How to Fix a Front Load GE Dryer That's Not Heating

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No heat equals slow drying -- that's the case with all clothes dryers, including GE models. Fixing your clothes dryer's lack of drying heat involves ruling out the most common causes of trouble, which may include electricity supply problems, gas supply issues and mistakes in setting up the appliance. Reviving your GE clothes dryer when it seems to be broken does not always require special expertise or knowledge; you can easily complete basic troubleshooting instructions at home.

  • Check the controls, as you might have chosen settings unsuitable for drying a normal load of wet clothes. Cancel "Air Fluff" mode from the "Timed Cycle" menu, if necessary, and tap the "Dry Temp" button until the heat setting is at "Medium" or "High."

  • Check for blown fuses or tripped breakers in your home; GE electric dryers use one fuse or breaker for the motor and controls and another for the heating element. The dryer might spin and start as normal but not generate heat if the heating fuse or breaker is inactive.

  • Reduce the amount of clothes in the dryer; heavy, saturated fabrics take longer to dry, giving the impression the dryer isn't generating any heat. One dryer load should always be equivalent to a single washing machine load; overloading the drum restricts air flow and increases drying times.

  • Double-check the dryer's gas shut-off valve behind the appliance is open and that the valve for your property is allowing gas through. Either valve could have been turned off during maintenance or service. Other gas appliances in your home will stop working if the supply to your home is disconnected.

  • Ensure there is enough gas remaining in your home or dryer's LP tank; there should be a gauge on top of the tank indicating the amount of product remaining. Homes without a connection to the main supply often use LP tanks to power gas appliances.

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