GE Dryer overheating?


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Old 04-11-20, 03:39 PM
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GE Dryer overheating?

Hi,

I recently started to having issues with my dryer (Gtmp280ed4ww). It does heat up and sit seems to work but eventually it develops an electrical burning smell and the breaker blows after half an hour or so.

I already replace the high limit thermostat but that did not help.

The dryer does not shut off running on the cold/fluff cycle which leads me to believe that this is directly related to the heater. The heating element itself seems to be fine and I can test for conductivity from o e end to the other.

Does anyone have any ideas for some common issues?
 
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Old 04-11-20, 03:42 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

You checked the heating element for continuity and it checked ok.
Now check from the heating element to ground. You'll probably measure continuity there.
 
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Old 04-17-20, 12:18 PM
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Thanks PJmax,

I Checked for continuity from the element to the Dryer housing and there was no continuity? Is it worth replacing the entire heating element assembly?

The Heating element is not the wiry coil kind but more like metal spikes - seems very solid and I feel very unlikely to burn out
 
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Check for obstruction in the vent pipe.
 
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Old 04-17-20, 02:12 PM
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In order to trip the circuit..... the element would need to touch ground.
That's what you need to look for.

I'm not sure what type of element you are describing.
If it's shorting to ground.... you should see an arc mark.
 
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Old 04-18-20, 04:08 AM
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Please check model# as I can't think of what kind of heater element you have.The one you posted did not work.
Went to another site and got it to work. Your heater element is behind drum. and drum must come out to check. You might be able to reach connections from top but much easier you get to with drum out. The heater goes around the back of drum attached to back wall of dryer. There is a 2 stage element in there and each side must be checked.
 
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Old 04-19-20, 06:50 AM
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Thanks for all the replies!

I still have the dryer apart and didn't see any obviouss arc marks aroud the heating element.

This is the same heating element as in the video and it's also the same way I tested it, plus I tested each of the 3 terminals against the housing with no continuity::
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQxtOifn9cg
 
 

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