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GE Dryer: model# DSXH43EA3WW, Starts but won't stay running.


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#1 AlexM

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

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Model number:  DSXH43EA3WW

Problem:  When we push the white button to start the dryer, the dryer starts, but does not keep working.  Sometimes it stops immediately after starting, sometimes it works for 10 seconds, sometimes as long as a minute.  If we stand next to the dryer and keep the button pressed, the dryer DOES continue to work.  We have tried taping the button down, but the tape eventually loses a bit of its stickiness and the dryer stops working.  We have checked the ducts/vents outside the house and behind the dryer.  They are clear.  The dryer does have heat.  In  fact, the dryer seems very hot (unusually hot) inside.  Even when we set it to "air fluff/no heat" the dryer seems hot inside.

 

Motor, cycling thermistat?



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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:12 AM

Bad door Switch ?
 http://www.repaircli...ber=DSXH43EA3WW

 

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:22 AM

Is there a  easy way to bipass the door switch to test?  Three wires, which ones would i connect?



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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:26 AM

Looks like Gray and Blue


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:06 AM

Does it run any longer with an empty load ?

Does holding the Door closed help it run longer ?


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

Does not stay running longer when door closed. I was just on site and ruled out door switch, thermal fuse seems good, I bipassed the cycling thermistate for a couple of minutes and it seemed to run, but I didn't want to over heat things so I really don't know if it's that. At room temp the cycling thermistat had ohms, but not across the small terminals, should it have? Duct was clear and clean, could it be the motor.?

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:00 PM

The small terminals of the thermostat are a heater to cause it to open sooner on a delicate cycle - motor is not controlled by that thermostat - if doorswitch has been ruled out, it is a bad motor or connecting wire.


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

...  Even when we set it to "air fluff/no heat" the dryer seems hot inside.

symptoms of a Heating Element that is partially shorted to chassis (ground)
http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=771276


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:05 PM

Don't overlook the timer too - maybe wiggle the shaft while running

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

I would check the centrifugal switch on the motor.....Does it slide easily???....Any build-up of lint and fuzz????....................The new G.E. motor is only  376.85  clams. :woot: ..................Or,   If yer crafty, only 115 clams  :tongue:  for a Frigidaire  motor................When you hold down the start switch , you are by passing the cent.  switch...........Some switches, you can remove a cover and check for burnt contacts...........



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:00 AM

...The new G.E. motor is only  376.85  clams. :woot: ............                                           ...Or,   If yer crafty, only 115 clams  :tongue:  for a Frigidaire  motor...

 

GE DSXH43EA3WW built by Frigidaire

 

http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=275429

 

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Frigidaire Motor $ 114

http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=407697

 

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Remove the Belt and try turning the Motor Shaft by hand.

Does it turn easily, smoothly ?

Give the Motor Shaft a twirl by hand.

Does it continue to spin at all ?


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

I would agree with ctg 51 and look at motor centrifugal switch hanging up. Clean it up real good with a vac or compressed air, (with it unplugged)shoot a little wd40 and work the slide in and out. examine the wire terminals at the motor harness.Also, try bypassing the belt switch. And, look for a grounded heat element coil.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:59 PM

A well trained ear can often hear the sound of the cetrifugal switch snapping on startup. Listen for the crispness of the switch and the amount of time it takes to drop out the start windings. Cycle the motor on and off a few times in rapid succession. Usually if the centrifugal switch iis hanging up, you can hear it. Does it growl as the motor is coming up to speed?


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:42 PM

A well trained ear can often hear the sound of the cetrifugal switch snapping on startup. Listen for the crispness of the switch and the amount of time it takes to drop out the start windings. Cycle the motor on and off a few times in rapid succession. Usually if the centrifugal switch iis hanging up, you can hear it. Does it growl as the motor is coming up to speed?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:43 PM

GE DSXH43EA3WW built by Frigidaire

 

GE Motor $ 377

http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=275429

 

Drive-Motor-WE17X10001-00675805.jpg

 

Frigidaire Motor $ 114

http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=407697

 

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How do we know to cross-reference these components?


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

No science to it - we just recognize them as clones


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

How do we know to cross-reference these components?

GE built by Frigidaire

check GE DSXH43EF0WW (same Dryer) parts manual at Frigidaire


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