GE dryer troubleshooting

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In the tables below you will find the list of common symptoms that dryers typically experience. You will also find reliable GE dryer repair advice from a technician with expert knowledge on the subject. This guide covers the most common problems with clothes dryers produced by this brand.
GE DBLR333 dryer troubleshooting
GE DS4600 dryer troubleshooting
GE GFDN100 dryer troubleshooting

GE DBLR333 dryer troubleshooting

ProblemPossible CausesWhat To Do
Dryer doesn't startDryer is unplugged• Make sure the dryer plug is pushed completely into the outlet.
Fuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped• Check the house fuse/circuit breaker box and replace fuse or reset breaker NOTE: Most electric dryers use 2 fuses/breakers.
Dryer doesn’t heatFuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped; the dryer may tumble but not heat• Check the house fuse/circuit breaker box and replace both fuses or reset both breakers. Your dryer may tumble if only one fuse is blown or one breoker tripped.
Gas service is off• Make sure gas shutoff at dryer and main shutoff are fully open.
Dryer shakes or makes noiseSome shaking/noise is normal. Dryer may be sitting unevenly• Move dryer to an even floor space, or adjust leveling legs as necessary until even.
Greasy spots on clothesImproper use of fabric softener• Follow directions on fabric softener package.
Drying dirty items with clean ones• Use your dryer to dry only clean items. Dirty items can stain clean items and the dryer.
Clothes were not completely clean• Sometimes stains which cannot be seen when the clothes are wet appear ofter drying. Use proper washing procedures before drying.
Lint on clothesLint filter is full• Clean lint screen before each load.
Improper sorting• Sort lint producers Hike chenille) from lint collectors Dike corduroy}.
Static electricity can attract lint• See suggestions in this section under STATIC.
Overloading• Separate large loads into smaller ones.
Paper, tissue, etc. left in pockets• Empty all pockets before laundering clothes.
Static occursNo fabric softener was used• Try a fabric softener.
• Bounce* Fabric Conditioner Dryer Sheets have been opproved for use in all GE Dryers when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Overdrying• Try a fabric softener.
• Adjust setting to LESS DRY or DAMP DRY
Synthetics, permanent press and blends can cause static• Try a fabric softener.
Inconsistent drying timesType of heat• Automatic drying times will vary according to the type of heat used (electric, natural or LP gas), size of load, types of fabrics, wetness of clothes and condition of exhaust ducts.
Clothes take too long to dryImproper sorting• Separate heavy items from lightweight items (generally, o well-sorted washer load is a well-sorted dryer load).
Large loads of heavy fabrics (like beach towels)• Large, heovy fabrics contain more moisture and take longer to dry. Separate large, heavy fabrics into smaller loads to speed drying time.
Controls improperly set• Match control settings to the load you are drying.
Lint filter is full• Clean lint filter before every load.
Improper or obstructed ducting• Check installation instructions for proper ducting/venting.
• Make sure ducting is clean, free of kinks and unobstructed.
• Check to see if outside woll damper operates easily.
• Check the Installation Instructions to make sure the dryer venting is correct.
Blown fuses or tripped circuit breaker• Replace fuses or reset drcuit breakers. Since most dryers use 2 fuses/breakers, make sure both are operating.
Overloading/combining loads• Do not put more than one washer load in the dryer at a time.
Underloading• If you are drying only one or two items, add a few items to ensure proper tumbling.
Clothes are wrinkledOverdrying• Select a shorter drying time.
• Remove items while they still hold a slight amount of moisture. Select a LESS DRY or DAMP DRY setting.
Letting items sit in dryer after cyde ends• Remove items when cycle ends and fold or hang immediately.
Overloading• Separate large loads into smaller ones.
Clothes shrinkSome fabrics will naturally shrink when washed. Others can be safely washed, but will shrink in the dryer• To avoid shrinkage, follow garment care labels exactly.
• Some items may be pressed back into shape after drying.
• If you are concerned about shrinkage in a particular item, do not machine wash or tumble dry it.

GE DS4600 dryer troubleshooting

OPERATIONPossible CausesWhat To Do
Control pads not responding (on some models)Controls accidentally put in service mode• Press STOP.
Dryer doesn't startControl panel is “asleep” (on some models)• Tills is normal. Press START twice to choose die last cycle you used and to start the dryer.
Dryer is unplugged• Make sure die dryer plug Ls pushed completely into the oudeL
Fuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped• Check die building’s fuse/circuit breaker box and replace fuse or reset breaker. NOTE: Electric dryers use two fuses or breakers.
Dryer doesn't heatFuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped; the dryer may tumble but not heat• Check die building’s fuse/circuit breaker box and replace both fuses or reset bodi breakers. Your dryer may nimble if only one fiise Ls blown or one breaker tripped.
Gas service is off• Make sure gas shutoff at dryer and main shutoff are fully open.
LP gas supply tank is empty or there has been a utility interruption of natural gas (gas models)• Refill or replace tank. Dryer should heat when utility' service is restored.
Dryer shakes or makes noiseSome shalang/noise is normal. Dryer may be sitting unevenly• Move dryer to an even floor space, or adjust leveling legs as necessary until even.
Inconsistent drying timesType of heat• Drying time will vary according to the type of heat used. If you recently changed from an electric to a gas (nauiral or LP) dryer, or vice versa, die drying time could be different
Type of load and drying conditions• The load size, types of fabric, wetness of clothes and die length and condition of the exhaust system will affect drying times.
No numbers displayed during cycle, only lights (on some models)Dryer is continuously monitoring the amount of moisture in die clothes• This is normal. When die dryer senses a low level of moisture in the load, die dryer will display the dry time remaining.
Est. Time Remaining jumped to a lower number (on some models)The estimated time may change when a smaller load than usual is drying• This is normal.
Clothes are still wet and dryer shut off after a short timeThe door was opened mid-cycle. The load was then removed from die dryer and a new load put in without selecting a new cycle• A dry cycle must be reselected each time a new load Ls put in.
Small load• When drying only a few items, choose TIMED DRY.
Load was already- dry except for collars and waistbands• Choose TIMED DRY to dry damp collars and waistbands. In die future, when drving a load with collars and waistbands, choose MORE DRY.
Dryer is not level• Move dryer to an even floor space or adjust leveling legs as necessary until even.
The DRY dryness level was chosen but load is still damp (on some models)Load consists of a mixture of heavy and light fabrics• When combining heavy and light fabrics in a load, choose MORE DRY.
Exhaust system is blocked• Inspect and clean exhaust system.
Cannot make a selection and the dryer beeps twice (on some models)The DRYNESS LEVEL HEAT SETTING or OPTION that you are trying to select is incompatible with the chosen dry cycle• This is normal.
Dryer is running but 00 is displayed in Est Time Remaining (on some models)The EXTEND TUMBLE opdon (on some models) was chosen• Tills is normal. During extended tumbling, the time remaining is not displayed. The extended nimbling option lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Clothes are wrinkledOverdrying• Select a shorter drying time.
• Remove items while they still hold a slight amount of moisture. Select a LESS DRY or DAMP setting.
Overloading• Separate large loads into smaller ones.
Letting items sit in dryer after cycle ends• Remove items when cycle ends and fold or hang immediately, or use the EXTEND TUMBLE option (on some models).
Clothes shrinkSome fabrics will naturally shrink when washed. Others can be safely washed, but will shrink in the dryer• To avoid shrinkage, follow garment care labels exactly.
• Some items may be pressed back into shape after drying.
• If you are concerned about shrinkage in a particular item, do not machine wash or nimble dry it.
Greasy spots on clothesImproper use of fabric softener• Follow directions on fabric softener package.
Drying dirt)' items with clean ones• Use your dryer to dry only clean items. Dirty items can stain clean items and the dryer.
Clothes were not completely clean• Sometimes stains which cannot be seen w hen the clothes are wet appear after drying. Use proper washing procedures before drying.
Lint on clothesLint filter is full• dean lint screen before each load.
Improper sorting• Sort lint producers (like chenille) from lint collectors (like corduroy).
Static electricity can attract lint• See suggestions in this section under STATIC.
Overloading• Separate large loads into smaller ones.
Paper, tissue, etc., left in pockets• Empty all pockets before laundering clothes.
Static occursNo fabric softener was used• Try a fabric softener.
• Bounce* Fabric Conditioner Dry er Sheets have been approved for use in all GE Dryers when iLsed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Overdrying• Try a fabric softener.
• Adjust setting to LESS DRY 01 DAMP.
Synthetics, permanent press and blends can cause static• Tryr a fabric softener.
Collars and waistbands still wet at end of cycleThe dryness monitor senses that the body of the clothes is dry• Choose TIMED DRY to dry damp collars and waistbands. In tire future, when drying a load with collars and waistbands, choose MORE DRY.
Clothes take too long to dryImproper sorting• Separate heavy items from lightweight items (generally, a well-sorted washer load is a well-sorted dryer load).
Large loads of heavy fabrics (like beach towels)• Large, heavy fabrics contain more moisture and take longer to dry. Separate large, heavy fabrics into smaller loads to speed drying time.
Controls improperly set• Match control settings to the load you are drying.
Lint filter is full• Clean lint filter before every' load.
Improper or obstructed ducting• Check installation instructions for proper ducting/venting.
• Make sure ducting Is clean, free of kinks and unobstructed.
• Check to see if outside wall damper operates easily.
• Check tiie Installation Instructions to make sure the dry er venting Is correct.
Blown fuses or tripped circuit breaker• Replace fuses or reset circuit breakers. Since most dry ers use 2 fiLses/breakers, make sure both are operating.
Overloading/combining loads• Do not put more than one washer load in the dry er at a time.
Underloading• If you are drying only' one or two items, add a few items to ensure proper tumbling.

GE GFDN100 dryer troubleshooting

PROBLEMPossible CausesWhat To Do
Dryer shakes or makes noiseSome shaking/noise is normal. Dryer may be sitting unevenly• Move dryer to an even floor space, or odjust leveling legs as necessary until even.
Clothes take too long to dryImproper or obstructed ducting• Check the Installation Instructions to make sure the dryer venting is correct.
• Make sure ducting is clean, free of kinks and unobstructed.
• Check to see if outside wall damper operates easily.
Improper sorting• Separate heavy items from lightweight items (generally, a well-sorted washer load is o well-sorted dryer load).
Large loads of heavy fabrics (like beach towels)• Large, heavy fabrics contain more moisture and take longer to dry. Separate large, heavy fabrics into smaller loads to speed drying time.
Controls improperly set• Match control settings to the load you are drying.
Lint filter is full• Clean lint filter before every load.
Blown fuses or tripped circuit breaker• Replace fuses or reset circuit breakers. Since most dryers use 2 fuses/breakers, make sure both are operating.
Overloading/combining loads• Do not put more than one washer lood in the dryer at a time.
Underloading• If you are drying only one or two items, add a few items to ensure proper tumbling.
The DRY dryness level was chosen but load is still dampLood consists of a mixture of heavy and light fabrics• When combining heavy and light fabrics in o load, choose MORE DRY
Exhaust system is blocked• Inspect and clean exhaust system.
Control pads not respondingControls accidentally put in service mode• Press STOP.
Controls accidentally put in lock mode• Hold the LOCK button for 3 seconds to unlock the dryer.
Controls performed an incorrect operation• Reset the in-house breaker.
Dryer doesn't startControl panel is "asleep"• This is normal Press POWER to octivate the control panel.
Dryer is unplugged• Make sure the dryer plug is pushed completely into the outlet.
Fuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped• Check the building's fuse/circuit breaker box and reploce fuse or reset breaker. NOTE: Electric dryers use two fuses or breakers.
Dryer was accidentally paused when starting Delay Start• If the light on the DELAY START pad is flashing, the dryer is paused. Press START to restart the countdown.
No numbers displayed during cycle, only lightsDryer is continuously monitoring the amount of moisture in the dothes• This is normal. When the dryer senses a low level of moisture in the load, the dryer will display the dry time remaining.
Time Remaining jumped to a lower numberThe estimated time may change when a smaller load than usual is drying• This is normal.
Cannot make a selection and the dryer beeps twiceThe DRYNESS LEVEL, TEMP or OPTION that you are trying to select is incompatible with the chosen dry cyde• This is normal.
Dryer is running but 00 is displayed in Time RemainingThe EXTEND TUMBLE option was chosen• This is normal. During extended tumbling, the time remaining is not displayed. The extended tumbling option lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Clean Lint Filter (message)POWER button was activated• Press START to begin a dry cycle and the message will disappear.
Dryer doesn't heatFuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped; the dryer may tumble but not heat• Check the building's fuse/circuit breaker box and replace both fuses or reset both breakers. Your dryer may tumble if only one fuse is blown or one breaker tripped.
Gas service is off• Make sure gos shutoff at dryer and main shutoff are fully open.
LP gas supply tank is empty or there has been a utility interruption of natural gas (gas models)• Refill or replace tank Dryer should heat when utility service is restored.
Inconsistent drying timesType of heat• Drying time will vary according to the type of heat used. If you recently changed from an electric to o gas (natural or LP) dryer, or vice versa, the drying time could be different.
Type of lood and drying conditions• The load size, types of fabric, wetness of clothes and the length and condition of the exhaust system will affect drying times.
Glow at the rear of the drumHeaters behind the drum• This is normal. Under certain drying conditions and room ambient lighting, the glow of the heaters may be visible at the rear of the drum.
Clothes are still wet and dryer shut off after a short timeThe door was opened mid-cyde. The load was then removed from the dryer and a new load put in without selecting a new cycle• A dry cycle must be reselected each time a new load is put ia
Small load• When drying 3 items or less, choose SPEED DRY or TIMED DRY
Load was already dry except for collars and waistbands• Choose SPEED DRY or TIMED DRY to dry damp collars and waistbands. In the future, when drying a load with collars and waistbands, choose MORE DRY.
Dryer is not level• Move dryer to an even floor space or odjust leveling legs as necessary until even.
Clothes are wrinkledOverdrying• Select a shorter drying time.
• Remove items while they still hold a slight amount of moisture. Select a LESS DRY or DAMP setting.
Letting items sit in dryer after cycle ends• Remove items when cycle ends and fold or hang immediately, or use the EXTEND TUMBLE option.
Clothes shrinkSome fabrics will naturally shrink when washed. Others can be safely washed, but will shrink in the dryer• To avoid shrinkage, follow garment care labels exactly.
• Some items may be pressed back into shape after drying.
• If you are concerned about shrinkage in a particular item, do not machine wash or tumble dry it.
Greasy spots on clothesImproper use of fabric softener• Follow directions on fabric softener packoge.
Drying dirty items with clean ones• Use your dryer to dry only clean items. Dirty items can stain clean items and the dryer.
Clothes were not completely dean• Sometimes stains which cannot be seen when the clothes are wet appeor after drying. Use proper washing procedures before drying.
Lint on clothesLint filter is full• Clean lint screen before each load.
Improper sorting• Sort lint producers Dike chenille) from lint collectors Hike corduroy).
Static electricity can attract lint• See suggestions in this section under STATIC.
Overloading• Separate large loads into smaller ones.
Paper, tissue, etc, left in pockets• Empty all pockets before laundering clothes.
Static occursNo fabric softener was used• Try a fabric softener.
• Bounce® Fabric Conditioner Dryer Sheets have been approved for use in all 6E Dryers when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Overdrying• Try o fabric softener.
• Adjust setting to LESS DRY or DAMP.
Synthetics, permanent press and blends can cause static• Try o fabric softener.
Collars and waistbands still wet at end of cycleThe dryness monitor senses that the body of the clothes is dry• Choose SPEED DRY or TIMED DRY to dry damp collars and waistbands. In the future, when drying a lood with collars and waistbands, choose MORE DRY.