Senior Apprentice Appliantologist
|I've got an LG DLE2512W dryer, believed to be the Best Buy-specific model of the DLE2514W (allows Best Buy to avoid price matching anyone on this one, as no one else has the exact "model"). Lately, the dryer has exhibited a few odd symptoms.
For the last month or so, when drying on the "normal" (auto) cycle, it sometimes gets 'stuck' at 6 minutes on the countdown timer forever.
Yesterday, the dryer simply refused to dry at all. It tumbled a load for a while, then stopped. When we checked, the clothes were still quite wet. Airflow from the vent on the side of the house was excellent, as it is out the back of the dryer.
I tried it again, and after a couple of minutes, it stopped. The "Clean filter" light was blinking. Persevering, I tried again. This time, the Cotton/Towels and Normal lights on the cycle select were solid, while the one on "Delicates" blinked rapidly. Pressing the start button would cause the drum to spin momentarily, then stop. The "clean filter" light was blinking again.
OK. I pulled out the filter (which was already clean), and disassembled the little plastic housing around it, on the inside of the dryer opening. I cleaned the housing of any remnants of lint (minimal, if any). I also removed a part of the housing that had two wires going to it, connected to long metal strips. I guess this is a moisture sensor? In any event, I cleaned it up (just a bit of lint), too. I then put it all back together.
Well, the darned thing works now.
1. What IS the little thing with wires and two metal strips, exactly?
2. Do these symptoms point to a larger failure, e.g., the control panel circuitry?
Sorry to mess with this on the Lord's Day, but, just as I shouldn't muzzle the ox while it treads out the grain (Deut. 25:4, 1 Cor. 9:9), my dear wife shouldn't be stuck with wet laundry. I'll make a service call if I have to, but all of you know how it is with appliance repairmen--nearly as lazy as clergy. It's a busy week for me, so I hope my fix will keep it working.
Thanks for any input.