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My dryer keeps shutting off

If your dryer keeps shutting off, you have an especially frustrating problem. You can get most of the way through your laundry routine — and you're hoping this time you'll make it all the way to the end — but suddenly your dryer shuts off and you're left with a heavy pile of damp garments. Again.

It's a problem that could have a variety of causes; some of them simple, some of them more complicated. Whatever the underlying issue, you can count on the local professionals at GE Appliances Factory Service to step in with the prompt, reliable repair you need. We know GE dryers from the ground up, and we have the parts, tools and training to get the job done — usually on the same day.*

All you have to do is call us or schedule your service online at any time to get started. Before that, let's start by exploring some of the possible reasons why you find yourself asking, "Why does my dryer keep shutting off?!"

What's going on with your dryer?

GE dryers are robust appliances that do heavy-duty work on a daily basis. But that doesn't mean they're immune from the wear and tear that comes with everyday use. If your dryer starts but doesn't get all the way through its drying cycle, you may be able to narrow down the problem to one of these important components:

  • Drive motor: If you find that your dryer gets very hot before shutting off — and you have to leave it for a while before it will restart — you may have a drive motor that's either covered in lint or otherwise more seriously damaged. In this case, the dryer is shutting down to prevent overheating. The drive motor can either be cleaned or replaced as necessary.
  • Clogged vent line: If hot air is not venting properly, your dryer will overheat and shut down. A clogged or kinked vent line is relatively easy to remedy, but a replacement part may be needed if damage has accrued over time.
  • Thermal overload switch or fuse: If you're experiencing either of the two issues above, it's the thermal overload switch or fuse that shuts down the dryer to prevent further damage. However, this component itself can become damaged. If that's the case, it's vital to have this part inspected, repaired or replaced by a trained professional.
  • Moisture sensor: If your dryer has the ability to detect moisture and time its dry cycle accordingly, this part could be the culprit. If the sensor is defective or coated with fabric softener, the dryer may think wet clothes are dry and will shut off prematurely.

Get your laundry back on track

It's easy to take your dryer for granted, but there's no doubt that it's an important part of your smooth-running household routine. So if your dryer keeps shutting off, don't let the problem worsen: contact the GE experts for a prompt repair that will get your laundry routine going again — and find out why 74% of our customers choose GE Appliances Factory Service for fast, reliable service at an affordable price.

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