.
    Long Drying Times
    • 4 Remove the lint screen. Clean it and replace it.
    • 5 Check the temperature of the room. The dryer will not operate properly in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • 6 Inspect the area around the dryer. It requires at least 1-inch clearance on the front and sides of the dryer. A 5-inch clearance is needed on the back of the dryer. Move the dryer, if needed.
    • 7 Separate large loads and do not use an air dry cycle.
    Lint, Stains and Wrinkles
    • 8 Clean the lint screen before drying each load of clothes to prevent lint buildup on clothing.
    • 9 Add fabric softener sheets before starting a drying cycle. If the sheets are added after the load has partially dried, they can leave stains on the clothing.
    • 10 Dry small loads and remove clothing as soon as the drying cycle completes to prevent wrinkling.
    Dryer is Noisy
    • 11 Check the inside of the dryer for loose change, buttons or other items. Empty the pockets on clothing before drying.
    • 12 Separate items that are knotted together and restart the load. Knotted or balled up clothing will bounce and make the dryer vibrate.
    • 13 Level the dryer. Turn the leveling legs on the front of the dryer clockwise or counter-clockwise until the dryer is level. Turning the legs clockwise will lower the dryer. Turning the legs counter-clockwise will raise the dryer.

Jan 15, 2013 | Admiral Dryers

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I have lots of lint that gets trapped under and all around lint filter and it is very hard to get out - why is it not being contained? GE Dryer DBVH512EFOWW front load.


Hi rstebly...
Sometimes the problem is with the lint filter itself...
If you use "dryer sheets" they can plug up the holes in the lint filter with a kind of waxy substance and that will impair the air getting thru the filter causing the lint and air to find another way out, not thru the filter but thru the machine.
I would suggest you take the filter out and wash/scrub, lightly it in hot soapy water, let dry, then reinstall the filter.
You should also check the blower /blower tube and the inside of your dryer for lint buildup also, as lint buildup can cause dryer fires.
Hopefully this will solve your problem
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Apr 28, 2011 | GE DBVH512EFWW Dryer

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Our dryer is a GE profile gas dryer. After a couple of loads drying it will stop after about 20 minutes and we will have to restart. What is the problem?


Possible that there is lint buildup on the motor and it is shutting down on overheat. Remove front of
dryer and vacuum out lint or blow it out,BUT PLEASE disconnect unit from wall outlet or trip breaker unless you want a very tight hairdo.

Feb 11, 2011 | GE Dryers

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I have an lg dryer model DLG5966W and the check filter light is on. It takes two cycles to completly dry my clothes. I cleaned the lint filter and still doesnt dry on one cycle. I then removed the filter...


Check your vent. Inspect the dryer venting from the rear of the dryer to the outside vent hood of the home.
If there's a restriction in the vent--the clothing in the dryer takes longer to dry.
When an LG dryer is functioning normally---the time required to dry laundry is determined by the *Sensor* located on the drum side of the lint filter housing and by the main control board.
When laundry is near dry--any Time Remaining on the control panel that is *not* needed will be eliminated---except for the last 6 minutes.
The final 6 minutes of any LG automatic cycle is for cooling down the laundry before the dryer ends the cycle.
If a dryer *counts down* to the last 6 minutes but the laundry is still not dry--the computer will allow the dryer to run until the laundry has dried or defaults (not drying within the additional time allowed).
Dryer vents that are longer than 8 feet with more than (2) 90 degree turns--can affect drying performance.
Setting the DRY LEVEL selector to *Very Dry* will solve most dryability issues. In homes with abnormally long vents--even the longer run time in the *Very Dry* setting is usually not sufficient to dry laundry loads.
Reducing the length of the vent or starting a second cycle becomes necessary to fully dry the clothing.
If a second cycle was started---only the amount of time that is needed to dry laundry will be used before dropping to 6 minutes and then the cycle will end with dry laundry. Bonus:
LG DRYER

Problem:
The dryer has an auto dry feature which never fully dries the clothes so we wind up manually setting the dry time to an hour.
Solution:
LG gas dryers are VERY temperamental in long vent set-ups. If fabric softener sheets are used in the dryer--clean the two stainless steel strips of metal on the lint filter housing with a SCOTCHBRITE PAD--scrub back & forth several times to remove the waxy residue from the fabric softener sheets. Most,if not all manufacturers do *not* recommend using sheets in dryers that have a moisture sensor (electrodes).
However--using a SCOTCHBRITE pad keeps the wax off those sensors which can be seen if looking *into* the dryer drum and at the lint filter housing.
If only *liquid* fabric softener is used in the washer--clean the dryer sensors once a month. Liquid softener also contains wax which can slowly accumulate on the dryer sensors from the laundry washed in the washer.

Jun 17, 2010 | LG DLG7188 Gas Dryer

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Ge DRYER dpgt750EC2PL back wall of drum gets very hot. Occassional smell as if something starting to burn. How do I open the top lid to get inside to find out problem


This may sound a bit over simplified but when a dryer starts to get hot inside it is a sign of an airflow problem.

Start with the outside vent flapper. Check to see if there is lint build up on the flapper / louvers.

Pull off the vent hose and check for lint build up. If the vent hose is a flexible plastic hose they have a tendancy to clog with lint in the sprials and then the lint contines to build up until airflow is restricted.

After checking external vents and ducts next remove the lint filter. If you use dryer sheets wash the filter with white vinegar to remove the build up. It may appear clean but the material from the dryer sheets clogs the filters.

In the area around the lint filter check the ducting / air passages for lint build up and clean it.

In the process of all the cleaning do NOT use anything sharp. A vacuum crevice tool and a Looped metal coat hanger do wonders for cleaning assistance.

Before you reconnect the dryer vent try running the dryer with a light load of anything wet to see if it drys properly with the vent disconnected. After that reconnect the vent and repeat the same drying test to see if the drying times are close to the same.

This should solve your hot dryer problem.. If it does not then respond here and we can talk about taking your dryer apart.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Kelly


the air flow out of the dryer it should be a very high volume.

Mar 15, 2010 | GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC Electric...

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Our GE gas dryer is burning clothes that are fleece fabric or blankets. Any suggestions?


I recently solved this problem on my ELECTRIC dryer by taking apart the lint collection area. Some dryers allow you to do this by removing a couple screws surrounding the lint screen holder. Others require some dis-assembly of the top and front panel.
Once you have access behind or below the lint screen, use your hands or a strong vacuum (shop-vac) to clean out any collected lint that has fallen below the collection screen and settled in the exhaust duct. I pulled out about 100 cubic inches (~1.6 liters) of collected lint, cat hair, and debris that was obstructing air flow.
Obstructed airflow can cause metal parts near the electric heating element to overheat and scorch clothing and is a serious fire hazard. I expect similar problems can occur with gas dryers.

Dec 28, 2009 | GE DBL333GB Gas Dryer

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Dryer is slow dryng takes two cycles compared to regular dryer


As the model number you provided indicates this is a gas dryer, you need to open up the access panel, above the washer compartment, to clean out the dryer compartment.

It is likely that either the gas burner components have been covered in lint and dust and are getting shut off sooner than they should because of overheating of the thermocouple safety device, etc.

First, make sure that the power is turned off to the washer/dryer unit and turn off the gas supply valve, so you don't have any issues with getting a electric shock or getting a gas leak/build up.

Once you've done that, you can remove the two (2) access screws that will let you get into the lower dryer compartment where the gas burner and control devices are located (this is the panel just above the washer lid, the angled section).

Now vaccum out all the lint and dust buildup you can see and check that everything is free of dust and lint inside this area. Pay special attention to the gas burner and gas inlet orifices, as anything in there can and will cause the dryer to shut off and thus, not operate properly in getting your clothes dry in a normal drying cycle.

Also, check to see that the dryness sensors inside the dryer drum (silver bars up near the top left or right of the dryer drum) are clean and don't have any residue or buildup on them. This can also cause the dryer to register erraticly when using the automatic drying cycles versus the timed drying cycle. Use a good glass cleaner and wipe these sensors with a clean cloth rubbing them briskly to remove any residue or contaminent that might be deposited on the sensors.

Now completely clean out the exhaust vent all the way from the dryer to the outside location of the vent. Having any blockage of the vent can and will cause the thermal overload protective device to function and turn off the gas burner that provides the heat to dry your clothes. So be absolutely certain that the entire vent exhaust is clean and free of any lint buildup from the dryer all the way to the outside vent (yes I mean't to repeat that!) You'll have to remove the outside vent grate/cover to check for any buildup/obstructions there.

Now you can run a load to see if you've gotten the problem solved, if not, it could be a control module, but 80% of the time, it is nothing more than a "housekeeping" issue that causes loads not to completely dry on the first cycle. So please do some cleaning and checking and you should be back getting your clothes dry on the first cycle!

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Oct 20, 2009 | Whirlpool WGT3300SQ Dryer

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It takes 3 hours to dry a load of laundry


if this a 110 volt model, that is probably how long it takes. If this is a 220 volt model, you are not getting air flow. a plugged lint filter. a dryer sheet stuck to the back of the inside of the drum. your vent pipe going outside is plugged or the dryer vent cap outside is not opening and closing normally due to an obstruction.

Oct 10, 2009 | GE Spacemaker DSKS433EB Electric Dryer

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SMELLS LIKE ITW BURNING


I highly recommend opening the dryer by removing the front panel.
Unplug the machine, remove the front cover and be prepared to vacuum out the lint build-up inside the housing of the dryer.
Also clean the exhaust duct of lint buildup too.

Sep 12, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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Maytag gas dryer taking too long to dry clothes


Not too familliar with the gas temp either, but you should definitely take your lint filter out and clean it with soap and water. If you use dryer sheets, they can leave a clear film on your filter and it can be just as bad as a filter full of lint. Try this out, if it works, clean your filter periodically with soap and water to remove the chemical buildup.

Jan 19, 2009 | Maytag Atlantis MDG7400AW Gas Dryer

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