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MATTHEW TUNGATE

Why does my GE dryer keep shutting off, and why won't it stay on without me holding it in "start" position?

I have a GE DBXR453ET2WW electric dryer. It has been quitting in the middle of a cycle. Often it smells like burning rubber, and sometimes seems to be hotter than I remember it being. But before today, I would just turn it on again and go through this cycle over and over again.

Today the dryer starts but won't stay on. I have had to tape the start switch on to keep it running.

So I have two problems:

1. What do I check/replace to get it to stay on?

2. Why was it shutting down mid-cycle in the first place?

I have cleaned out the venting, so I doubt that is the problem. Any help is appreciated.

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Hi Matt,



Based on what you have told me, if the components in the motor circuit show continuity and you have voltage to the motor and it will not run, the motor is bad. Most likely the centrifugal switch inside the motor is stuck.



I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.



Landell
by Manage My Life
March 29th, 2012
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MATTHEW TUNGATE
Landell,
I'm not that good with my multi meter and have never used it in this way. I have continuity everywhere I should have it, I think. I have a voltage tester (one of those that lights up and beeps when there is juice). If I have voltage in the wires attached to the motor, does that mean that the motor is my problem? If you have specific instructions for how I can use my multimeter, please let me know. Or if you have other tests I can try, i will.
by MATTHEW TUNGATE
March 28th, 2012
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To Matt,



With the thermostat bypassed, check voltage at the yellow and white (PTS released). If you read approximately 120 volts the motor is bad. If no voltage you most likely have a wiring issue.



I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.



Landell
by Manage My Life
March 28th, 2012
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MATTHEW TUNGATE
Landell,
The high limit thermostat had no continuity, probably because one of the contacts was broken. But the idler switch had continuity. So I connected the two wires going into the high limit themostat, turned on the dryer and it still won't run unless the PTS is set to Start.

How do I check if the motor is getting voltage after the PTS is released? I'm not sure how to translate the wiring diagram into practical action. There are so many wires and connections to the motor! I'm not sure which ones to connect to the multi meter.

And what do I do if it is NOT getting voltage?

All your help is appreciated.
by MATTHEW TUNGATE
March 27th, 2012
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To Matt,



Yes the belt switch, idler switch and interlock switch (part number WD21X557) are the same part. I am including the wiring diagram for this dryer in the image below. Measure continuity across the switch and thermostat, and then if the motor is getting voltage after the PTS is released the motor is bad.



I hope this is helpful. Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.



Landell
by Manage My Life
March 27th, 2012
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MATTHEW TUNGATE
I do have a multi-meter and I'm confident I can do the repair. I think it is the motor, too. But what is the idler switch. I don't find a part called that, though there is a belt switch. Are they the same thing?
So lay it on me: How do I test those three parts to see which is causing my issue(s)?
by MATTHEW TUNGATE
March 27th, 2012
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Manage My Life
Hi Matt,

Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

If your dryer will not run unless you hold the push to start switch, you could have a bad motor, idler switch, or high limit thermostat. The most likely issue since the dryer was shutting off prematurely before this is a bad motor. The diagnosis of this issue will require the use of a multi meter.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website;

Sears Home Services

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Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram or to purchase any parts needed for your

GE model number DBXR453ET2WW dryer

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If you have a meter and are confident in your technical abilities please reply below and I will be happy to assist you further.

Landell
by Manage My Life
March 26th, 2012
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Taping down the start switch so you can get the laundry done would be a short time fix. The expert will review this model and respond, but I did locate two similar questions that may help narrow down the cause. I attached the links below. I hope this information helps.
by Manage My Life
March 25th, 2012
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