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This dryer runs but will not heat. I was having a problem with the start switch so I replaced that.

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Old 07-25-2008, 04:12 PM
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Model Number: dx4500ga2ww   Brand: GE   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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This dryer runs but will not heat. I was having a problem with the start switch so I replaced that. Still no heat. There are about 4 different parts that I know of that might cause this problem: (1) main timer (2) heat sensor (3)thermostat (4) igniter and maybe more that I don't know about. How can I test these parts to find out which one is bad? To buy one part at a time to find out which one is bad would put me in the poor-house and I don't have that kind of money to spend. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 07-26-2008, 02:35 PM
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You have to have a simple multimeter to perform troubleshooting. Most of electrical parts in your dryer have to be tested for continuity.

Here are the break down diagrams for the GE dryer Model DX4500GA2WW

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Old 07-26-2008, 07:01 PM
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You have to have a simple multimeter to perform troubleshooting. Most of electrical parts in your dryer have to be tested for continuity.

Here are the break down diagrams for the GE dryer Model DX4500GA2WW

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I do have a multimeter. I checked the igniter leads and found the following:There is no continunity between the two leads coming from igniter. In fact, on the ohms scale it read 20.8 M ohm. On the continunity setting it read OL, or overload. Does this tell me the igniter is probably bad, or good? Thanks
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:56 PM
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Most likely the problem is a bad igniter.

- The part number for the igniter is AP2042786

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Can you be more specific on the problem?

What is the complete model number of the dryer?

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My GE dryer started working enough to dry 4 loads of clothes. I have not replaced any other parts except the start switch which I mentioned in my first post. The problem now and has been is the start switch does not always turn the dryer on without turning the knob back and forth a few times. When I do get it to run its seems to work normally. I have been told that the ignitor is either good or bad. no in-between. Is this true of ignitors? What could be the problem of the start switch not always turning the dryer on? I'm stumped again!
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The start switch has nothing to do with the igniter.

Did the dryer make any noise when you tried to start it and it did not start?

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Dryer did not make any noise when I tried to start it and it didn't start.(no noise at all, it just didn't start) I just went out and tried it again. Start switch worked this time and the drying cycle started like it's suppose to. Thats great but I can't depend on it happening every time like it's suppose to.
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