Model #DCL333EA0WW GE Residential Dryer

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GE dryer shut off mid cycle, now won't restart

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Based on your symptom and details it sounds like the thermal limiter has failed breaking the voltage supply to the drive motor or a tripped house circuit breaker. Reset both house circuit breakers dedicated for the dryer first. If it won't start after resetting the breakers I suspect an open thermal limiter. This could happen if there is a lack of airflow through the heating element and drum. A restricted venting system can also cause the thermal limiter to fail. The thermal limiter kit is part number WE25X10011 and can be ordered from Sears PartsDirect .

The thermal limiter is located on the inner side of the rear panel next to terminal block where the power cord attaches. It can be disconnected and tested for continuity with an Ohm meter.

If you feel confident in checking the thermal limiter; the top panel will have to hinged open to access the thermal limiter. See images below. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord before hinging the top open.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 19, 2012
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James: A faulty high limit thermostat would not prevent the dryer from starting but it could cause the thermal limiter to open because of over heating.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 20, 2012
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James: If the heating element is broken and shorted to ground the heating element can remain on. If there is restriction in the airflow the thermal limiter can fail. Double check the venting system and remove the lint filter and look down into the duct for any restrictions. Shut the door and turn the timer on but do not start it after replacing the thermal limiter. It the heater comes on without the motor running, this could be caused by a broken and shorted heating element or a stuck contact in the motor centrifugal switch.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 23, 2012
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James: You can also cause the thermal limiter to fail if you run the dryer with the door OPEN. Do NOT open the door to watch the heater or it could cause the thermal to fail. If you did not check the vent outside then the restriction could be there.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 23, 2012
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James: I glad you found the problem. You are correct, your GE branded dryer is made by Frigidaire and GE parts are expensive.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
January 25, 2012
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