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#1 jolynn1076

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:00 PM

Hope you can help.PLEASE!!!!!! We got a Ge dryer #DPSR473EWOWW  yesterday from someone and when we set the timer at any setting the buzzer goes off and stays running. The drum turns inside and it gets hot but the buzzer is annoying. Yesterday while testing the dryer to see if it worked my husband tested all settings of the timer and then eventually the dryer quit running all together. Today we tryed to see if it would start and it did but there was that buzzer again. Any advise??:( 

                                                           With wet clothes,Jodi


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Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:44 PM

Hummm, this is odd, the end of cycle buzzer gets its power thru the motor switch when the motor is shutting down.  The motor stopping is another puzzle.   Unless some one has a better idea sounds like you have a bad motor or motor switch.  Unless your push to start is also the buzzer contacts, if it is could be a bad start switch that has welded together internally and this could cause both problems. We have seen this in the whirlpool dryers that the push to start is also the end of cycle buzzer.
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 04:56 PM

I looked on the diagram of a GE dryer and it has a seperate "plug in" buzzer. If we would take the buzzer out of the machine completely would that make a differance in the performance of the dryer?

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 05:20 PM

No, just unplug the dryer, remove the wires from the buzzer and tape them off so they do not touch anything.
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:35 PM

should the buzzer be replaced or does it really make a differance? The thing I still don't understand is that if you let it go several times the whole dryer quits working and I need to know where to start.Thanks:?

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:53 PM

The buzzer can be out of the system like Pegi said just use electical tape and tape each wire up seperate from each other so they do not touch each other or anything else.

Now when the entire unit shuts off can you start it back up? does it come back on after a brief period of being off?

If yes to that then it does sound as if the motor is over heating and the thermal protector built on the motor is saying "I'm to hot, shut me off". Then after just sitting at room temp for a while the motor will cool off and allow it to run again till it over heats again, etc, etc.

One thing to try maybe to remove the belt from the motor shaft and let it just hang out of the way there. Then start the dryer and let the motor run with no load on it. See if there is a difference?
Also when you have the belt off the motor open the door and turn the drum grabbing one of the paddles in there. Does the drum spin freely or is that binding up?
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 08:01 PM

Well, I have to check back tomorrow because it is being stored at my neighbors till it is fixed. But when I find out I will let you know, thanks so much

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 08:12 PM

Very Welcome...Good Night.
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:33 AM

This motor will be dead with the belt removed as this dryer has the broken belt switch which kills power to the motor if the belt breaks.  You will have to un-trip this switch under the idler arm to give power to the motor, either use something to pull the idler arm off of this switch or jumper the 2 wires to this switch and tape them carefully  temporarily to test the motor.  Be sure to re-attach these wires when you re-assemble the dryer as this is a critical safety device, as your dryer could catch fire if the belt breaks and the motor keeps running and the heating element would stay on with no air flow and there goes the dryer up in flames, along with your house.
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:45 AM

Good call Pegi. :)
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:50 AM

Thanks GLC, just trying to stay on top of things....They would wonder why the thing was dead..;)
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