Dryer Low Heat or No Heat

Old 08-18-02, 01:17 PM
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Question GE Gas Dryer drying slow

Hi, I have a GE gas dryer Model # DDG5980RALWH that is about 6 yrs old. It has been taking over an hour and a half to dry a load of clothes! This is not helping out the gas bill and I don't want to call the repair man! My husband can fix about anything if he knows what the problem is. Any ideas? HELP!
Old 08-18-02, 01:52 PM
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Always start with air flow problems for taking too long to dry problems....venting, venthood, dryer ducts, lint filter, drum seals can all effect air flow.

Heat quiting 1/2 way through a cycle...gas valve coil working then heating up and quiting through out the drying cycle.

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Old 08-19-02, 11:45 AM
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Hello lisad and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

Any one of several parts may be causing the problem you described. Each is listed below with instructions. Most likely, based upon the problem description you posted and the easiest problem to correct, is the venting system, which may be restricted.

I would suggest you start with the venting system first. It's also possible one or both of the solenoids could be defective and or the gas valve could be defective.

Restricted Vent:
Remove the entire vent from the back of the dryer and clear or clean it out all the way to the outside hood. Also be sure the flapper door inside the exhaust vent hood is free to open and close.

Defective Solenoids:
There are two...both are on top of the gas valve.
Solenoids also supply voltage to the glow coil and are part of the electrical loop. All terminals on both solenoids must have continuity. If not, you'll need to remove them from the top of the gas valve by removing the entire gas valve assembly first.

Remove both solenoids off the gas valve body by removing the holddown cover plate and replace them both if defective. They are sold only in pairs. Or take the entire gas valve unit to your local appliance parts store and have the entire assembly and all the parts tested individually and as an assembly.

Defective Gas Valve:
Remove entire unit as an assembly. Take the entire assembly to your local appliance parts store for testing. Gas valves are not repairable. Replacement is the only option if defective.

CAUTION: Do Not attempt to repair the gas valve! This is a non repairable item!

Flame Sensor:
This part is located on the burner housing. If it's defective, it will cause the glow coil to not function or cause the problem your describing. You can test this part with a continuity tester or an ohm meter.

The only positive method to be sure any part is functioning correctly, is to carefully remove the part and have the local appliance parts store person do the testing.

Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes and solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair proceedures and instructions, pictorials and schematics, which may be available online.

An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Appliance parts dealers test and carry replacement parts for all appliances. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Retail parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers if you stop in at the store. The info will help to determine the exact parts used in the model assembly line run and possible problem causes.

Read the other postings having the same or like dryer problems to determine the possible problem causes, testing proceedures and correction methods. The forum has many other questions on this topic of no heat in a dryer.

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