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GE Dryer Not Working

GE has been making top-notch dryers for over 130 years and so GE Dryers are considered to be sturdy and reliable. This is why it is so shocking to suddenly not be able to dry your family’s clothes in your GE Dryer and to be left with a mass of wet clothes. Rapid troubleshooting of common reasons for your GE Dryer not working can quickly resolve the issue and will allow you to quickly get your soaking wet clothes nice and dry again.  

If your GE Dryer is not working, be sure to check the backsplash, which is the panel holding the controls and buttons in place. Unscrew the backsplash and take the panel off to see if any of the switches are damaged. If any switches are broken or damaged, simply replace them.

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Check the thermal fuse with a multimeter to see if it shows a level of 0 ohms. If the thermal fuse is blown it usually signifies a problem with the dryer’s vent. If the vent is obstructed by either debris or a blockage, airflow will be restricted and the GE Dryer will start to overheat.

GE Dryer Not Drying

If you are on a tight timetable, and you suddenly find that your GE Dryer is not drying, it can be extremely upsetting. If you make sure to stay composed, you can quickly troubleshoot what is causing this problem and then can quickly remedy the problem. In fact, by remedying this problem, you could be preventing an even worse issue involving your dryer that has even become dangerous and which could potentially start a fire because of your GE Dryer overheating.

If your GE Dryer is not working, go ahead and unplug it. Disconnect the vent and vacuum it out with a hose attachment. Clean the vent tube with a dryer brush and reconnect the vent tubing. Check the outside vent for any clogs and plug the dryer in.

If this does not solve the problem, the issue could be caused by a non-functioning heating element if you have an electric GE Dryer or by a faulty gas valve solenoid if you have a gas-powered GE Dryer.

GE Dryer Not Starting

White dryer and washing machine in laundry room

If your GE Dryer is not starting, try some easy steps to see if the problem is a simple one that can be easily remedied.  Look over common parts of your GE Dryer where something may have become loosened or may need resetting. Hopefully, this is all you will need to do to be able to get your GE Dryer working again and your family’s washed clothes dried.

If your GE Dryer is not working and is not starting, check the power source and try plugging it into a different socket to see if the GE Dryer will start. Check the fuse in the plug to make sure that it has not been tripped. Try resetting the breaker and see if the reset allows the GE Dryer to start.

Now try and inspect the door. See if the door switch is bent or damaged and out of position. Inspect the timer knob and then remove it to check for any damage. It should normally have some degree of resistance when you turn it.

Check the thermal fuse with a multimeter to see if it shows a level of 0 ohms. If the thermal fuse is blown it usually signifies a problem with the dryer’s vent. If the vent is obstructed by either debris or a blockage, airflow will be restricted and the GE Dryer will start to overheat.

If the GE Dryer turns on but won’t run, test the drive belt. If the drive belt is broken, the dryer will turn on but will not spin the drum.

GE Dryer Not Turning On

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If your GE Dryer is not turning on, be sure not to panic. Careful troubleshooting can quickly analyze what is at the root of this problem. Once you determine what is causing this issue, it can be quickly remedied. 

If your GE Dryer is not working and won’t turn on, check the drive motor of your GE Dryer to see if it is causing the Dryer not to turn on. Use a Multimeter set on Rx1 to test for voltage consistency of the terminals. Then, check the base metal of the motor. Both readings should be at 0 Ohms.

If the terminals do not have a reading of 0 Ohms, you will need to replace the motor.  You can also test the Terminal Block. The Terminal Block connects internal wires to the power cord and often overheats. This problem can be signaled by a burning smell. Finally, you may need to replace the Control Board.

GE Dryer Not Staying On

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If your GE Dryer is not working and is not staying on, you can try several simple troubleshooting steps to analyze the cause of the problem. If conducting each of these steps does not resolve the issue, you may need to consult with a certified GE Dryer Certified Technician.

If your GE Dryer is not working and is not staying on, check the Dryer’s motor. If the dryer is worn out, you will find that it is periodically getting hotter than usual during the drying cycle. Then, this will cause the thermal overload switch to keep tripping, which will prevent the dryer from staying on.

You can also check the moisture sensor which automatically senses if the laundry is completely dry. If the moisture sensor is not working properly due to a defect or if it is coated in dirt, it will not be able to detect the level of moisture in the drying clothes and so it will keep turning the dryer off despite wet clothes.

GE Dryer Keeps Stopping

Clothes spilling out of dryer machine

If your GE Dryer keeps stopping after running for only several minutes, it will leave you with nasty wet laundry that keeps accumulating. Luckily, there are only a few potential reasons that could lead to this problem. Look for either a problem with a defective part or a problem with a vent that is blocked.

If your GE Dryer is not working and keeps stopping, first check for a blocked vent. If the dryer’s generated hot air can not exit due to a blocked vent, it will cause activation of the thermal overload switch in order to stop the dryer to prevent a thermal fire.