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flashskyhi

10:19PM | 08/17/05
Member Since: 08/17/05
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Initial Symptoms:

My dryer showed the E1 error intermitently while running, but unplugging the unit for a few minutes got rid of the error. This was an acceptable workaround, but lately the temperature just hasn't been hot enough so the clothes don't dry.

What I did:

Thanks to the great advice I've read on this thread I figured this is likely the thermistor. According to the "repair parts list" (came with product manual), I know I need a 3976615, which I know how to order. But I decided to disassemble the unit first to make sure the service job was managable (yes, it is indeed very simple).

My current problem:

Upon taking off the lower front cover plate, I discovered a lot of lint! I also took off the Lint Duct Assembly and Blower Cover and wow there was more lint and the presence of fine white powder (like accumulated powder detergent paste). I vacuumed everything out (including the thermistor) and believe this may possibly fix my E1 problem without actually having to replace the thermistor.

My question:

I discovered that my periscoping vent had collapsed, thus restricting airflow. My gut tells me this is why there was lint everywhere. Can anyone confirm that lint should NOT normally accumulate inside the unit? I'm now also wondering if I should disassemble the blower wheel to clean out the housing, which still has a lot of the white powder that doesn't vacuum out because of the wheel obstruction. If I must do this, does anyone know how to remove this wheel? Are there other maintenance work that I should perform - like on the drum - knowing that I've had an exhaust issue for as long as a year?

I'll post my results once I have everything cleaned and re-assembled.

Thanks!

Flash


DanO

10:01PM | 08/18/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** Can anyone confirm that lint should NOT normally accumulate inside the unit? **

It is not designed to but can build up depending on conditions.

** I'm now also wondering if I should disassemble the blower wheel to clean out the housing **

Making sure all internal ducts are clear is a good idea was well as the blower wheel.

** does anyone know how to remove this wheel? **

On most Whirlpool/Kenmore dryers the blower wheel is screwed onto the motor shaft using a left-hand thread but if you post the proper model number of your dryer ("HE3" isn't it), we can check.

I would however suggest you NOT attempt to remove the blow fan from the motor if you don't absolutely have to. They can be difficult to remove and may get broken in the process. Sometimes they have to be broken to get them off!

** Are there other maintenance work that I should perform - like on the drum - knowing that I've had an exhaust issue for as long as a year? **

Other than cleaning the lint and fixing the vent, there shouldn't be... unless there are additional symptoms or problems. You can read a bit about proper dryer venting at the following link:

- How long can my dryer vent be?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=778

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Kenmore+Dryer

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butthead

08:13AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 09/06/05
2 lifetime posts
Just foound this forum Googling for the "E1" code on my Whirpool Duet. Thanks for the info!

As mentioned, you should have a service tech manual inside the dryer cabinet. Just pop the top by removing the 3 screws along the back edge.

Or... save the effort and grab the scanned copy of mine :)

http://www.xxiii.com/pub/Whirlpool_Duet_Dryer_GEW9200Lx_Tech.pdf

I just bought the thermistor from a local place ($24), and expect that will fix 'er up.

-Wayne


nenis1

10:30AM | 10/12/06
Member Since: 10/11/06
1 lifetime posts
Dan,

Would my model number also be a likely candidate for thermistor replacement given an E1 error code?

Thanks!

DanO

09:48AM | 10/13/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** Model number 110.92822100 dryer HE3 -- Would my model number also be a likely candidate for thermistor replacement given an E1 error code? **

Yes, an E1 error code on that model indicates an "open" thermistor as well.

- Kenmore 110.92822100 Thermistor

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=548392

While it is the most likely cause, there are the other possibilities I stated previously which might also cause it although they are much, much rarer.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Dryer

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joehandy

06:36PM | 03/23/08
Member Since: 03/22/08
1 lifetime posts
I have the same problem as described in the post by "flashskyhi". Following his correction by cleaning out/vaccumed all the lint, dust and the accumulation of fine paste and white powder cake in the Lind Duct Assenbly and Blower. Also, I did remove the thermistor and wiping it to clean the surface to remove all the white powder deposit. The dryer did work fine after the cleaning.

Thanks for this post. I did not want to replace the thermistor until knowing for sure that this is the cause. It seemed that this cleaning out the blower duct and wiping the surface of the thermistor corrected the error.

Note that the white paste/powder deposit is the result of the Bounce dryer sheets/softenner. So you need to be aware of the repeated use of Bounce sheets and poor ventilation could cause the E1 error. To prevent this problem from reoccurring, one should always clean out the vent and do the complete cleaning out of the Lint Duct Assembly and the thermistor. If necessary, replace the thermistor but this part should be very durable since it is stationary and only functions as a sensor by reading a certain amount of hot air across it sensing surface. For an image of the thermistor and its sensing surface, you can visit a site called repairclinic.com and look up Item # or Part # 1181075 which is the replacement part for the original thermistor part # 3976615.

mlburg

02:29PM | 10/17/09
Member Since: 10/16/09
1 lifetime posts
We've started getting the same error, on a model # 110 92826101. Would this also be a thermistor indication?

thanks!

--Mike

DanO

06:20PM | 10/18/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
An E1 message indicates a problem with the sensor circuit. Whether it is the sensor itself or not would have to be determined.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Kenmore+Dryer

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vidwarren

11:03AM | 12/27/09
Member Since: 12/26/09
1 lifetime posts
Any idea how to get to the thermistor?
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