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#1 victore3

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 05:37 AM

I checked the electrical coming into the dryer and it is good. (what I mean is that both hots are hot, no pun intended).

I also checked the start switch, also good.

I did not check the timer, I do not know how to do that. 

BUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENS when I activate the start switch to start the dryer.  I even tried all the settings and still nothing happens when I toggle the start switch.

the motor does not attempt to start, nothing.

MY model number is DCL 333 EA 0 WW

HELP!

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 06:27 AM

Appears to be a Friggidaire-built GE.

http://www.partselect.com/Schematics/GE/00106876i03.gif

 

Item 1236 (top right inset) is where I'd be looking first. This is a thermal limiter, you should have electrical continuity through it.

This part is replaced as part of a kit, GE part number WE25X10011, available from the link at the bottom of the page for the princely sum of $53.90. The kit includes some foam, adhesive and mounts for the limiter (Friggidaire call it a "Heater Housing/Airflow Kit"), which leads me to believe there may have been an issue with this at some point.

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 05:10 AM

I checked the 1236 component (Thermal Limiter) and it failed the Electrical Continuity.

I am going to purchase the kit, but I have a question for you.

I tested the component while it was unplugged, is this correct?

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 05:17 AM

Definitely. Check it with one or both wires removed and no power to the unit. No continuity

Looking again at the kit, it looks like they've had problems with premature failure of the cutoff, and they're trying to improve airflow in that area. Anyone used this kit before? 

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:48 AM

Never used this kit and have not heard of or encountered many of these thermal fuses going out.

I would sure like to get my hands on that instruction sheet though.......

Maybe the person fixing their dryer and buying this kit can post a scan of the instruction sheet.

Just a few spacers/screws/glue/foam strips for an extra 30 bucks is rediculous, the thermal fuse by itself only retails for like $15-$20 and those other parts could surely be impervised by a good tech without the extra $35 cost.
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 04:59 AM

Willie, if you enter the Friggidaire part number shown on the sheet, it comes up as only the foam etc. without the cutoff. Runs about $30. Like you say, ridiculous.
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Posted 05 June 2005 - 12:56 AM

Exactly, and the reason I knew that.... I tried to do some research to find the part under something besides a G.E. part# which we all know to be about 3-4x expensiver to try to save the Grasshopper some money.

But, no go on this one. I didn't want to suggest just the thermal fuse because I have no idea what kind of problem that kit solves so thought it best to leave it be.
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Posted 06 June 2005 - 04:15 AM

I will include some posts that show the instruction manual, etc.

It is slated to arrive this Tuesday (time will tell).

As a side note,  Sears was very happy to sell me the kit for 75 smackers.

I found it on the web at http://www.pcapplian.../partsearch.cgi for about 45 bucks.

side note 2: my wife dried the sheets outside, etc.   My undergarments were sure hard and scratchy.

A NEED A DRYER!!!

thanks for all the input.

Vic

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 07:41 AM

Hummmmm, you will want to give to the Beer Fund to keep the wrath of the Samurai off of your body after getting advise here and ordering the parts elsewhere???  This will not be pretty when he arrives at your house blowing smoke and fire from his nose......:poison:....hard and scratchy undergarments will be the least of your problems.............:shock:
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Posted 06 June 2005 - 07:57 AM

Actually, I also followed the linked labelled "GE Appliance Parts" at the top of this page.

I am a good grasshopper.

sorry for any confusion.

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Posted 06 June 2005 - 08:03 AM

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:05 AM

the kit was easy enough to install.

four longer screws were installed with 4 spacers (actually moving out the heating element 1/4" from the back wall, besides the thermal limiter replacement.

the "extra part", which took the longest, was the foam air duct seal.  darn old glue was harder that @#$#@ to get off.

I had four screws left over from the whole operation, after everything was put together and the dryer was working again.  So I thought, huh that is not good.  But I could not remember anything that was loose, I tested each piece I put back for stability.  Although, some screws may not be exactly back where they originally started.

Then I remembered that I just replaced the four shorter screws (since the new longer screws compensate for the extra length required by the spacers.).

so all in all, I think the Air Flow part is the 1/4" spacers and a little longer screw in the back.  I do not know how much the Thermal Limiter actually costs separtely (or if it can even be purchased by itself), but I think a quick visit to Home Depot or Lowes could have saved a few more bucks.  But then again, we pay for convenience every day, eh?

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 05:09 AM

there is a burned piece, of what looks like fabric, that existed on top of the heater assembly.

it was originally being held in place by four staples, of which, only one was still doing it's job.

Out of fear that this would also fail and the piece would fall into the heating element, I removed it.

does anyone know what its function is?

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 06:01 AM

Educated guess would be.....that's why they came up with the kit.
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Posted 09 June 2005 - 06:13 AM

So you have run across this piece in your experience?

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 07:11 AM

I have seen this small piece above the element and suspect it is a heat shield to protect the console, but I could not verify that.  It does not show in the breakdown online, looks like some after thought added on thingie, but do not know.....
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 03:43 PM

Re: GE Dryer DR4500

The Electrolux part 134120900 (thermal limiter) has very near the same specification as the WE25X10011 and can be found online for under $10.

You should likely replace the WE4X757 safety thermostat as well that goes on the metal cage that surrounds the heating element. Try Electorlux part 3204267 as an alternate for WE4X757 or order which ever you can find cheaper.

The WED4X10028 is another thermostat in play (mounts on the cage on the blower fan, down below) and it can also be a problem, but start with the others first.




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