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My dryer is not heating

If your dryer is not heating, you've got a big problem. In fact, your entire laundering routine has probably come to an abrupt halt. How are you going to get those freshly cleaned garments dry, folded and back where they belong if your dryer won't uphold its end of the bargain?

Fortunately, you don't have to stand by while those socks, pants and shirts pile up around you. It's time to get proactive. Learn more about the possible root causes, see if there's a simple solution — and call in the qualified professionals at GE Appliances Factory Service for a quick, quality dryer repair.

But let's start at the beginning…

What happened to my dryer and what can I do about it?

Dryers are often the unsung heroes of the household appliance world. They take heavy piles of wet laundry and turn them out into warm, crisp loads day after day. But that doesn't mean your dryer is going to last forever. Just as your refrigerator may eventually develop a leak — or your dishwasher becomes clogged — everyday use will takes its toll on your GE dryer sooner or later.

So when your dryer is not heating up and you're left with countless damp garments, the question is this: what's the problem, and can it be fixed? Let's take a look at some of the most common issues that cause dryers to not heat up — and see if that means a repair or new part is in order.

Four causes of a cold dryer

  • Heating element: If your dryer does everything but heat up, there's a good chance that its heating element is the number one suspect. These nickel-and-chrome-alloy elements come in all different shapes and sizes, and heat up by resisting a controlled electric current. Unfortunately, they cannot be repaired, but they can be replaced. Refer to your model's manual to find out how — or save yourself the strain by calling in your local GE Appliances Factory Service experts.
  • Thermostat: Dryers have multiple thermostats to monitor internal temperature. When one or more of these thermostats start to malfunction, the heating element may never receive the signal to heat up. And you know what that means: cold, damp laundry. Thermostats can be tested, repaired or replaced, but it takes some electrical expertise to get the job done right.
  • Timer motor: This little device does a big job — regulating how and when power is sent to each component. When the timing is out, you may find that the heating element does not heat up at the same time the drum is spinning. That means warm-yet-still-damp laundry. Fortunately, the motor itself can usually be replaced without having to replace the entire motor assembly.
  • Incorrect voltage: Okay, this one might be a bit obvious, but it happens. Have you checked to see if your dryer has blown a circuit breaker in your home's main circuit breaker box? Bear in mind that the dryer will turn using just 110 volts, but it won't heat unless it's being fed 220 volts. Reset the circuit and see if that does the trick. If it doesn't, don't worry: we're only a phone call away.

We're ready to help

When you find your dryer is not heating and it's more than a quick DIY fix, all you have to do is call GE Appliances Factory Service or schedule an appointment online. Our trained professionals know dryers inside and out, and always travel with a full inventory of Genuine GE Appliances Parts in order to complete the job in just one visit* — and get your laundering routine back on track.

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