What to look for if your dryer stops mid cycle

10453687_sA dryer that shuts off mid cycle can be frustrating. Here’s what to look for before calling a service man or trying to fix it yourself.

You may need to replace your support roller.

The support roller provides support for the drum and allows the drum to turn smoothly.

You may need to replace your sensor

Some dryer models use a moisture sensor to manage the timer when the automatic drying cycle is selected. The sensor circuit has an electronic control in the console which is located on the front bulkhead. The wet clothes in the dryer come in contact when the sensor dry is selected. If your garment are still wet that might mean that these sensors are defective which will shut the dryer off before the clothes in the dryer are fully dried.

You may need to replace your motor plate.

The motor plate holds the motor in place during the drying cycle.

You may need to replace your circuit breaker

A circuit breaker is the automatic device that stops the flow of current in an electric circuit. This can eventually go bad because it might tip at a lower amp draw. This can tip the fuse during the heating cycle which causes your dryer to shut off. In order to stop this you would have to reset the breaker. If you want your dryer to not shut off randomly it would be a good idea to replace your breaker.

You may need to replace your thermal fuse

A thermal fuse is a relatively small device designed to intercept electrical current flow. The thermal fuse reacts to excessive temperatures so when it gets to hot it will cut the power to the motor which will turn the dryer off. The thermal fuse is designed to prevent fires and cannot be reset after it cuts of so after that happens you will have to replace it.

You may need to replace your push to start or start switch.

The push-to-start switch completes an electrical circuit to start the drive motor and begin the drying cycle.

You may need to replace your bad motor

A dryer that shuts off mid cycle can mean that you have a defective motor. A defective motor typically means that it will run a lot hotter than usual and will cause it to overload. When the motor becomes too hot it will typically shut off to cool down which would cause your dryer to shut off.

You may need to replace your drum bearing 

The drum bearing allows easy rotation of the drum during the drying cycle

You may need to replace your blower wheel

The fan that allows air circulation through the dryer and out the venting in the rear is called the blower wheel. Coins and other small objects that are sometimes left in clothing can get stuck into the blower housing. This will cause the blower fan to not rotate and will prevent the motor from turning.

You may need to replace your lint filter or lint screen.

The lint filter and lint screen trap lint and debris from the exhaust air flowing from the dryer.

 

 


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