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GE Appliances
Technical Service Guide
March 2011
GE HA Dryer With Mist
GFDS350
GFDS355
GFDN240
GFDN245
31-9209
GE Appliances
General Electric Company
Louisville, Kentucky 40225

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  • Page 1 GE Appliances Technical Service Guide March 2011 GE HA Dryer With Mist GFDS350 GFDS355 GFDN240 GFDN245 31-9209 GE Appliances General Electric Company Louisville, Kentucky 40225...
  • Page 2 If grounding wires, screws, straps, clips, nuts, or washers used to complete a path to ground are removed for service, they must be returned to their original position and properly fastened. GE Appliances Technical Service Guide Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved. This service guide may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form without written permission from the Gen er al Electric Com pa ny.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Air Duct Assembly ................................29 Airfl ow ....................................22 Belt Switch....................................36 Blower Housing ..................................37 Burner Assembly and LP Conversion ........................38 Component Locator Views ............................24 Control Board Connector Locator View .........................26 Control Features ................................8 Control Panel..................................27 Cycle Matrix Chart ................................23 Demo Mode ..................................46 Door Switch ..................................31 Drive Belt ....................................32...
  • Page 4 Outlet Control Backup Thermostat ...........................44 Outlet Control Thermistor .............................43 Reversing the Door Swing ............................13 Schematics and Wiring Diagrams ..........................50 Service Test Mode ................................46 Stacking Instructions ..............................17 Steam Nozzle ..................................30 Strip Circuit ...................................52 Top Panel ....................................27 Troubleshooting ................................46 Warranty ....................................53 Water Inlet Valve ................................34 Water Line Connection ..............................
  • Page 5: Introduction

    Introduction The two GFDS model dryers incorporate 2 steam exercise. features. The steam cycles are: Steam Refresh and • Speed Dry - Quickly dries items and small Steam Derinkle. loads for families on the go. These units do not utilize a separate steam generator. •...
  • Page 6: Nomenclature

    Nomenclature G F D S 3 5 0 E V W W Color Brand Series WW = White P = Profi le BB = Black G = General Electric MV = Metallic Red MG = Metallic Gold Confi guration MS = Metallic Block T = Top Load F = Front Load Model Year Designator...
  • Page 7: Water Line Connection

    Water Line Connection Connecting Inlet Hoses. To produce steam, the dryer must connect to the cold water supply. Since the washer must also connect to the cold water, a “Y” connector is inserted to allow both inlet hoses to make that connection at the same time. NOTE: Use the new inlet hoses provided;...
  • Page 8: Control Features

    About the dryer control panel. You can locate your model number at the top inside of the door opening. Model GFDN240/245 LUFF EWRINKLE NO HEAT OTTONS ORMAL / IXED CTIVE ELICATES PEED Model GFDS350/355 ENSOR (Continued next page) – 8 –...
  • Page 9: Dry Cycles

    About the dryer control panel. GEAppliances.com Power Press to “wake up” the display. If the display is active, press to put the dryer in the standby mode. NOTE: Pressing POWER does not disconnect the appliance from the power supply. Dry Cycles The dry cycle controls the length and tumble speed of the drying process.
  • Page 10 About the dryer control panel. GEAppliances.com Sensor Dry “Level” The sensor continuously monitors the amount of moisture in the load. When the moisture in your clothes reaches your selected dry level, the dryer will stop. Note: Sensor dry “LEVEL” only works for COTTONS, NORMAL/MIXED LOAD, ACTIVE WEAR, DELICATES, and SPEED DRY. Dry “Temp”...
  • Page 11: Damp Alert

    About cycle options. NOTE: Not all features are available on all dryer models. GEAppliances.com Extended Tumble The Extended Tumble time does not get Minimizes wrinkles by adding approximately added to the cycle time on the display 60 minutes of no-heat tumbling after clothes are dry.
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  • Page 13: Reversing The Door Swing

    Reversing the Door Swing Reversing the door swing. GEAppliances.com IMPORTANT: Once you begin, do not move IMPORTANT NOTES: the cabinet until door-swing reversal is Read the instructions all the way completed. through before starting. These instructions are for changing Handle parts carefully to avoid the hinges from the right side to the left scratching paint.
  • Page 14 Reversing the door swing. STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS (cont.) Remove Door Assembly 2. Open the door to approximately 130 degrees. 3. Remove the 2 screws starting from the bottom to the top. Make sure the door is supported while removing the screws. Remove Top Screw 4.
  • Page 15 GEAppliances.com STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS (cont.) Reinstall Hinge Assembly 7. Install the hinge assembly in the opposite side of the door as shown. Push the hinge assembly in place until the hinge holes align with the door holes. 8. Hold the hinge and door on their side with one hand and fasten the 6 machine screws as shown.
  • Page 16 Reversing the door swing. STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS (cont.) Outer Door Reassemble Door Assembly IMPORTANT: Make sure there is no dirt or any other foreign material in between the window panes. 11. Place the plastic outer door onto the inner door. Make sure that the handle part of the outer door is opposite the hinge as shown.
  • Page 17: Stacking Instructions

    Stacking Instructions Stacking. GEAppliances.com BEFORE YOU BEGIN Read these instructions completely and carefully. IMPORTANT: Save these instructions for local Note to Consumer – Keep these instructions electrical inspector’s use. for future reference. IMPORTANT: Observe all governing codes and Installation must be performed by a qualified ordinances.
  • Page 18 Stacking. KIT CONTENTS (optional kit GE FL STACK) Right Hand Bracket 4 #12 x 1” Screws 4 Rubber Pads Left Hand Bracket 4 #8 x 1/2” Screws TOOLS YOU WILL NEED Phillips Screwdriver Gloves Pliers Open-Ended Wrench Level INSTALLATION PREPARATION Remove the packaging.
  • Page 19: Installing The Stack Bracket Kit

    GEAppliances.com INSTALLING THE STACK BRACKET KIT 1. Remove the Dryer Leveling Legs A. Carefully lay the dryer on its side. Use the packing material so you don’t scratch the finish on the dryer. B. Use an open-end wrench or pliers to remove the dryer leveling legs.
  • Page 20 Stacking. INSTALLING THE STACK BRACKET KIT (cont.) 4. Prepare the Washer D. Reverse dryer door swing if desired. See dryer Installation Instructions and Dryer for details. A. Place the washer in the approximate NOTE: The washer door swing is not location.
  • Page 21: Operation Overview

    Operation Overview Air is pulled into the cabinet from the rear and drawn up across the heat source located behind the drum. This hot air is pulled through the drum rear, across the clothes load, through the lint trap, and down the trap duct into the blower.
  • Page 22: Airfl Ow

    Airfl ow – 22 –...
  • Page 23: Cycle Matrix Chart

    Cycle Matrix Chart Steam De-wrinkle Extended Tumble Tumble Water Tumble Water Tumble Water Tumble Tumble with with Valve on with Valve on with Valve on with Cool Water Valve on and (if option heat heat Heat off heat Heat off heat Heat off heat...
  • Page 24: Component Locator Views

    Component Locator Views Electric Model Power Board Inlet Control Thermistor Inlet Safety Thermostat High Limit Thermostat Heater Assembly Water Valve (inside cover) Idler Pulley Motor (under shield) Outlet Control Backup Thermostat (under shield) Blower Wheel Outlet Control Thermistor (behind frame) (Continued Next Page) –...
  • Page 25 Gas Model Power Board High Limit Thermostat Inlet Safety Thermostat Inlet Control Thermistor Water Valve (inside cover) Idler Pulley Motor (under shield) Outlet Control Backup Thermostat Burner Assembly (under shield) Blower Wheel Outlet Control Thermistor (behind frame) – 25 –...
  • Page 26: Control Board Connector Locator View

    Control Board Connector Locator View Electronic Control - Rear View (Electric and Gas Models) J1 - Door Switch J2 - Drum Motor J3 - User Interface J4 - Outlet Control Thermistor and Inlet Control Thermistor J5 - Model Selector J7 - Moisture Sensor Rods J9 - Outer Coil L1 (Electric Heat), Line (Gas Heat) J8 - Outer Coil Relay J10 - Inner Coil L1 (Electric Heat)
  • Page 27: Control Panel

    Dryer Components 3. Raise the front of the top panel approximately 3 Top Panel inches, then pull forward to clear the rear tabs. WARNING: Sharp edges may be exposed when servicing the dryer. Use caution to avoid injury. Wear Kevlar gloves or equivalent protection. Note: Combined Phillips-head/square-drive recess screws are utilized throughout this appliance.
  • Page 28: Front Panel

    3. Lift the control panel off vertically. 5. Lift the bracket out of the hinges and set aside. 4. Disconnect the wire harness. Note: In the following step it may be necessary to raise the front of the dryer to gain access to the screws.
  • Page 29: Air Duct Assembly

    Air Duct Assembly Drum Slide Assembly The air duct assembly houses the lint fi lter, steam The drum slide assembly is located on the back nozzle, trap duct felt seal, and the 2 sensor rods. It is side of the front panel and utilizes 4 drum slides. located on the back side of the front panel.
  • Page 30: Drum Light Receptacle

    To replace the steam nozzle connector: Steam Nozzle 1. Remove the air duct assembly. (See Air Duct The steam nozzle is located inside the front of the Assembly dryer on the right side of the air duct assembly. The steam nozzle consists of a brass orifi ce and a fi ne 2.
  • Page 31: Door Switch

    Note: The 2 sensor rods in the air duct assembly are Door Switch replaceable individually. To replace the sensor rods, order part WE1M575. The door switch is fastened to the front panel by 2 locking tabs (1 on each side). When the dryer door •...
  • Page 32: Drive Belt

    To install the drive belt: Drive Belt 1. Remove the front panel. (See Front Panel WARNING: Sharp edges may be exposed when servicing the dryer. Use caution to avoid injury 2. Reach under the left-hand side of the drum, and wear Kevlar gloves and sleeves or equivalent push the idler pulley down and to the right, and protection.
  • Page 33: Drum

    Drum Idler Assembly The drum is made of 304 stainless steel and The idler assembly maintains proper tension on the has three replaceable baffl es. The drum rotates belt to minimize belt slippage. The idler assembly counterclockwise, as viewed from the front, at a consists of an idler pulley that rotates on an idler speed of 47 to 51 RPM.
  • Page 34: Motor And Blower Wheel

    Water Inlet Valve The water inlet valve is located inside the cabinet at the bottom right hand corner. The water valve is Water Inlet Hose Disconnect enclosed under a metal cover. The cover is attached to the dryer with a Phillips-head screw and a tab located at the bottom.
  • Page 35 4. Remove the Phillips-head screw and the outlet 10. Remove the Phillips-head screw, then disengage control backup thermostat from the blower the motor moisture shield from the motor housing. bracket. Motor Moisture Shield Outlet Control Backup Thermostat 5. Remove the idler pulley assembly from the motor bracket.
  • Page 36: Belt Switch

    13. Compress and remove the rear motor strap Belt Switch from the motor support. The belt switch is fastened to the motor base plate 14. Loosen the two 1/4-in. hex-head screws on the with 2 Phillips-head screws. The belt switch is front motor strap.
  • Page 37: Blower Housing

    Blower Housing Heater Assembly The blower housing is attached to the dryer with 7 The heater assembly is located behind the drum. screws and 3 tabs. It consists of inner and outer open-wire elements, each formed in a zigzag pattern fastened to a single To remove the blower housing: housing.
  • Page 38: Burner Assembly And Lp Conversion

    To remove the double and main coils: Burner Assembly and LP Conversion 1. Remove the drum. (See Drum The burner assembly consists of the gas valve coils, 2. Remove 2 Phillips-head screws from the front gas valve, burner, and inlet pipe. frame and the Phillips-head screw from the rear To convert the dryer from natural gas to LP gas, of the gas valve cover.
  • Page 39: Gas Valve

    5. Disconnect the ignitor wire harness and the 2 wires from the fl ame detector. 6. Disconnect the coil wire harness from each coil. Locator Pin 7. Remove the 2 Phillips-head screws that attach the gas valve bracket to the dryer fl oor. 8.
  • Page 40: Flame Detector

    Caution: The ignitor is very fragile. To prevent breaking the ignitor, care must be taken when installing the gas valve. Gas Valve Note: Upon reassembly, ensure the gas valve Moisture is inserted under the 2 tabs located in bracket Shield the dryer fl...
  • Page 41: Ignitor Circuit Operation

    Ignitor Circuit Operation The glo-bar ignitor circuit is made up of the following components: a gas valve with safety and main valves, ignitor, and a fl ame detector. The safety valve is actuated by a double coil that comprises a safety coil (resistance approximately 1350 ohms) and a booster coil (resistance approximately 550 ohms).
  • Page 42: Inlet Control Thermistor

    (typically 50%) so that thermostats are fast enough to shut down the heater in case of overheating. On GE dryers, both heaters are cycled on and off every minute. Electric Model Shown Operation of the inlet control thermistor can be checked by using service test mode T06.
  • Page 43: Outlet Control Thermistor

    (typically 50%) so that thermostats are fast enough to shut down the heater in case of overheating. On GE dryers, both heaters are cycled on and off every minute. Electric Model Shown...
  • Page 44: High Limit Thermostat

    Outlet Control Backup Thermostat High Limit Thermostat The outlet control backup thermostat is located On electric models, the high limit thermostat is on the upper, rear area of the blower housing. It located on the top right area of the heater housing. is below the moisture shield and above the outlet On gas models, the high limit thermostat is located control thermistor.
  • Page 45: Electronic Control

    Note: If replacing the electronic control, transfer the Electronic Control model selector harness to the replacement control board in the same location as on the original. If The electronic control consists of a control board harness is not transferred, it will generate an E8 and a power board.
  • Page 46: Demo Mode

    Troubleshooting Demo Mode To enter demo mode: 1. Turn the unit off so the screen is blank. 2. Unplug the unit from power and wait 10 seconds. 3. Plug the unit back in. 4. Open the door. 5. Within 30 seconds after plugging the unit back in, press the START/PAUSE button 4 times. 6.
  • Page 47: Error Codes

    SERVICE MODE SEQUENCE TEST On Entry - The UI and MC board will test their respective Eeproms. Start/Pause When the UI and MC have finished, “UIP” will be displayed on the SSD if the UI passed, or “UIF” if the UI Eeprom test failed. Eeprom check Turn the knob - “PBP”...
  • Page 48 General Troubleshooting Guide - Electric Model COMPLAINT WRINKLES NO HEAT SHRINKAGE LONG DAY ALL FABRICS DAMAGE DAMAGE TIME ALL LOADS NO HEAT LONG DRY TIME CHECK SHAGS CUTS CHECK ALL DRUM & THERMOSTATE INTERIOR SURFACES CHECK 240 V TEMPERATURE BOTH SUPPLY DRUM CAP DRUM SPEED CHECK ARE...
  • Page 49 General Troubleshooting Guide - Gas Model COMPLAINT WRINKLES SHRINKAGE DAMAGE NO HEAT LONG DRY TIME ALL FABRICS SYNTHETICS CLOTHES WET ALL LOADS ONLY SHORT BURN CYCLE NO HEAT, SHORT BURN LONG DRY TIME DAMAGE THERMOSTAT TEMPERATURE GENERAL CARE IGNITER LABEL WASH AND DRUM SPEED DRUM &...
  • Page 50: Schematics And Wiring Diagrams

    Schematics and Wiring Diagrams Electric Model FE Module – 50 –...
  • Page 51 Gas Model FE Module – 51 –...
  • Page 52: Strip Circuit

    Strip Circuit To check thermostats: 1. Disconnect power. WHITE 2. Measure resistance between J2 pin 3 and J8. Note: If all thermostats are intact, reading should be PURPLE 0  BLUE ORANGE To check water valve: ORANGE 1. Disconnect power. 2.
  • Page 53: Warranty

    This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased for home use within the USA. If the product is located in an area where service by a GE Authorized Servicer is not available, you may be responsible for a trip charge or you may be required to bring the product to an Authorized GE Service location for service.

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