Problem: Sometimes the dryer heats, sometimes it doesn't. The GE repairman came by today and hooked up his computer to the dryer. Without opening the machine, he told us that the blower was not working... and for $700, he could fix it.
Because it works sometimes, and doesn't work at other times, I'm hoping it is a loose wire or something. Even if I have to replace it, I can get the parts for less than $200.
However, I cannot find a way to access the blower without taking the whole machine apart (ie. top panel, then side panels and drum). Anyone know how to get to the blower in a relatively easy way?
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The defrost thermostat is located at the left rear side of the evaporator coils. Sometimes you will have to deinstall the fan blower to access it and sometimes you can get your hands around the fan. Watch out for the plastic clips because if they are cold, they will be brittle. You can access through the front, after removing the fan and the shields surround it. Try the shields first, and then see if your hands are small enough to fit around the fan motor. Just warm the clips with a hair dryer so you don't have to replace.
The thermal fuse is not going to be the problem...when the thermal fuse has gone out the dryer will not start so since it runs the thermal fuse is good.
The number one thing that is wrong with a gas dryer when it doesn't heat is going to be a broken igniter,this tip i wrote explains what to check when a gas dryer doesn't heat http://www.fixya.com/support/r10293028-gas_dryer_not_heating
You can access the front thermal fuse if you remove the four screws holding the front panel on.((two in door and two opposite) Pull out on front top of panel, and pull off hooks on bottom after getting pulled out on top. sometimes door can stay on on its hooks, but need to take out four screws. There is a white one inch long fuse by blower that may have opened, another on heat cone which is less likely. Clean venting if this is the problem. Have unplugged, and watch out for sharp edges..... good luck
Cold solder joints on blower motor coils. Needs re-soldered. I suggest finding a buddy who knows how to take the dryer apart and knows how to solder. Luckily for me, I know how to do all of that, I had the same problem you have.