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GE Electric Dryer: HELP Where do all these wires go?

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Help! I got a free dryer, about 4 years old, with a burned-out heating element. I have restrung the element, and need to put it back together. There are two control devices on the top-left of the element pan, facing it from the front with the drum out; they look like temperature devices; the left one has two terminals, the right one has four. Which wires go where? I think I have all the others right.

Thanks a bunch.

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Post your wiring diagram and we can probably talk you through it.

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OK Here is what I have. I think I see the part I am having trouble with: there are four terminals and the diagram does not show me which wire goes on which terminal.

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The part labled "Control Inlet" near the bottom center is the part in question, I think. I have the wires on all the other terminals.

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List the wire colors you have that need to be connected. And post the pictoral diagram that's on that tech sheet.

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Hi, I don't have anything else; I found this wiring diagram on this web site.

the wires are blue and white: the white wire splits and has two terminals; there are two blue (identical color) wires, one of which splits and has two terminals. there are 4 spade lugs on the control device on the pan. It's bound to be some sort of temperature sensing device.

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the control device you refer to which has 4 spade terminals is a control thermostat disc which also contains a small heater-the heater is activated when you select a cooler dry temperature and warms up the thermostat to "fool"it into opening sooner than it normally would. if you take an ohmeter and measure across the 4 terminals this is what you will find(assuming the thermostat is operative); 2 of the terminals will show almost zero resistance,the other 2 will show a high resistance(i think it was 9 kohms)so make sure you have the ohmeter on the highest scale. the one that has no resistance is the thermostat,so it gets one of the double blue wires on one side,and the white on the other. the other spades which show high resistance get the 2 remaining blue wires(the single blue on one side,and the other that also joins the one to the thermostat,on the other).hope this helps................................... :? ....................................

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Thanks; I think this will work. hope the Fluke has good batteries...

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Hi, I got the Fluke meter out; it worked out exactly as you said. I put the wires on, got it together. I plugged it in and turned it on, and it came on fine and heated. I put a load of clothes in, and started it; it tried to start for a split second and the breaker tripped. Uh-oh...

I reset the breaker, turned the heat to "fluff" (i.e. no heat) and tried it; it came on and ran perfectly. Then I tried the lowest heat setting; worked perfectly, and heated about right. I dried the load on the second heat setting and it worked fine, completely as expected. When I get this load dried, I will try it on high heat again.

There's the "finished" buzzer now. More later. Thanks for the great help!

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