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Have a GE gas dryer that stops before cycle ends. I set the

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Have a GE gas dryer that stops before cycle ends. I set the timer to 80 minutes, but it stops when it gets to about 30 minutes, I replaced the timer with a new one, but still the dryer stops before completing the cycle.

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do you have the model number ?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The model is: DLSR483GG0WW

okay thanks. does this stop at exactly the same time every time ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No, it stops at different times, but it will start from where it stop if I start it again, I do this using the start knob.

Okay is there a way you can run a load with the vent hose removed from the back of the dryer ? the only thing that could cause this to stop like that is if its overheating. can you try that ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I will and I will let you know.

okay thanks.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I ran a load with the vent hose removed, a lot of hot air been vented into the room, yet the problem persists, it stops at different times but mostly after 40 o 50 minutes, I restart it immediately and it continues working, what else could it be?. Just in case, I opened the unit and found a lot of lint, I cleaned the unit and it completed the whole 80 minutes running, that was yesterday, but today I have the problem back.

So it ran a full 80 min. yesterday? After you were done cleaning the lint? The reason I had you take the vent off was to see if this was overheating because of blockage in the system, did you actually take the dryer apart and clean it all inside? It seems to me you motor is overheating whether it is the motor itself or because the dryer is not completely venting out and the inside of the dryer is getting so hot that the motor shuts down, you say you replaced the timer so we know that's not the issue. It has to be in the motor.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, I took the dryer apart, lots and lots of lint, removed all by hand and then with a vacuum. I am with you, I have been suspecting the motor is the problem, I have an spear motor, I will use it to replace the one I think is bad and see what happens.

Well there's not a lot more in there that would cause this to shut down except for the motor overheating, I suspect after running say 60 min. It's overheating now you did take care of the lint which is a real good thing and it actually did run longer. At one point so I doubt it's anything but the motor to be honest these motors have a overload in them that will kick off if the motor gets over certain temperature. I suspect that's what's happening with yours. Let me know if you can and thanks, Bryan
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I replaced the two motors: the drum and the blower, they were from a dryer that we replaced, I bowed the lint from the two motors with compressed air so they looked like new, now the dryer is working fine. The two motors that I replaced i will clean with compressed air too, I am pretty sure the lint (lots of it everywhere in the motors) was causing the motor to stop.

Sure sounds like thats the case. it good to clean these about every 3 months if you can do it. Most people cant though but since you know how its a good idea. overheating is the only thing that would cause the motor to shut down like that.
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