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 Posted: Sat Nov 15th, 2008 09:46 pm
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Every couple times I use my dryer (Kenmore/Frigidaire 417.84052500), it shuts down after a while with a "Clean Lint Filter" light lit. Seems to happen whether the lint filter is clean or not, but cleaning the lint filter never makes the message go away. Cancelling the cycle and restarting makes it work for at least a while.

In the year or so that it's done this, I haven't observed a pattern to when it complains. I have cleaned the lint chute thoroughly with absolutely no improvement.

The 4" exhaust vent is as follows: short-radius elbow, about 8 feet of corrugated aluminum, normal elbow, 1 foot straight duct thru wall to outside, plastic flappy vanes on the outside.

I checked the vent and it's fine. Ok I used those words from the FAQ on purpose. I have removed and looked inside the vent, and used a dryer vent brush; there is no significant accumulation of lint.

Error code is E9E, which is not on the Tech Data Sheet.

Is this a dryer hardware problem, a vent problem, or other?

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lint filter screen could be clogged with fabric softner resdue

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I hadn't thought of that, but I just checked and it's clean as a whistle. Can see the bare plastic screen material.

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error code says if those check ok replace control brd

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I would try a new thermister first. The only thing the computer has to read any machine performance is the thermister. It's also possible that the thermister is coated with lint, cleaning it might do the job.

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Sorry to be such a dummy, but where's the thermistor located? Note that it does seem to accurately detect the temperature, based on the functional test that displays the temp.

Also, Repairclinic can't find my dryer by model number. Is this the part? http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=1156925&PPStack=1

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4 BEEPS:   Dryer ran too long,  Lint Filter blocked,  Ventilation System clogged, Dryer overloaded.
(based on Sensed Dryness Level & Dryer Time Operation)

Remove lint; wash lint filter to remove softener sheet residue

Clean out ventilation system.Reduce load size.

 


Does it BEEP 4 times when this error occurs ?

Are the clothes still wet when the Dyer stops ?

How long a time did the Dryer run before the Error appeared (over an hour) ?

Did you wash the Lint Filter ?

Is the Dryer overloaded ?



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Does it BEEP 4 times when this error occurs ?
Are the clothes still wet when the Dryer stops ?
How long a time did the Dryer run before the Error appeared (over an hour) ?
Did you wash the Lint Filter ?
Is the Dryer overloaded ?

It just makes one long beep.
Clothes are still wet when it stops.
Definitely less than an hour. With the high washer spin sped we never need to let it run for an hour. Clean Lint Filter comes in maybe 20 minutes or less into cycle.
I did not wash the lint filter, but it is completely clean and free of residue.
It seems to happen more for my wife who tends to overload it, but it will say Clean Lint Filter even on some very light loads. (Also she uses a dryer more as it's intended--to fully dry the clothes--whereas I partially dry then hang. When I don't get the error I'm probably just opening before it gets to the error.)

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The "bars" on this Moisture Sensor senses the Dryness Level.

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You could try cleaning them, but I don't think that's the problem.
The Controller decides if the Dryer has been running too long & still wet.
Yes, it's still wet; no, it hasn't been running too long... 

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Thanks for everyone's help, but I think I'm going to let this one die. Perhaps I'll start taking a data log with specifics: how long into the cycle it stops, how wet the clothes are, how loaded it is, how linty the filter is when it stops.

Based on the input from the crowd, I don't think I'm just missing some simple fix. At this point the problem isn't worth $115 (controller board) to me, especially since the fix isn't a sure thing. Plus now that my washer is fixed (http://www.applianceguru.com/forum2/18196.html), I've put the stacked unit back in place (and in service :D) and don't have easy access to the rear.

For future reference, where is the thermister that Nick mentioned? I'll take a look at it the next time I have the unit pulled out.

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