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 Posted: Sat Sep 12th, 2009 01:42 am
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Um, <gulp>I need help...

I admit I'm totally guilty of venting my dryer all wrong (except I had someone else come do it 5 years ago and he assured me it was all good... but it was not!!! :shock:)

So basically what happened is for a while my dryer worked fine and then it took forever to dry clothes and then it just stopped completely one day and wouldn't start. I read all I could find about the matter and came to the horrible realization that the dryer was vented in the way that it says NOT to vent it!! (i.e., I had a really long foil flexible type tube... but at least I dind't have a plastic white one!)

So of course, I was horrified and mortified and then I took the tube off the dryer and off the the venting house that leads to the outside of my house and sure enough, it was full of all kinds of lint.

So now I have sworn off my old sinful dryer venting ways (because I didn't know any better), and I have vowed to sin no more and get a new correct dryer venting system....

BUT... how do I fix my dryer because now it refuses to work! I opened up the housing and looked at the power cord and it is not burned or frayed at any point, I checked the circuit breaker and it's fine, I checked the door switch and it clicks (I know, looks and sounds aren't everything and you are supposed to check everything with a meter), but the thing that I'm really thinking is the problem I don't know how to fix... i.e., the dryer overheated or some such thing and the thermal limiter tripped or the motor died or whatever happens when you sin and your dryer thinks you're trying to kill it so it gets even.

I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to use a meter now to check the thermal limiter... except I dont' exactly know how to do that, or what other thing I should check. I'm pretty sure I FOUND the actual thermal limiter, but I didn't know if I could reset it or if I have to replace it. I was hoping someone could help me??

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GE Service Manual 31-9037 (if you need it)

seems to be a GE built by Frigidaire (can use Frigidaire parts... less expensive)

How's the Belt ?

check item # 1236 Thermal Limiter Fuse (upper right corner)





Dryer Vent

Vent should be rigid metal.

Short lengths of flexible metal may be OK, if not crimped when moving the Dryer into place.

NO plastic

NO PVC

NO screws

Foil Duct Tape is OK.

With an empty load, Timed Dry, High Heat, the vent temperature should cycle
somewhere between 135F and 160F



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Warning: Some disassembly required. See this page for more.

I've prepared this page just for you to help you make the necessary continuity test on the thermal fuse.

The hi-limit and thermal fuse are both located by the heater can, as shown here.

Now gird up thy loins and deal harshly with thine insolent dryer!



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Oh, I forgot to mention that...
the belt is fine (looks in excellent shape and is on the drum and turns the drum when I pull on it.)

Thanks on that it can use Frigidaire parts :)

Ug, I guess I didn't know where the thermal limiter was...
looking at the diagram you sent, it seems to be attached to the back of the big metal plate that fits on the back of the dryer... actually I can see the screws sticking out where the thermal limiter is!
but I've taken off every screw I can find on the big metal plate and it won't budge! any ideas on how to get that thing off?

oh wait! i see the new post with the instructions on how to take apart a dryer... OMG, why do they make it so frickin difficult just to get to that little piece! You wasn't kidding when you said to gird up my loins! dang!

ok, I'll go off and be a good grasshopper....

thanks so far!

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Any tips on how to unstring the drum?

I have new found admiration for my dryer... I don't know how it even survived because there was SOO much lint clogging it up:shock:

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That's done from the back. Remove square cover and move the idler pulley to free the belt and remove it.



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Just so I don't do it wrong...
How do I remove the idler pulley?

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P.S. Do I get brownie points for referring people to your site? I showed my one girlfriend and she was totally entertained (she doesn't even have anything to fix :))

I think this site is awesome!

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man wrote:
... move the idler pulley to free the belt and remove it.
stargirl277 wrote:
... How do I remove the idler pulley?
clarification: remove the Belt

Do you need the Service manual ?



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stargirl277 wrote:
Just so I don't do it wrong...
How do I remove the idler pulley?


You don't need to remove the pulley at all, just pull it to the right so you get some slack in the belt and can take the belt off the motor pulley.



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if you have elite screw turning skills you can replace that thermal fuse without removing the basket.

Last edited on Sun Sep 13th, 2009 01:00 pm by NCSU_laundry_tech



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WOW!!!! That is a gorgeous photo!
And the pulley was ridiculously easy to move, sorry for being such a girl. :D

I realized after I sent that post that you meant to REMOVE the belt and to MOVE the pulley.

And the other person who responded has anticipated my new problem:
removing the drum!! It seems to be attached to the back of the dryer and I can't figure out how to get it off, but I took off the top control panel thing and I can totally see and reach the thermal thing...!

Now I just have to test it...

<Grasshopper rolls up her sleeves and sets off...>

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you have to lift the rear of the drum up and out of the socket. lift from inside drum near rear



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Is the basket the same thing as the drum?

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on a Dryer, yes ...



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