If your GE dryer is not starting, follow these seven troubleshooting steps to help you isolate the problem, find the faulty part and get the dryer running again.

WARNING – If you are attempting to repair any dryer yourself, be aware that you are working with potentially dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious bodily injury or death.  Always remove the electrical power source from the appliance before you ever begin working on it.  If you are attempting to repair any household gas appliances yourself, always be sure to turn off the gas that is designated to the appliance before you ever begin to repair it.  Be aware that clothes dryers have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious bodily injury or death.  Be aware that there are many other dangers and precautions involved in dryer repair besides those listed above.  We strongly suggest that you please read our DISCLAIMER before any further actions are taken or proceeding any further.  Always think safety first!

GE Electric Dryer

Won’t Start

  1. Breaker – You will need to find your breaker box and locate the breaker that is dedicated for your electric dryer.  Flip the breaker off and on a few times, even if the breaker looks like it is already in the on position.  Now go and try to start your dryer again.  If the breaker was not the problem, you will need to examine or test the parts listed below, to isolate which part is the problem.
  2. Safety Warning – Make sure to disconnect the electricity that is designated to your clothes dryer before you ever begin to examine, troubleshoot, remove or replace any of the parts on a dryer.
  3. Thermal Fuse – The dryer thermal fuse is also known as the thermal cutoff fuse and the temperature fuse.  The fuse is used as a safety mechanism, cutting off electricity to the dryer motor and the heating element to keep the clothes dryer from getting too hot, once this fuse has blown it cannot be reused. If your fuse has blown, you will need to check for blockage or lint build up in the clothes dryer vent hose and ventilation system, before installing a new thermal fuse, only to have it blow again.
  4. Door Switch – If the door switch is defective the dryer won’t start.  Visually inspect the door switch to make sure that it is not broken in any way, test the switch to make sure that it has continuity using a multimeter.  If the lid switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the lid switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced with a new one.
  5. Start Switch – The start switch is located on the front console of your clothes dryer.  If your dryer won’t start, the switch will need to be tested to see if it has continuity using a multimeter, if the start switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced.
  6. Drive Belt – Some dryer models are equipped with a belt switch, if the belt is broken it will prevent the switch from operating, preventing the clothes dryers drum from turning.
  7. Drive Motor – Inspect the drive motor, the most common symptoms of a bad drive motor are, the motor is loud, the motor hums, won’t turn freely or it is seized up, if so, the motor is bad and will need to be replaced.  The motor should run quiet and turn smooth and freely.

GE Gas Dryer

Won’t Start

  1. Breaker – You will need to find your breaker box and locate the breaker that is dedicated for your gas dryer.  Now flip the breaker off and on even if the breaker looks like it is already on.  Now go and try to start your dryer again, if the dryer still does not start up, you will need to troubleshoot and examine the parts list below to find the culprit.
  2. Safety Reminder – Make sure to disconnect the electricity that is designated to your dryer before you ever begin to examine, troubleshoot, remove or replace any of the parts on a dryer.  Be sure and turn the gas off before removing or replacing any of the gas related parts on a clothes dryer.
  3. Thermal Fuse – The dryer thermal fuse is also known as the thermal cutoff fuse and the temperature fuse.  The fuse is used as a safety mechanism, cutting off electricity to the dryer’s motor and the heating element to keep the clothes dryer from getting too hot.  Note – Once this fuse has blown it cannot be reused. If your fuse has blown, you will need to check for blockage or lint build up in the clothes dryer vent hose or ventilation system, before installing a new thermal fuse, only to have it blow again.
  4. Door Switch – If the door switch is bad the dryer will not start.  You will need to visually inspect the dryer door switch to make sure that it is not broken, test the switch to make sure that it has continuity using a multimeter.  If the test shows that the lid switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the test shows the lid switch does not have continuity, the part is bad, and it will need to be replaced with a new one.
  5. Start Switch – The start switch is located on the front console of your clothes dryer.  If your dryer won’t start, the switch will need to be tested to see if it has continuity using a multimeter.  If the start switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced.
  6. Drive Belt – Some dryer models are equipped with a belt switch.  If the dryer belt is broken it will prevent the switch from operating and prevent the clothes dryers drum from turning.
  7. Drive Motor – Inspect the drive motor.  Is the motor loud, does the motor hum and not turn freely or is it froze up, if so, the motor is bad and will need to be replaced.  The motor should run quiet and turn smooth and freely.
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