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A few months ago our dryer started shutting off randomly (No buzzer). We weren't sure how long is sat there

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Old 12-28-2013, 02:01 PM
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Angry GE Dryer - Motor or Timer?
Model Number: DBSR463EG7WW   Brand: GE   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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A few months ago our dryer started shutting off randomly (No buzzer). We weren't sure how long is sat there each time, but it would often turn right back on - sometimes it would not. We noticed the mid-point (left to right) just in front of the control panel would be VERY hot. As a result we started drying everything on low. This solved the problem for a while.

It started happening frequently even on low, I witnessed it being very hot after ~5 minutes on low. I began my trouble shooting:
  1. The fan is blowing at full blast, witnessed from outside.
  2. All the thermometers inside show 100% continuity at room temperature.
  3. The electric heating element looked healthy.
  4. There was a build-up of lint near the fan so I cleaned that out.
  5. I got the drum hooked back up and it spun perfectly.

For the next few days it ran (even on hot) flawlessly. We figured it was just lint buildup. I just received a text from my wife that it once again shut off which has me thinking either the motor is faulty, or the timer is faulty.

What are the symptoms of a faulty timer? I'd much prefer buying one of those then a $250 motor...


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Old 02-10-2014, 08:19 PM
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We are having the very same problem of our GE electric dryer pausing while drying. Sometimes we can push start and it starts drying again and sometimes it shuts completely down and we have to unplug for a while before it starts back up. This is so frustrating as we have limited time to babysit the dryer! Just curious if you figured it out. Thank you!
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:43 AM
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Something I did fixed it! Honestly, I think the biggest cause was that buildup of lint. It wasn't clogging the entire vent, but it was "caked" on to the entire length of the tube which surely caused some un-needed constriction and heat buildup.

The "tube" I'm referring to is the large funnel-like piece that takes the air from inside (where your lint catcher sits) down the front of the machine and funnels it though the fan to the outside. It's attached to the inside of the front panel. The combination of fine lint and moisture creates a sort of pad/carpet where it dries. I actually had to use a flat head screwdriver to pop some off (gross, I know).

In checking the thermometers I unplugged all the connections and plugged them back in, that may have fixed a bad connection, but my money is on the buildup.

Despite having 1 or 2 more shutdowns shortly after cleaning it, it now seems to be operating at 100%. I assume it just had to clear itself out. Good luck!

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We are having the very same problem of our GE electric dryer pausing while drying. Sometimes we can push start and it starts drying again and sometimes it shuts completely down and we have to unplug for a while before it starts back up. This is so frustrating as we have limited time to babysit the dryer! Just curious if you figured it out. Thank you!
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Default thank you!

I cleaned it out and it definitely dried the clothes faster. Mine was really plugged up as well! It did have 3 stops in the cycle but that's a lot better than it had been. I've only done one load since I cleaned it so hopefully mine gets back to 100% as well. I really appreciate your helpful suggestion. Thanks again!
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