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4 Common Problems with GE Dryers And What Might Be Causing Them

May 05, 2016

You go to dry a load of laundry in your GE dryer, and you find that the dryer is acting up.

Repair Care is here to help save you cash in the form of repair costs, by guiding you through these common dryer problems. Is your dryer doing one of the following?

Making weird noises

The drum is not turning

The dryer is not heating up or

The dryer not turning on

Sound familiar? These issues are fairly common with GE dryers, and many other brands as well. We’ve listed a couple of reasons why you might be encountering these problems below. If you need a repair on your GE dryer, don’t hesitate to call Repair Care. We have years of experience repairing GE dryers in the Calgary area.  

Noisy Cycles

If your dryer is making a lot of noise, the problem could be a couple of things. Check the inside for small objects that might have fallen out of clothes pockets. If you can’t see anything, or it happens every time you turn on your dryer, it might mean there is a problem with the bearings. If you are hearing loud thumping noises, this could mean the the rear drum-support bearings have issues. These are bronze bearings located behind the drum and are held in place by screws. These are easily replaced; just simple unscrew the bearings and insert a new one.

If you are hearing loud squeaking noises, that could indicate that the front-drum support glide is worn out; these are rectangular-shaped stripes of nylon that are inserted into the front of the drum. They act as a surface between the front lip of the panel and the front lip of the drum, which supports the drum. You might need a skilled technician to look at these.

Drum Won’t Turn

If your dryer’s drum isn’t turning when in use, then it is likely that the drive belt is broken. This belt runs on a pulley system around the drum. The system runs between the idler pulley and the pulley on the dryer’s motor. The idler pulley is used to ensure the right amount of tension on the drive belt so that there is enough friction between the drum and the belt so that the drum turns. If the belt is the issue, you will need a technician to come and take a look it.   

Won’t Heat Up

If your dryer isn’t heating up, there could be a few reasons. One problem might be the thermal fuse, which is used to keep the temperature from rising too high. These can’t be reset and need to be replaced. Another problem might be the thermostat; this is a series of temperature-operated switches that keep the drum at selected temperatures when in use. The high-limit thermostat is a safety feature that keeps the temperature from getting too high if the regular temperature-cycling fails. The thermal fuse and the thermostat are both located on the top of the heating element enclosure, and can be seen when open the top of your dryer. There might also be a problem with the heating element, which is located behind the drum. If you suspect that there is a problem with any of these, you should call for a technician right away, as testing them often requires special equipment.

Dryer Won’t Start

If your dryer isn’t starting at all, check the door switch. If the door switch is defective, then the door won’t lock and the dryer won’t turn on. The switch will occasionally get damaged with regular use. Replacing the switch is fairly easy;  you just need a few simple tools and a new switch, though it is recommended to call a technician if you are not familiar with repairing appliances.

Does your GE dryer need a repair? Call Repair Care today at 1-888-501-9702 or book online!