GE Dryer Takes Too Long | How To Reset GE Washer | Why Won’t My GE Washer Drain and Spin?

GE Dryer Takes Too Long | How To Reset GE Washer | Why Won’t My GE Washer Drain and Spin?

GE Dryer Takes Too Long | GE Washing Machine Troubleshooting

GE Washing Machine Troubleshooting

We know that every GE appliance is made to run efficiently and as long as it is not old and it is not malfunctioning, there is no reason why your dryer would take any longer than the average dryer. In the event that your GE dryer is taking longer than necessary to dry clothing, these could be the problem;

Heating Element Assembly

As the air passes over the heating element assembly, it is warmed. The dryer may not heat if the heating element is burnt out or if any other component of the assembly is malfunctioning.

If the dryer does not heat properly, it will take an extended period of time to dry the garments.

To verify if the heating element is faulty, conduct a continuity test with a multimeter. If the heating element does not maintain continuity, it should be replaced.

Blower Wheel

The blower wheel and drive motor work in tandem to draw air into the drying drum. Lint clumps socks, and other small items of clothing can pass through the lint filter and become trapped in the blower wheel.

Additionally, the blower wheel sleeve may deteriorate over time, causing the blower wheel to wobble on the motor shaft. If the blower wheel is clogged or malfunctioning, drying clothes may take an excessive amount of time.

Remove the dryer vent and check the strength of the air flow to verify if the blower wheel is functioning properly. If the airflow is insufficient, look for obstructions in the blower wheel.

If there are no impediments, attempt manually spinning the blower wheel. If the blower wheel wobbles as it spins, it should be replaced.

Air Flow Problem

If the blower wheel is functioning properly, yet drying cycles are taking longer than normal, there may be an issue with the air flow within the dryer.

The air flow in your dryer can be significantly reduced by fabric softener sheets. The softener builds up on the blower wheel and can restrict airflow throughout drying cycles. If you use dryer sheets in your dryer, opt for balls or liquid sheets.

Another cause of a restricted air flow is clogged lint traps. Lint can build up in the lint trap filter and restrict airflow into the dryer.

Additionally, lint can build up in the dryer’s ducting leading to a restricted air flow. Check that all your ducting is clear of lint and free of bends to ensure that air can flow freely through your dryer.

Lint Filter

The lint filter may be clogged if you are experiencing longer than normal drying cycles due to excessive heat within your dryer.

There are two lint filters located in the back of your dryer that are responsible for trapping lint from the tumbling clothes. The two filters are located in separate hinged doors.

If you notice a buildup of lint on one of the filter’s hinges, it could be that the filter is not opening all the way during drying cycles, causing a restricted airflow within your dryer.

Moisture Sensor

GE dryers are equipped with a moisture sensor located in the back of the dryer. This sensor monitors the humidity within your dryer. Moisture in your clothes can cause items to shrink, which can cause longer drying cycles.

If you find that your GE dryer is taking longer than normal to dry, reduce the temperature setting to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and check for any lint build up or obstructions in the tumbler or other areas.

If the problem still persists, it is recommended to replace the moisture sensor.

High Limit Thermostat

The high-limit thermostat monitors the dryer’s temperature and automatically turns off the burner if it becomes too hot.

If the high-limit thermostat fails, the burner may be turned off even if the dryer is not overheating. This is rarely the case, however.

Before replacing the high limit thermostat, perform a visual inspection of all usually problematic components.

Once you’ve established that all of the other components are functioning properly, check the thermostat for continuity using a multimeter. Replace the thermostat if it does not have continuity.

Gas Valve Solenoid

Gas dryers have two or more solenoid coils for the gas valve. The solenoids on the gas valve open the valve, allowing gas to flow into the burner assembly.

Occasionally, a solenoid will fail several minutes into the drying cycle, resulting in the dryer taking an excessive amount of time to dry the clothing.

Check the igniter to discover if one or more of the gas valve solenoids has failed. If the igniter glows and then goes out without lighting the gas, the gas valve solenoid is faulty.

If one or more gas valve coils are damaged, we recommend replacing them all together.

Heating Element

Before the air enters the dryer drum, the heating element heats it. The dryer may not heat if the heating element is burnt out or if any other component of the assembly is malfunctioning.

To verify if the heating element is faulty, conduct a continuity test with a multimeter. Replace the heating element if it does not have continuity.

How Long Does A GE Dryer Take to Dry?

Generally, it should take between 30 and 45 minutes for a gas or electric dryer to dry a full load of clothes. Dense materials, such as a duvet or a stack of heavy bath towels, may take up to an hour to dry.

If your dryer is taking a lot of time to dry your laundry, it’s critical to diagnose the problem rather than ignore it.

How To Reset GE Washer

If the wash cycle is interrupted or paused while the washer is in use, the electronic controls may lock up. A delay or interruption in the wash cycle can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • A power outage.
  • When a new washer was being constructed at the factory, it was left in test mode.
  • The washer was turned off before to the completion of the cycle.
  • The stop/pause button was pressed to temporarily stop the cycle and was not reset. In this case, the washer will pump out and spin after 24 hours but the controls may stay stuck in the final spin portion of the cycle.

To reset your washer’s electronic controls, turn off the circuit breaker or fuse or unplug the washer for two minutes.

Turn the timer control knob around and back to any position other than final spin for the interrupted cycle for models with a timer control knob.

After that, restore electricity. When power is restored to models with an electronic control knob or electronic control panel, the wash cycle must be selected and started again.

This should take care of the problem. If the aforementioned recommendation does not resolve the issue, service will be necessary.

How Do I Reset My GE Front Load Washer?

To rectify the condition, turn off the circuit breaker or unplug the washer for 30 seconds, then rotate the timer knob to any position other than final spin. Ascertain that the water is switched on and the power is restored. This should take care of the problem.

Why Won’t My GE Washer Drain and Spin?

If your top-load washer is not draining properly, the following items can be checked to attempt to resolve the issue:

Sound of water sloshing:

If there is no visible water in the basket but you hear a “sloshing water” sound, it is most likely the washer’s balance ring generating the noise.

The balance ring is a plastic container that is half filled with a saltwater (brine) solution and is linked to the inner clothing basket.

It enables the basket to spin freely in an unbalanced state. This is a perfectly natural sound.


Wait a few minutes if your washing is not draining. It is usual for many models to have pauses between cycles of up to three minutes.

If your control panel has a manual dial for selecting the wash cycle, do not manually advance the dial/timer if it is pausing after agitation. If you manually advance the dial, you risk missing the cycle’s pump-out phase.

The lid is raised:

Ensure that the washing lid is closed if the washer is a 1994 or older model. Due to the fact that the washer spins and drains simultaneously, the lid must be closed in order for it to perform.

Drain hose or plumbing:

Inspect the drain hose for kinks or obstructions.

Ascertain that the washer is not attempting to drain more than 8 feet above the floor.

The highest height to which most GE Appliances full-size washers can pump is 8 feet from the floor; the maximum height to which a compact or portable washer can pump is 5 feet. Consult your User Guide for additional information on the drain height.

The drain hose is connected to a standpipe, drain, or other type of domestic plumbing. Remove the drain hose and fill the standpipe or drain with a quart of water.

If the water does not drain, it is recommended that you contact a plumber.

The RINSE light is flashing or the display reads “Po” (2015 and subsequent models):

This typically means that the washer takes an excessive amount of time to drain the water. There could be a blockage.

To restart the cycle, either press Start or select Drain & Spin and press Start. If the washer drains normally, the clog has most likely been eliminated.

If water lingers in the washer, inspect the drain hose for pinched or flattened sections. You may even need to turn off the washer and unhook the drain line from the back of the machine and the plumbing to determine if the drain hose is clogged.

If a blockage is cleared, either hit START to restart the cycle or select Drain & Spin and press Start.

If the water drains normally, the obstruction has been cleared. Service will be necessary if difficulties persist.


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