Amy Tranowicz

Why is my GE electric dryer not getting hot enough to dry my clothes?

by Amy Tranowicz Last activity date:
March 10th, 2009

I have a GE electric dryer. It is not getting hot enough to dry my clothes.

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Lyle W
I recommend checking the cycling temperature of the dryer using this method:

Clean the lint screen. If you use dryer softener sheets, I recommend washing the lint screen with water and a nylon brush to remove any residue that can inhibit air flow through the screen.

Disconnect the flexible exhaust vent hose from the back of the dryer. Position the dryer so that you can measure the temperature of the air coming out of this vent.

Fill the dryer with a medium load of wet laundry.

Pull the flexible exhaust vent hose off the back of the dryer. Position the dryer so that you can check the temperature coming out of the exhaust vent.

Fill the dryer with a medium load of wet laundry.

Start a cycle on the regular heat automatic setting.

Measure the temperature coming out of the exhaust vent in back of the dryer.

The dryer should heat up to about 135 degrees and then cycle between 120 and 135 degrees. If the dryer is cycling properly at these temperatures, then the heater elements and thermostats are working properly. Allow the dryer to continue to run and see if the load dries properly. If it does, then a restricted exhaust vent duct system is likely causing your drying problems. I recommend cleaning the vent duct to the outside of the home and making sure that the exhaust vent hose is not kinked or restricted when it is reconnected.

If the dryer will not heat properly while venting directly into the laundry room, then you could have a problem with the heating elements. You can unplug the dryer and check the resistance of these elements. To open the dryer top and access the elements (with the dryer unplugged), open the door and remove the screws under the front lip of the top panel. You can then lift the top panel to access the heating element leads on the back of the drum. You should see one element with blue and purple wires connected to it. The other element will have white and purple wires. With the dryer unplugged, pull one wire off of an element and measure the resistance across the leads. You should measure near 22 ohms of resistance through each element. If one element is open (measures infinite resistance), then the element assembly will need to be replaced.

You can view and order parts for this dryer on the

Sears PartsDirect

website. The part number for the heater assembly is WE11M30.

If the elements are okay, then you could have a problem with the thermostats or a wiring failure between components.

If you need more help with this problem, resubmit your question with additional details.
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