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How To Fix A Dryer That Shuts Off Too Soon

A dryer that shuts off too soon on auto dry can be frustrating and repairing it through a serviceman can be expensive. Even for someone who may not consider themselves handy, repairing a dryer is not a difficult process. Below we've provided you with a list of the most common parts that fix a dryer that shuts off too soon on auto dry. Use this information to help troubleshoot which part is broken, and then enter your model number in the search box to find the right part for you, along with tons of helpful information like our step by step installation videos and instructions.

Moisture Sensor

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    Newer models of dryers may use a moisture sensor to control the timer from advancing when the automatic drying cycle is selected. The sensor circuit consists of an electronic control in the console and sensors that are typically located on the front bulkhead of the dryer. When sensor dry is selected the wet clothes in the dryer come in direct contact with the sensors and complete an electrical circuit. This circuit causes the control board’s capacitor to discharge and that prevents the timer motor from advancing. When clothes are nearly dry they fail to complete this circuit and the timer begins to run until the end of the cycle. If these sensors are defective or become coated with fabric softener, then the dryer will shut off before the clothes can dry.

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      We've identified the most common parts that can cause a dryer to shut off too soon on auto dry, but there are other parts that could be at fault. If you are unable to fix your dryer with the information above, enter your model number into the search box for additional repair help. Searching with your model number will give you access to all parts and schematics, symptoms for your specific dryer as well as all installation instructions and videos.