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my dryer runs then stops after few minutes then will go again after messing with it

whirlpool, dryer, will start and run when push start button. then after few minutes will stop. push start butto and will not do anything. after it sets afew minutes you can push start button and it will start and run longer, but will stop eventullay and have to go thur routine again. it is about seven yrs old and not had problem except seem like dosent dry as quick as should but it never has done this. it seems to dry right still when goes. no smell like any shorts. dosent matter what timed amount or automatic dry is set, when this happens wont start until do what mentioned

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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

As Barbara suggested in the first response, adding the model number would be necessary in order to provide model specific troubleshooting assistance.

If the dryer stops in mid cycle and will not restart until it sits and cools, the motor is likely overheating and shutting off by the built in thermal overload inside the motor. The motor could also be over heating if the motor is covered in a thin layer of lint.

If the venting system is restricted or the vent hose has too many bends, it can cause the dryer to take longer to dry. If it's a gas dryer, it could have weak solenoid coils on the gas valve preventing the burner from igniting at times.

So that's what I can tell you at this point. I can give you more detailed help if you could provide me with the complete model number. The model numbers are typically located somewhere around the drum opening. If you could supply me with that information I will be happy to assist you further.
by Joey S Earned 1,944 community points in Washers
March 9th, 2012
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Manage My Life
Troubleshooting dryer problems can be difficult. Trying to get the laundry done with this problem would be tiresome. I located a similar question that may help while you wait for the expert response. I would recommend adding the complete model number to help the expert provide the best answer possible. Just click reply and add the additonal information. I hope this helps.
by Manage My Life
March 8th, 2012
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