GE dryer won’t start. We’ve heard from many of our dryer users that there are few things more frustrating than an appliance that won’t start.
It’s quite aggravating when you have a daisy chain of wet laundry waiting for their turn in your dryer only to find that somehow it will not start washing or drying clothes effectively.
In situations such as this, don’t despair. We are here to help you identify the most common causes so that you can diagnose your problem easily and efficiently.
GE dryer won’t start
Why my GE dryer won’t start. If your dryer will not run or start, Make sure the dryer plug is pushed completely into the wall outlet. Check that the dryer door is closed tightly. Make sure that the cycle selection button is positioned on dry, warm and permanent press.
The power source should be checked
When your GE dryer won’t turn on, your first step is to check the power connections. Firstly, then you may want to try plugging it into a different power outlet to make sure that the issues aren’t caused by the socket itself.
Issues resulting from a loose or burned power cord will cause similar troubles. Similarly, checking the fuse in the plug is a key step that could save you a lot of time and hassle. GE dryers need 120V, but if one of them has tripped, this will cause problems as well.
Thermal fuse must be Inspected
A thermal fuse is a safety device that is built into most dryers. It is designed to blow if the dryer becomes overused. If it blows, the machine will no longer run until it’s repaired.
A multimeter test should show 0 ohms or an extremely close reading when you check the thermal fuse with it. Replacing a broken fuse will make the dryer work again.
however, this just treats the symptom of the problem rather than fixing what’s causing overheating in your dryer in the first place.
Blown thermal fuses are most often a sign of problems with your machine’s vent system. Debris and blockages are common causes of vents becoming restricted, reducing airflow, and causing overheating which may lead to blown thermal fuses.
Replacing the control board
Some dryer issues can often be very difficult to identify and solve. If the laundry unit is free from any or at least most repairs but does not run then the primary problem may lay with the control board.
This is a common issue when the unit has been overheating to a certain degree and then suddenly stops working, similar to fuses that blow when there is too much current running through a wire that has gotten hot.
Because this tends to be a more serious problem, it might actually be necessary to call in a professional in order to solve the issue.
Make sure the motor is working
If you hear a humming noise when your clothes are drying, it most likely means that the motor needs to be replaced. Test the terminals with your multimeter (on Rx1 setting) and if they don’t have consistency, test the bare metal of the motor.
If they don’t show readings of 0, then you’ll need to replace your motor. In many instances, however, the replacement is inexpensive and will save you time and money in future repairs.
Testing the drive belt
If a dryer’s drive belt breaks, it will not work properly and will emit a loud squealing sound. This can be fixed by replacing the drive belt, but you may want to check the condition of the belt switch as well because this part can also cause your GE dryer to stop working if it’s defective.
Defective Start Switch
To determine if the start switch is faulty, attempt to start the dryer. If the machine hums but does not start, the start switch is not at fault.
If you are unsuccessful in starting the machine, then there may be a problem with your start switch and it will need to be replaced. Use a multimeter to test for continuity before replacing your faulty part.
Many things could cause a timer to stop working. One of the most common faults is that it’s been installed incorrectly or it’s not compatible with your electrical system.
Before replacing the timer, test all of the other parts on your circuit board like to make sure that none of these components are faulty.
If everything else works fine and you still have no power to the timer, use a multimeter in conjunction with the wiring diagram for guidance if you need help in determining whether the timer needs repair or replacement.
Having trouble with door switch
It’s important to note the door switch is activated by a simple click when the dryer door is closed. When using your multimeter, make sure to check for continuity if you don’t hear a click when you close the dryer door. It may be necessary to replace the switch if there isn’t any continuity.
GE dryer won’t start