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Author Topic: GE Wall Mount dryer - Belt Switch  (Read 272 times)

Offline Robin Winter

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GE Wall Mount dryer - Belt Switch
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:50:59 PM »

Hi there, I was just wondering if anyone can answer a question.  Is it safe to bypass a belt switch?  I know the older versions of this model never had them, and some models now don't use them, so I thought it would be worth asking.

Offline Thorning

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Re: GE Wall Mount dryer - Belt Switch
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 08:42:18 AM »
There is some risk but most of the older dryers such as Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore did not have this feature
. I have also bypassed a few of these switches so it does not pose much risk in my estimation.

Offline Robin Winter

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Re: GE Wall Mount dryer - Belt Switch
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 08:51:32 AM »
Thanks for replying.  In this case the switch is fine, but it was mounted in such a way that the pulley bar won't make contact, I thought it would be easier to bypass it than try and redrill the holes with the motor in the way.

Offline haroldsappliance

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Re: GE Wall Mount dryer - Belt Switch
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2019, 06:59:36 AM »
I would never bypass a safety component as it would be  a liability issue. If I did I wouldn't tell anybody.

Offline manden

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Re: GE Wall Mount dryer - Belt Switch
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 11:15:37 AM »
If the unit ever ran in the past then the switch location must be OK.

Double check that you have the belt looping through the idler assembly correctly.
I cannot find a decent diagram on how it should be.

You should be able to figure it out.
Without the belt on, move the idler so it closes the switch.
Then loop the belt over the motor pulley so the idler wheel can ride on the back of the belt and tension it.