Troubleshooting a GE Electric Dryer

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Dryer Does Not Work

  • First, check the power cord to ensure it hasn't come free of the outlet. If not, inspect the cord for damage. Any kinks, frays, or rot are indications that the cord may need to be replaced. If the cord is fine and the appliance is plugged in, make sure the outlet is getting power. Check the breaker box to see if the circuit breaker has tripped. If you're using an extension cord or power strip, eliminate these and plug the appliance directly into a wall outlet. Consult a certified GE repairman for further assistance.

No Heat

  • If your GE dryer is tumbling the clothes, but putting out no heat, there are a number of possible solutions. The most common problem is lack of air flow. Check the lint trap to make sure it hasn't become clogged. Clean it thoroughly.

    Next, check the vent hose. On most GE electric dryers, this will be located in the back of the dryer on the right side. Make sure the hose is properly connected to both the dryer and the outside vent. If so, unplug the dryer to avoid electrical shock and inspect the hose itself. Detach it from the dryer and examine the inside of the hose for any blockages. Clean the hose thoroughly and replace it.

Dryer Won't Tumble

  • If the dryer is coming on and the heat works properly, but the drum won't turn, the problem is likely with the drum belt. Unplug the dryer to avoid electrical shock. Depending on your model of GE dryer, the motor access may be in the back or the front. Remove the lower front panel first. If you can't access the motor and belt, remove the lower back panel and go in through there. Pull gently on the belt. The belt should be taut. If not, or if the belt is worn, it may need to be replaced. GE replacement parts are available at most appliance retailers, or through its website.

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