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PartSelect Number PS1766014
Manufacturer Part Number WE4M398
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

Inlet Control Thermostat Specifications

This part is located on the housing for the heating element.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Not Heating
This part works with the following products:
Dryer.
This part works with the following products:
General Electric.
Part# WE4M398 replaces these:
AP4309184, 1475625, WE4M333
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No heat
So repair went well but now I have a dryer with new parts still blowing cold air
But I fixed my problem and bought a new dryer
Other Parts Used:
HIGH LIMIT THERMOSTAT Inlet Control Thermostat
  • Kent from COVINGTON, WA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Socket set
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Dryer would run, but no heat.
This is more a word of caution than instructions. The inlet control thermostat should be around 100 k ohms at room temp not 10 k ohms as I was quoted. I ordered one and after receiving it found out the "faulty" one and the new one were only 2 ohms difference.

The center outlet thermistor should also be around 120 k ohms at room temp. The faulty one was reading about 145 k ohms. It does heat now, and hopefully after replacing the elements it will be right again.

The drum bearing slides made a huge improvement!!

For the first time trying to repair an appliance I'd say the whole thing went fairly well, but with my mechanical and electronics backgrounds I did have an advantage. The hardest part was figuring out how to get the thing apart to get inside in the first place.
Other Parts Used:
Light Bulb Drum Bearing Slide - Green (Sold individually) Inlet Control Thermostat THERMISTOR Drum Bearing Slide - White (Sold individually)
  • Jason from JERRY CITY, OH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Bob Walters
January 8, 2018
Hi again i have a question about the inlet control thermistor on the blower does it have to have continuity also
For model number DPSE810EG6WT
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Hi Bob, Thank you for your question. The inlet control thermistor should show continuity. When using a multimeter, you should see a reading of 120k ohms at room temperature and it should not have a closed or open circuit. If it does, it is not working correctly and it will need to be replaced. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Dennis
December 30, 2017
Where is the thermostat located in this model? I need to replace it.
For model number DBVH512GF1WW
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Hello Dennis. Thanks for your question. This part is located on the housing for the heating element. You will need to remove the rear panel after unplugging the dryer. Remove the small panel and take off the large back panel. Remove the wires to access the thermostat. I hope this helps.

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Bernardo
April 7, 2018
Dryer does not start but drum lamp is ok and changes in the control switches can be seen in the display screen, including the start/stop is giving the on/off commands. I have checked all switches and thermostats, finding the inlet control thermistor and the outlet control backup are open. Is this the normal condition or they are supposed to be close? What could be the correct ohm readings if so? Please advise for any other things to check and thanks in advance.
For model number DPSE810EG0WT
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Hello Bernardo, Thank you for your inquiry. The ohm readings for the thermostats should be close to 0 ohms when tested at room temperature. The other parts should have a reading of 0 or infinity at room temperature. For the inlet control thermistor, the resistance reading should be around 100K ohms at room temperature and decrease with temperature rise. The thermostats are normally closed and then open on temperature rise, then close again once they've reached their limit. We also would recommend testing the drive motor, heating element, the center outlet thermistor, the interlock switch for the belt, the belt, and the control board. We have included links to our articles on how to test the thermostats, and door switch. Hope this helps! https://www.partselect.com/Dryer+test-thermostat+repair.htm https://www.partselect.com/Dryer+test-door-switch+repair.htm

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Roxanne
March 30, 2018
Dryer tumbles but no heat what part would i need to fix it?
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Hi Roxanne, Thank you for your question. There are a number of parts that you will probably want to test to see if they are working or not. I would suggest testing your thermostats and your thermal fuses. You may also want to check your heating element as well. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Theo
October 29, 2017
I bought a new inlet control thermistor, but i do not remember to how reinstall it, please help!
For model number DPSE810GG6WT
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Hi Theo, Thank you for your question. Here is a general video that will show you how to do that: https://youtu.be/lfPaS9K_yMQ . I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Bert
November 15, 2017
Looking for moisture sensors (2 each) which mount on front door area near / below lint screen. Please provide part number and availability - thanks!
For model number dcvh680ej1ww
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Hi Bert, Thank you for the question. The sensors are no longer sold separate from the Complete Duct Trap Assembly,PartSelect Number PS1482128. Hope this helps!

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Frank
September 19, 2019
My dryer does not power up? What part do i need
For model number PBVH520JOWW
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Hello Frank, thank you for inquiring. This is could be due to either a faulty Interlock Switch, part number PS1481922, or Door Switch, part number PS2344321 for your model. Good luck with your repair!

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Chris
January 18, 2019
Dryer stays on for 2-5 minutes and then cuts off. It's blowing hot air into the drum. Should i assume that i have a thermostat issue?
For model number Dbvh512gf1ww
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Hi Chris, Thank you for your question. If the dryer is shutting off too soon, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which ones are causing the issue. You will need to check the high limit thermostat, the interlock switch, the inlet control thermostat, the duct felt seal, the door latch, the drum bearing slides, the door strike, the drive belt and the door switch. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Larry
March 8, 2023
takes too long to dry. In your opinion, would this be both the thermostat and the heating element or one or the other?
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Hello Larry, thank you for contacting us. According to our research, we would recommend checking the following parts: lint filter, part number PS11772037, high limit thermostat, part number PS267900, inlet control thermostat, part number PS1766014, and moisture sensor, part number PS1021860. If the issue still occurs, you may need to check the heating element, part number PS9494500. We hope this solves your problem!

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Becky
June 7, 2023
If I use the casual or mixed load selection, the dryer runs for a few minutes and then cuts off like it's finished. If I use the Timed selection, it stays on for the allotted time. Which part could be bad on the dryer?
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Hi Becky, thank you for reaching out. According to our research, the casual and mixed load selection works on the dry sensor feature. The sensor dry feature is not active in timed dry, warm-up, and air fluff. So, we recommend checking the cycling thermostat, part number PS11736632, to fix this issue. It monitors and regulates the temperature inside the dryer. We hope this solves your problem!

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