GE Dryer Keeps Beeping/Buzzing

GE Dryer Keeps Beeping/Buzzing

Dryers will often beep at the end of a cycle to alert you to come and collect your laundry. They may also beep or buzz if the unit is too warm or if the lint trap is full. However, in some cases, a dryer may also beep because there is some kind of error. 

If your GE dryer won’t stop beeping, or is beeping in a sequence, you should always try performing a reset, and/or running a diagnostic on the machine. The reset could fix any internal bugs, and the diagnostic should display an error code if there is a problem. If your machine won’t start, you may need to replace a fuse.

In this article we will look at some of the reasons you may be hearing beeping or buzzing from your GE dryer, along with what you can do to stop it. 

GE Dryer Won’t Stop Beeping or Buzzing

GE Dryer Won't Stop Beeping or Buzzing

In general, the beeping or buzzing on your dryer is there as a way to inform you of something. Whether it be the end of a cycle, or a full lint filter, you may hear buzzing at certain points of the dryer cycle. 

However, in some cases, you may find that the dryer keeps beeping or buzzing, even after it should have stopped. 

Once cause could be an internal beep that should be very faint. This beep is connected to the internal diagnostics and could make a sound as the program runs. It is normal and usually so quiet that you can’t hear it. 

Audible Beeping

If you are experiencing beeping when the unit is not in use, it could be a sign that it is overheating. It could also be an issue with the sensor. In some cases, as with a light load, the machine can become confused and signal the end of a cycle before it is finished. 

Another issue could be with the timer. It is possible that the timer is stuck and signaling the end of a cycle, even when not in use. 

What You Can Do

Always remember to unplug your machine before looking inside and call a professional if you don’t have the necessary skills. 

In many cases, your dryer will beep to alert you to an issue. The beeps will be consistent and sometimes sequential. The number of beeps will correspond to an error code. 

However, if your dryer is beeping constantly with no sign of a rhythm, you should try unplugging the unit and letting it power down. In some cases, the program inside can become stuck. Unplugging and plugging the unit back on will reset the program and can fix any bugs that could be causing the beeping. 

If a reset doesn’t fix your issue, unfortunately it might be a problem with the control panel. If this is the case, you will need to call a professional. Accessing the control panel can be difficult and without prior knowledge you may further damage the unit. 

GE Dryer Beeping Three or Six Times 

GE Dryer Beeping Three or Six Times

In most modern machines, beeps and flashing lights are signals to you. They are either telling you the load is dry, or informing you that something is wrong. In the event that you are hearing a consistent number of beeps, it is likely that this is part of a diagnostic code. 

When your machine runs its diagnostics to check its systems, it will alert you to issues with a series of beeps and flashing lights. This could be three beeps or six beeps, repeated over and over and often accompanied by flashing lights. 

What You Can Do

Your dryer should have come with a user manual. In this user manual, there should be a section for diagnostics. First, try running a diagnostic by pushing the appropriate buttons and manually forcing the system to check itself over. 

Take note of what you see and hear. For example, three beeps followed by a certain number of flashing lights is a code that you can look up in the manual. This code will tell you what’s wrong. 

Newer models with digital displays will be able to show you a numerical code right on the display. But older machines need to rely on beeps and flashing lights.

If you have tried the diagnostics and cannot decipher the code, or there are no flashing lights, you should call a repairman because it might be a bigger internal issue. 

GE Dryer Won’t Start Just Beeps 

GE Dryer Won't Start Just Beeps

If your dryer is beeping but will not start, chances are there is an internal issue preventing it from running. This could be that it is too warm, the lint filter is too full, or there is some issue with the control board. 

You know that the dryer has power, since it is beeping, so it is not likely to be an issue with the display. There are a few things you can check manually before needing to call a repairman.

What You Can Do

Start by resting your dryer. Unplug and let it sit for a minute or two before plugging back in. While it is unplugged, do a quick check of the outlet and plug. If there is some damage, it could be causing a disruption in the circuit that is confusing the control board. 

Check the Lint Filter

While the dryer is switched off, empty the lint filter completely, going into the door with a vacuum cleaner to clean as much out as possible. It could be that something has gotten stuck in the filter and is causing the machine to overheat or think that there is a bigger problem. 

Check the Door

Next, check the door. If the door lock is damaged in some way, the machine will not start. As a safety precaution, the door will need to fully close and lock before the cycle starts. It will not unlock until the cycle is completely finished. If there is an issue with the door lock, the beeping could be indicating this and the reason the dryer will not start.

Check the Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse works with your dryer to prevent it from overheating. It acts like a thermostat, and when the dryer becomes too hot, it will power off the heating element inside the dryer. 

Your dryer won’t start if this fuse has blown. It cannot be reset and will need to be replaced. In the video below, you can see how to access and replace the thermal fuse in a front loading GE dryer:

Run a Diagnostic

If you reset the unit and still have the beeps without anything else working, try running a diagnostic. You can find out how to do this in your user manual. Typically it involves pressing a series of buttons in sequence to access the diagnostics. Your machine will work through and should display an error code. 

Final Thoughts

In some cases, you may hear a faint buzzing from your dryer. This noise is normal and will run alongside internal diagnostic, but should be quiet enough that you can’t hear it. 

However if you are hearing audible beeping, it is likely due to an error with the unit. Sequential beeping will be part of a code. It should be accompanied by flashing lights so that you can look up the code in your user manual.

If your dryer is continually beeping, whether it is running or not, it might be a bigger issue with the control board or a faulty switch. Unfortunately, this is a job for a repairman. 

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