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GE Dryer GTDP200EF1WS


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#1 jambatt

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:30 PM

Dryer is about three months old. Was workig fine until a few days ago when it would start but would shut down when start button was released. Customer had placed a rock on the switch so she could finish drying aload. Hold the start button and unit runs. Release the start button and unit shuts off. I'm thnking motor switch. Anyone run into this before??


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

Yes, the GE dryer motors are famous for getting lint stuck in the motor centrifugal switch.
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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:06 PM

Could be belt switch, too. Many of them are of less than firm construction and bend easily. 



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:28 PM

Could be belt switch, too. Many of them are of less than firm construction and bend easily. 

Good to know, I've never seen this happen though, although I think the motor will act like this if the belt is brocken so theoretically this is a possibility.

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:37 PM

Nope, the broken belt switch wouldn't even let the motor start.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:49 PM

Nope, the broken belt switch wouldn't even let the motor start.

Not on the newer dryers. I had my warranty guy fix one. Check the wiring diagram. The switch only stops the motor, it doesn't prevent it from starting.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:56 PM

News to me.  


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 05:10 PM

News to me.  

Me too, good to know though, thanks oly!

 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:59 PM

  Start switch bypasses the belt switch. Belt switch is not even in circuit until motor starts at which point it's circuit is completed by the motor switch. Always been that way on GE models.

 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 06:35 PM

So just to clarify then, the dryer will run when you push the start switch but if the belt switch is broken or the belt is broken then it will stop as soon as you release the start switch.

 

Correct?

 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:54 PM

So just to clarify then, the dryer will run when you push the start switch but if the belt switch is broken or the belt is broken then it will stop as soon as you release the start switch.

 

Correct?

 

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Yep.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:42 PM

It was the belt switch. Gotta luv those GE engineers. They do stuff like this to mess with us old guys. Danged young whippersnappers.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:40 PM

They must be using a cheap switch these days!  I've seen GE's 20 years old with the original switch still working fine.  Good to know, thanks for the follow up.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:34 PM

On the ones I've dealt with the switch is fine but the coat hanger wire they make the idler support out of was bent funny. 






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