Troubleshooting a GE Profile Electric Dryer


General Electric (GE) is one of the largest corporations in the world, manufacturing and producing an impressive array of products, from electricity (nuclear, gas and solar) to turbine engines and toasters. GE appliances are popular in American homes, including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. GE electric dryers come in a variety of colors, styles and sizes. If you have a GE dryer in your home that's acting up, try a few troubleshooting techniques to get it running again and save money on a costly repair bill.

  • Check your settings. If your clothing is taking too long to dry, make sure that the dryer is set "Dry" and not to "Fluff" or "Air." This could also be the problem if the dryer is running but not heating.

  • Clean the lint trap. A clogged lint filter will restrict some of the air flow needed for your dryer to operate properly. Locate the lint trap on your machine (varies by model) and remove the filter. Manually remove the trapped lint and discard. Wash the filter in hot water and dish soap, rubbing gently with a sponge, to remove built-up dryer sheet or fabric softener residue.

  • Check for obstructions. Long drying times can result if the vents for the dryer are blocked. Check that the front, back and sides of the machine are free from clothing or other blockages. Follow the vent from the rear of the machine to the outside of your home and make sure this area is free of plant life or other obstructions. This allows the air to flow free to and from the dryer.

  • Check the power supply and cord. If your dryer isn't turning on or is working poorly, check that the power to the outlet is active. Unplug the dryer and insert the cord of something that you know works properly, like a lamp or small home appliance. Check the cord for signs of crimping, fraying or other wear. A damaged cord can cause the machine to work improperly and be a fire hazard. Check your breaker box to make sure that no breakers have been tripped. If the dryer is on a 120-volt circuit instead of a 240-volt circuit, the drying time will be three times as long.

  • Limit your load. Overfilling the dryer can result in poor performance. Place only one load of wash in the dryer at a time. Likewise, a too small load can cause balance problems with the dryer. Try to dry at least four to five items per cycle.

  • Look for foreign obstacles. If the dryer is making a strange noise (squeaking, rattling or thumping), check to make sure that items have not been left in the drum (where you put your clothing). These might include coins, buttons, lipstick cases or other items frequently left in pockets. Remove the lint filter and look into the trap to see if anything else has been lodged inside. If you must reach in to remove something, wear gloves as there could be sharp edges. A worn belt makes a thumping noise and should be replaced by a repair person.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to correct electrical issues on your own. Call a licensed repair person.

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