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Question DetailsAsked on 12/2/2015

How much would it cost to replace the thermostat in a clothes dryer?

I now need to run my GE clothes dryer 2 cycles to fully dry a load of clothes. The dryer is approximately 8 years old and did replace the hoses when I moved here last year. Then it was operating fine but now is not drying clothes very well. Thank you for your answer.

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Commonly about $150-225 including labor (which is most of it) - but before assuming it is the thermostat, I would check the dryer vent duct and outlet area for lint accumulation - because that is far more often the cause of poor drying (as opposed to total fail to dry). Thermostats/thermocouples tend to die totally or allow overheating - stick full open or closed - rather than "drift" - especially in dryers. So total failure to heat up can be one that has failed to reclose or whose contacts have burned out, or overheating due to the elecrtical contacts in it sticking closed so during a cycle the dryer heats up to the point the clothes feel scorching hot (enough to redden your hands) because the dryer is stopping heating only when the high-temp thermostat kicks the burner/element off is more common.

With electronic control dryers with a thermostat the control board can, at times, cause improper control like this - a more expensive repair by a hundred or two $ for the part.

Also - have you had unusually wet weather conditions - near 100% humidity can about double the drying time for a load of clothes.

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Appliance Repair - Large are the two Search the List categories applicable to this type of situation. The first obviously only cleans ducts, the second can do the diagnosis and repair and sometimes will do duct cleaning as part of the visit, if needed - so unless you determine there is blockage (looking into duct with flashlight or find there is low airflow coming out) I would go with the second rather than the first category.

One thing - on "replacing the hoses", which I infer to mean flexible ducting - I would recommend, if you have an appliance repairman come, get him to replace the flex hose with rigid steel ducting if possible - much less air resistance, and the flex ducting builds up lint and kinks way too easy for my liking - plus if you ever get a small lint fire passing into the duct from the dryer it burns like crazy - at least the couple I have taken a lighter to as a way of demonstrating this issue. Metal ducting, unless the buildup of lint is real bad, will frequently confine a lint fire in the ducting and not set the house on fire.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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