GE dryer - automatic dry runs forever


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Old 01-09-07, 11:26 AM
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GE dryer - automatic dry runs forever

I have a GE electric dryer (model #DCLR333ET1WW), about 6 years old. Just recently, the automatic drying function stopped working. Unfortunately, there is not timed heat function, only a timed "fluff" cycle, so I am forced to turn it off manually once the clothes are dry.

Clothes are drying just like they did before, and everything else seems to be working ok.

Any ideas where the automatic drying sensor is located? I've read that sometimes it gets coated with dryer sheet film and can simply be cleaned off with soap & water.

Otherwise, is this going to be costly to fix, and can I do it myself?

Thanks for all your input.
 
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Old 01-10-07, 02:06 PM
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Not sure where the drying sensor is, but "other" troubleshooting information about it running forever states to check the vent and/or internal ductwork. See here:

http://www.repairclinic.com/0088_8_1.asp#Level1_6

"If your dryer seems to run forever, it could be because of a clogged vent or internal ductwork. Your dryer may have an automatic cycle that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. It does this with a special thermostat or moisture-sensing system.

Normally, this is what happens during an automatic cycle:


The thermostat tells the dryer to heat until the interior of the dryer reaches a pre-set temperature--say 135 degrees.


When the dryer reaches the pre-set temperature, the thermostat tells the timer to begin advancing. (If there's a moisture sensor, the timer advances only if the moisture content of the clothing is low enough.)


The timer advances until the interior cools, then the thermostat tells the timer to stop advancing, and tells the dryer to start heating again.


This cycle continues until the clothes are dry. But…if the vent is clogged, the dryer may never reach the proper operating temperature, so it doesn't send the signal to the timer and the dryer continues to run indefinitely, even if the clothes are completely dry. To fix the problem, clean the vent and/or internal ductwork."
 
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Old 01-11-07, 12:41 PM
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Thanks, I will try that.
 
 

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