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GE dryer turns off mid cycle

My GE gdf520pgdww dryer keeps turning off mid cycle. Air flow is fine and I just replaced the Thermostat with no luck. It still continues to shut down mid cycle. Any suggestions on what to check or replace?

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I have the same problem to my ge model DCHV680GJ2WW on all cycles except the time cycle the dryer runs to complete time set

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My GE dryer is also doing this. I replaced the gas valve coils but that didn’t help. The dryer works fine, spins, flows air, heats up, but are about 10 minutes it stops and needs to cool off to restart. Is it the motor?

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My dryer keeps shutting off, but I think it's because the door keeps jiggling loose as the dryer runs. I have to push the door in - to get it to turn on and hold it for a bit, the dryer then runs but on most loads at some point it stops again. It looks like there is a latch catcher for 2 latches, but the dryer only has 1. And where the 2nd latch catcher is on the door, there is not the same plate or screw holes for the 2nd latch on the dryer. Weird design, and this is frustrating, not sure what to do about this yet. But definitely not buying a GE again, and won't recommend GE.

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I have model Wed8540fw0 and my dryer throws PF code, I changed thermistor and made sure power cord connectors were secure, tested thermal the fuses and made sure the coils wernt grounded. It happens when we have a medium or large load of clothes in and it will run for like 5mins til hot and $@$* off, sometimes when very light load will rin like 15 mins and shut off PF code. I made sure all vents are clear and vent duties door wasn't bocked. I'm stuck.... could it be a relay on the motherboard drawing for larger current that makes it shut off? Also got a new terminal block and new power cord previously so I know those are good.

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Reference my previous answer tp this question here:

Dryer stopped in middle of a cycle..

First unplug it for 5 minutes to allow it to reset.

Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse helps to prevent a dryer fire by shutting off power to the dryer if it overheats. If the dryer won't start check this fuse first. Test the thermal fuse with an ohm meter or continuity checker. This is the most common part to fail when the dryer won't start. Once the thermal fuse has blown, it has to be replaced. It can not be reset.

Start Switch

The start switch is on the dryer control panel. Depending on the model, either press a button or turn a dial to start the dryer. If the start switch fails the dryer won't start or make any noise. Test the switch with an ohm meter or continuity checker. If the dryer hums when the start switch is activated, or if the motor runs only while activating the start switch, the motor might be defective or something might be binding the drum preventing it from turning freely. If the dryer start switch does not have continuity when it is activated, it will need to be replaced.

Door Switch

The door switch is located near the dryer door and is activated when the door is closed. If the door switch fails, the dryer won't start at all. Most door switches will make an audible click when they are activated. If the door switch makes a clicking sound when activated it is probably not defective. If it doesn't make a click, it can be checked with an ohm meter or continuity checker. The door switch is relatively easy to replace and is usually not very expensive.

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The dryer will run for about 10 minutes before shutting down. If I let the dryer sit for a few minutes im able to turn it back on. I tried running the dryer without the vent hose hooked up but still had no luck. I have also opened it up and cleaned out all of the lint build up which wasn't much only being a 2 year old dryer. I'm starting to lean towards the motor. Suggestions?

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I have the same issue however if I banged on top of the dryer it would start up again. Got tired of smashing my hand so someone here recommended a new control panel. Brought one and installed it -- still does the same thing. Bang on top and it will go back on (sometimes) I have no idea what is wrong with this thing. It seems like it happens more often when I have alot of laundry, but then again sometimes not. There is no rhyme or reason of when it happens. I understand there's a 2nd control board in it under the control board. I wonder if it's that. I wish I could find where I saw it. I really don't want to buy a new dryer I love this one

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@holly20 Holly the door switch is on top.

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Holly's dryer issue is exactly like mine. Door switch?

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My 2009 GE front loader stops 10 minutes into the dry cycle. Smacking it on the side would sometime get it to start again. Took it apart and looked at the wiring diagram and focused on the motor relay located on the top control board. Turns out when the dryer stopped running, I could put light pressure on the top of the relay and it click closed and started running again. It’s a $2 part on line. As a temporary solution I JB welded a large nut to the top of the relay housing (vice my finger) and now it works like new!

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Same issue with me. If I hit the top of the dryer it turns on again. Do you have the part number for the relay and info on where to purchase. What did you do with the JB weld?

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Thank you so much for this idea. This was my exact issue. I heard a loud snap the the cover off. I took a look at the wiring diagram and saw that the motor relay was the one to the far right (as I am looking at the front of the dryer). I simply touched it and the dryer went back on. Part number was on top of the relay. Mine was 832A-1A-F-S

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Thank you for this analysis and solution. Like you say, I could touch the faulty relay switch and make it operate. I replaced only the right-most relay switch 832A-1A-F-S-12VDC (from Mouser) (note there are 3 such relay switches on the board). This fixed the dryer for a few dollars and a bit of soldering. It has been working for 1.5 months now. Brilliant.

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I have the same issue and part #. I ordered the part but I can’t seem to remove the old one...any tips on doing this?

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Same issue. How do you get the old relay off the control board? Seems like it is stuck on there and will break control board if you pull to hard.

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I know I’m late to this as my sister has a GE Dryer that shuts off at about 10 minutes. I will link an article I found for future reference at the bottom. But in short, there are several problems that can cause this issue in GE Dryers. The list of problems might not cover everything and there could be more things causing the problems. One thing I will add is to first check the exhaust hose to make sure there isn’t a clog or kink in the hose. If you have never check that in years there could be a a build up of lint causing a restricted flow and overheating the dryer. Next, if you have a through wall vent, check that. Some have a hinged flapper door that will open when the dryer is running. It keeps the critters from getting inside the house. Check to make sure that the door is not stuck and freely moving. Also make sure there are no plants that are blocking the door from opening. If it is stiff moving, the exhaust air might not be opening the vent enough and causing the Dryer to overheat and shut down in about 10 minutes. If there is a cage or screen over that opening it can get clogged too with lint or other stuff. If it is a stiff or stuck moving flapper door, some light oil might get it moving freely. But that is a temporary fix and that should be replaced. That lint trap doesn’t catch all that lint or other stuff like pet hair or paper if it got washed and shredded. That kind of stuff will dry out and can find it’s way to the hose too or get stuck in a vent screen cover.

Today, for some reason, companies are putting these stupid computer chips in everything and the younger generation all seem to be super turned on by electronic crap that is not needed. Like a wireless or Bluetooth connection to either a device like an Alexia or a stupid cell phone to turn on/off appliances, to let you know when it is done, or to replace the older mechanical parts that did the job far better and lasted longer. So if you have a newer dryer or appliance, it could be any number of electronics, relays, computer chips, a connection, a corroded connection or other electronic wiz bangs that have gone bad or are going bad that are causing the problem. I’m not sure if these companies are doing this intentionally, knowing they will fail and you will be forced to by another expensive appliance or part or they think these computer chips will make things better. Another problem is that many once made in America appliances are now being made cheaply in China. American companies are now looking at the profits and have mostly lost their pride in building a good product, they just don’t care about their company name or the quality of their products as the electronic parts and labor are cheaper in China. Not that it makes the appliance any cheaper for you, it just makes more money for them. Anyway here is the link to a list of common problems and fixes: https://applianceexpresstx.com/dryer-rep...

Still another problem with these new appliances is that many are brainwashed believing in this saving the planet money making scam BS. Like with these fake expensive High Efficiency washing machines that you also need to clean with some special cleaner. They are not very efficient or save any water, if you have to wash or rinse your clothes 2 or 3 times or more to get them clean. They brake down far more than the older washers and never really get a real working persons clothes clean. These HE machines are much harder on clothing fabric too and will put holes or small tears in them so you need to buy new clothes too! Boy have these companies latched on to this big money making scam! And stupid people buy into junk science this hook, line and sinker! To those that do, you deserve to get taken to the cleaners and get your bank accounts cleaned out!

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None of this was helpful, you sound like a grumpy old person that hates change.

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I think you spelled it all out perfectly and thank you for the link it was very helpful.

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That sums up the appliance industry here and now ,Unfortunately .

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Really just a rant about “kids these days.” But there are some helpful posts in the thread. Loosen up, friend. Eat a bran muffin.

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So I was having a similar issue. Dryer would turn on but then shut off mid cycle. Brand new dryer.

With door open, I pushed the door switch all the way in and pushed the start button it comes on every time.

I realized that the door hinges were slightly bent out (display model, the door must’ve been opened too wide too often and slightly bent the hinges).

With door open, I inserted a flat head screw driver in between the hinge and where it attaches to the door, then slowly closed it enough to bend the hinges back. Works fine now.

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Hey, first commenter posted that long spiel. Those facts relate to Whirlpools not GEs…..GEs are a different animal with different parts and system function. Would you pull a Mercury manual to work on a Buick? GE thermal switch resets when it cools. You failed to mention that GE dryers have a thermal switch built in the motor. A door switch has no relevance to a dryer quitting while running unless the door is bent and popping open from machine harmonics and vibrations. No one needs missinformation. It is less than useful. It leads people away from solving issues and closer to giving up and trashing a machine with a small parts issue. GE has a thermal on the heat element and one buult in the motor. You either have a bad motor or a heating element issue. Bad thermals will not switch off cool and re contact so stating you need a thermal fuse when a drier is stopping and restarting after a minute is unlearned also. In that case thermal is working perfectly. Metering amperage to systems with recorded diagnostics is how you properly diagnose an overloaded alternating current circuit. Replacing parts and having same outcome warrants dryer replacement or replacement of inexperienced technician.

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I have the same problem with my new GE sensor dry dryer. It turns on and runs awhile and then will stop for a few minutes and mine restarts back up. Might do it 3-4 times during a drying cycle. The only cycle it seems not to do it on is the timed cycle.

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Mine does this after a few loads. I had the repair person out told me the dryer gets too hot so it shuts off. I have to wait 15 min then start it back up. Cheap and a pain.

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Same issue, dryer is 2 yrs old, stops mid cycle, doesn't matter what cycle setting. Took dryer apart and checked all thermos, limits, switches etc. Cleaned all lint out of inside vents (I could tell this step wasn't needed). Reassembled and tried with same results. Gave up called appliance repairman. Repairman came out and did everything I had already did. They he said it was the motor. He ordered it and came back and installed new motor. Didn't help (same result). He replaced both thermos, didn't help (same result). Said he had to go do some research on the problem and would be back. Probably got as much as a new dryer in parts and labor by now. Been without a dryer for 3 months now and they still do not know what it is.

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Hey buy a home warranty and then file a claim shouldn’t cost you much more than $80 dollars if that much depends on your deductible and monthly cost good luck

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My GE stackable dryer shuts off mid cycle randomly has anyone figured out the solution. Yes I read the posts but the last one is saying this is not GE fix. Where is the fuse ? Is there one. I unplugged dryer for 5 minutes to reset but still shuts off. Why isn't there a recall on the Washer/Dryer ?? Has anyone checked into that ? I plan to call GE. I need my dryer working.

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Don't buy GE appliances!

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Let me make this simple for everyone. You need a new motor. It’s the only thing that allows the machine to start up again after a “cooling period”. It’s the sign of a thermal overload which means the motor has taken “damage”. GE dryers are a simple design.

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I can tell you it is not the motor. I have put 3 new ones in and does some thing after 10 min

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I have the same problem on GE dryer. I replaced all thermistors, thermal fuse cutt-off, timer, motor and humidity control board. Nothing else could be replaced. All these measures didn't solve the problem. It is still a big puzzle for me

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Mine does the same, after restarting a few times it seems to help. But it's an inconvenience to have to do that.

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Ok did anyone get resolve with this issue?

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Not sure if this can help but here is a video where a dude is showin the relay that is not working

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS4pv0b2...

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