Gibson Dryer Repair Manual


Gibson dryers are manufactured by the Frigidaire Company and are available in both gas and electric models. As with other dryers, there can be mechanical issues such as no heat, wet clothes or a drum that doesn't spin.You can troubleshoot these problems and even fix them without the need of a professional technician using a few basic tools. If the motor is broken or other electrical components are damaged, you will need to get your appliance professionally serviced to avoid furthering damaging the dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Wiring diagram

Heat, Clothes Still Wet

  • Remove the lint filter and clean all visible lint from it. A clogged lint filter can prevent moisture from escaping your dryer, keeping your clothes wet. Wash the lint filter with warm water and mild dishwasher soap to remove small clogs caused by fabric softener material.

  • Examine the exhaust duct connection and duct tubing. Your Gibson dryer requires that the tubing is secure on the duct exhaust pipe. Otherwise, moisture will collect in the pipe and prevent air flow. Check the metal band for tightness and adjust it as necessary with your flathead screwdriver.

  • Check the exhaust hood outside the house that connects to your Gibson’s exhaust duct. If the hood is clogged or closed, moisture can settle inside the tube.

  • Unplug your dryer and place the plug head in a secure place.

  • Place the putty knife inside the crease between your Gibson dryer’s bottom access panel and front panel. Push down to release the bottom access panel from the retainer clip. Repeat on both sides and pull down on the bottom access panel to expose the bottom of the dryer and the heating element shell.

  • Clean any visible lint inside the panel. Ensure you clean lint from around the heating element. Excessive lint can inhibit the heating element’s function.

No Heat, Dryer Runs

  • Inspect the thermal fuses, which are typically located near the exhaust and the heating element. Since dryer models differ, refer to your Gibson's wiring diagram for specific locations. If either one is blown, you must replace them.

  • Look at the gas supply valve to see if it's open for gas models. Also check your gas supply tank's level if your dryer is hooked up to a system separate from the city supply.

  • Examine the airflow path for gas models. Per your installation instructions, the airflow to the flame must be free of obstruction or there won't be enough air to create combustion.

Dryer Doesn't Start

  • Inspect your Gibson's power cord for obvious damage, such as arcing around the prongs or exposed wire. Also check the cord's connection to the terminal block behind your dryer. Check the hardware for any loose connections.

  • Open your circuit breaker box and locate the switch related to the dryer's receptacle. If the switch is tripped, reset it.

  • Examine your dryer's console settings to ensure they are correct if your dryer has power but won't start. Sometimes special operations as delayed start will prevent the dryer from operating until it is set.

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