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GE dryer turns off mid cycle

GE dryer turns off mid cycle

My GE gdf520pgdww dryer keeps turning off mid cycle. Air flow is fine and I just replaced the Thermostat with no luck. It still continues to shut down mid cycle. Any suggestions on what to check or replace?

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Guest [Entry]

"Reference my previous answer tp this question here:

Dryer stopped in middle of a cycle..

First unplug it for 5 minutes to allow it to reset.

Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse helps to prevent a dryer fire by shutting off power to the dryer if it overheats. If the dryer won't start check this fuse first. Test the thermal fuse with an ohm meter or continuity checker. This is the most common part to fail when the dryer won't start. Once the thermal fuse has blown, it has to be replaced. It can not be reset.

Start Switch

The start switch is on the dryer control panel. Depending on the model, either press a button or turn a dial to start the dryer. If the start switch fails the dryer won't start or make any noise. Test the switch with an ohm meter or continuity checker. If the dryer hums when the start switch is activated, or if the motor runs only while activating the start switch, the motor might be defective or something might be binding the drum preventing it from turning freely. If the dryer start switch does not have continuity when it is activated, it will need to be replaced.

Door Switch

The door switch is located near the dryer door and is activated when the door is closed. If the door switch fails, the dryer won't start at all. Most door switches will make an audible click when they are activated. If the door switch makes a clicking sound when activated it is probably not defective. If it doesn't make a click, it can be checked with an ohm meter or continuity checker. The door switch is relatively easy to replace and is usually not very expensive."
Guest [Entry]

My 2009 GE front loader stops 10 minutes into the dry cycle. Smacking it on the side would sometime get it to start again. Took it apart and looked at the wiring diagram and focused on the motor relay located on the top control board. Turns out when the dryer stopped running, I could put light pressure on the top of the relay and it click closed and started running again. It’s a $2 part on line. As a temporary solution I JB welded a large nut to the top of the relay housing (vice my finger) and now it works like new!
Guest [Entry]

"So I was having a similar issue. Dryer would turn on but then shut off mid cycle. Brand new dryer.

With door open, I pushed the door switch all the way in and pushed the start button it comes on every time.

I realized that the door hinges were slightly bent out (display model, the door must’ve been opened too wide too often and slightly bent the hinges).

With door open, I inserted a flat head screw driver in between the hinge and where it attaches to the door, then slowly closed it enough to bend the hinges back. Works fine now."
Guest [Entry]

"I know I’m late to this as my sister has a GE Dryer that shuts off at about 10 minutes. I will link an article I found for future reference at the bottom. But in short, there are several problems that can cause this issue in GE Dryers. The list of problems might not cover everything and there could be more things causing the problems. One thing I will add is to first check the exhaust hose to make sure there isn’t a clog or kink in the hose. If you have never check that in years there could be a a build up of lint causing a restricted flow and overheating the dryer. Next, if you have a through wall vent, check that. Some have a hinged flapper door that will open when the dryer is running. It keeps the critters from getting inside the house. Check to make sure that the door is not stuck and freely moving. If it is stiff moving, the exhaust air might not be opening the vent enough and causing the Dryer to overheat and shut down in about 10 minutes. If there is a cage or screen over that opening it can get clogged too with lint or other stuff. That lint trap doesn’t catch all that lint or other stuff like pet hair or paper if it got washed and shredded. That kind of stuff will dry out and can find it’s way to the hose too or get stuck in a vent screen cover.

Today, for some reason, companies are putting these stupid computer chips in everything and the younger generation all seem to be super turned on by electronic crap that is not needed. Like a wireless or Bluetooth connection to either a device like an Alexia or a stupid cell phone to turn on/off appliances, to let you know when it is done, or to replace the older mechanical parts that did the job far better and lasted longer. So if you have a newer dryer or appliance, it could be any number of electronics, relays, computer chips, a connection, a corroded connection or other electronic wiz bangs that have gone bad or are going bad that are causing the problem. I’m not sure if these companies are doing this intentionally, knowing they will fail and you will be forced to by another expensive appliance or part or they think these computer chips will make things better. Another problem is that many once made in America appliances are now being made cheaply in China. American companies are now looking at the profits and have mostly lost their pride in building a good product, they just don’t care about their company name or the quality of their products as the electronic parts and labor are cheaper in China. Not that it makes the appliance any cheaper for you, it just makes more money for them. Anyway here is the link to a list of common problems and fixes: https://applianceexpresstx.com/dryer-rep...

Still another problem with these new appliances is that many are brainwashed believing in this saving the planet money making scam BS. Like with these fake expensive High Efficiency washing machines that you also need to clean with some special cleaner. They are not very efficient or save any water, if you have to wash or rinse your clothes 2 or 3 times or more to get them clean. They brake down far more than the older washers and never really get a real working persons clothes clean. These HE machines are much harder on clothing fabric too and will put holes or small tears in them so you need to buy new clothes too! Boy have these companies latched on to this big money making scam! And stupid people buy into junk science this hook, line and sinker! To those that do, you deserve to get taken to the cleaners and get your bank accounts cleaned out!"
Guest [Entry]

Same issue, dryer is 2 yrs old, stops mid cycle, doesn't matter what cycle setting. Took dryer apart and checked all thermos, limits, switches etc. Cleaned all lint out of inside vents (I could tell this step wasn't needed). Reassembled and tried with same results. Gave up called appliance repairman. Repairman came out and did everything I had already did. They he said it was the motor. He ordered it and came back and installed new motor. Didn't help (same result). He replaced both thermos, didn't help (same result). Said he had to go do some research on the problem and would be back. Probably got as much as a new dryer in parts and labor by now. Been without a dryer for 3 months now and they still do not know what it is.
Guest [Entry]

Hey, first commenter posted that long spiel. Those facts relate to Whirlpools not GEs…..GEs are a different animal with different parts and system function. Would you pull a Mercury manual to work on a Buick? GE thermal switch resets when it cools. You failed to mention that GE dryers have a thermal switch built in the motor. A door switch has no relevance to a dryer quitting while running unless the door is bent and popping open from machine harmonics and vibrations. No one needs missinformation. It is less than useful. It leads people away from solving issues and closer to giving up and trashing a machine with a small parts issue. GE has a thermal on the heat element and one buult in the motor. You either have a bad motor or a heating element issue. Bad thermals will not switch off cool and re contact so stating you need a thermal fuse when a drier is stopping and restarting after a minute is unlearned also. In that case thermal is working perfectly. Metering amperage to systems with recorded diagnostics is how you properly diagnose an overloaded alternating current circuit. Replacing parts and having same outcome warrants dryer replacement or replacement of inexperienced technician.