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If your dryer runs for a while and then stops, you definitely will have a feeling that the dryer is fine. You may think that something is stopping the dryer after a period. You may hear loud noise before the dryer comes to complete stop. This symptom is normally associated with dryer motor being over heated. You need to identify the cause of the problem and take appropriate action (fix the dryer or buy a new one). This problem is relatively easy to fix. We think that if you follow the step by step instructions given below, you will be able to identify and fix the problem or come to a conclusion that you will have to buy a replacement dryer.

  1. 1Repair your dryer free: Find if you have warranty for your dryer. If you bought your dryer within one year, it is most likely that you have warranty. Most appliance manufacturers provide one year free warranty. If you have warranty, call the company and get your dryer fixed. If you do not have warranty and do not want to spend too much money, you will have to spend some time to identify and possibly fix the problem. The steps below will guide you through the process of identifying and fixing the problem.
  2. 2Lint: Normal operation of a dryer is dependent on proper air flow. The air must enter and leave the dryer unobstructed. Check the back of the dryer and the wall close to it. If the dryer is too close to the wall, move it so that the air hose can maintain its normal length instead of being pushed against the wall. Pull the lint trap and clean it. Disconnect the air hose from the back of the dryer and clean the accumulated lint. Connect the air hose to the dryer correctly. Check if anything is obstructing the air duct when it vents away from the hose. If there is any lint build-up, clean the lint. Now, try to use the dryer and inspect if it still stops running after running for a while.
  3. 3 Internal duct: Dryers have internal ducts. Sometimes the internal duct may get clogged by lint. Remove the lint filter and check the internal duct by using a flash light. If it is clogged, carefully clean the clog by using a vacuum cleaner.
  4. 4 Bad dryer motor: If you did everything mentioned above and still the dryer stops during its drying cycle, then most likely you have a dryer motor that is getting heated beyond normal operating temperature. When the motor is getting over heated, it stops to run. Hence the dryer stops running. With time the dryer cools down, and when you start the dryer it runs again until the motor temperature reaches its breaking temperature to stop the motor to run. This cycle of running when the motor is cold and stopping when the motor is heated will continue until the motor is replaced. Test the motor if you know how to do it. If you find the motor is bad, buy a new motor from online or your local appliance parts store and replace it. Some motor packages include an installation guide, if your motor have one, it will help you in installing the motor. If you ask the store sales person where you will buy the motor, he or she can tell if you will get an installation manual with the motor. If you think that you can not replace the dryer motor SAFELY, please call a qualified appliance repair technician to help you. Please read the next paragraph before you decide to fix the dryer motor.
  5. 5 Decision time: Replacing a motor may get very expensive. A motor replacement work may cost you from 200 to 350 dollars. Before you decide to replace a bad motor in your dryer, find out how much it will cost you. You may discover that buying a new dryer will make sense. A new dryer will give you peace of mind, because a new dryer will normally run few years without trouble. After all, a new dryer will come with at least one year of warranty.