Long drying times and piles of laundry are hallmarks of dryer heating issues. What’s the problem when your GE dryer won’t heat? It could be a clogged exhaust vent. Disconnect the vent from the dryer and use an appliance brush or narrow hose vacuum attachment to remove any blockages. Here’s how to troubleshoot a GE dryer not heating to end laundry day woes.
4 Reasons For a GE Dryer Not Heating
A GE front load dryer not heating is a common issue that can happen on any make and model. While a part malfunction may require some professional assistance, some simple DIY tips can help pinpoint the problem.
1. Dryer Vent is Clogged
A clogged dryer vent is one of the most common reasons for a GE dryer not heating. If the vent hasn’t been cleaned in 6-12 months it’s possible lint and other debris has caused a blockage. When this happens, moist air has nowhere to exit and remains in the dryer, leaving clothes wet.
Follow these steps to clean a clogged dryer vent and restore heat:
- Unplug the dryer and move it away from the wall to access the vent.
- Disconnect the vent from the dryer and wall.
- Use an appliance brush or narrow hose vacuum attachment to remove lint and debris from the hose.
- Clean out the exterior vent on the outside of your house with the same methods.
- Reconnect the vent hose to the interior wall and dryer, making sure there are no kinks that can restrict airflow. Plug the dryer back in and reposition it in place.
2. Heating Element is Burned Out
If your electric GE dryer won’t dry at all, it’s possible the heating element has burned out. When the dryer is turned on, the heating element changes electric current to heat to dry clothes. However, over time, the heating element can burn out, leaving it unable to produce heat.
To confirm that the heating element has burned out, test it with a multimeter. If the heating element shows no continuity, it requires professional replacement.
3. Cycling Thermostat Failure
Cycling thermostats monitor the dryer’s internal temperature, cycling heat on and off as needed. If the cycling thermostat fails, it won’t be able to signal the dryer control board for more heat and clothes may take longer to dry. A faulty cycling thermostat could also cause the dryer to produce too much heat. At this point, the GE dryer thermal fuse will blow to protect against overheating. A blown thermal fuse cannot be repaired and must be replaced.
A failed cycling thermostat will exhibit no continuity when tested with a multimeter and requires replacement. However, accessing the cycling thermostat to test and replace it involves removing the dryer’s top and front panel, as well as the dryer drum. This complex job is best handled by a professional dryer repair service.
4. Timer Is Broken
If all other parts are functioning properly and you still find your GE dryer not heating, it’s possible that the timer is broken. This component consists of a small motor that helps create heat by sending electrical signals to the dryer motor and heating element. When the motor and heating element receives these signals, heat is provided to dry clothes.
If the timer breaks, the dryer motor, and heating element won’t receive the timer’s signal to produce heat and clothes won’t dry. Like many dryer part malfunctions, multimeter testing can confirm if the timer is broken. If the timer shows a reading of anything other than zero, it’s broken and needs replacement.
The team at CD Appliance Repair can help fix a GE dryer not heating or resolve any dryer issue. Call us for a fast and professional response!