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A plastic tab/tag stuck out of the GE dryer drum gap. Does anyone know what it is, if it is a part of the dryer, and if so how I can fix it?

Appears most likely (lacking information) to be a teflon dryer drum bearing slide. I found a set of 4 for sale as replacements, though they may not be the exact ones for your dryer. It appears that ...
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Is it ok that my dryer vents into a porch attic?

Yes, that's a problem! Depending how long it's been set up like that, you may already need to replace the whole porch roof, and hope it hasn't rotted the wall framing too much. Dryer exhaust needs to ...
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What kind of unvented tumble dryer will reduce indoor humidity?

A more compact alternative worth a mention is a dehumidifer. I dry my washing indoors in UK winters, without a tumble drier. For efficient drying, shutting the damp washing and dehumidifer in a room ...
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

As part of a house purchase? Make your offer on the house assuming you'll need to buy a new dryer, and this one is total junque that will need to be hauled away. It adds negative value in the current ...
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What kind of unvented tumble dryer will reduce indoor humidity?

Heat Pump or Condensing Dryers will not add meaningful moisture to your apartment. Both Heat Pump and Condensing Dryers are closed loop systems, recirculating air inside the unit. Both use a ...
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Is a divider between fridge and dryer necessary?

Most dryers leak some dust and lint from cracks in the frame and at the joints of the vent pipe. The divider will help keep that lint from being sucked in and deposited on the fridge's cooling fins. ...
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Can I use a 50amp wire for a new dryer?

The receptacle and plug are the unsafe NEMA 10 (Hot, Hot, Neutral, NO GROUND) style. I suspect something fishy with the receptacle, because there should be screws in at least two of the outer corners, ...
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I need help identifying this screw

That's a Torx head, you'll need a Torx screwdriver or drill bit for that. Hard to tell what size from your photo, maybe T25 or T30 at a guess. Easy to find at your local hardware store. Sometimes you ...
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Is it ok that my dryer vents into a porch attic?

The whole point of a vent for a dryer is to take away the moisture contained in the air used to dry the wet/damp items in the dryer. That moist air will go to anywhere cooler than itself. So if it can'...
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220v Washer Dryer Machine Voltage Tolerance

I think you're doing it the hard way. Areas which are 127V nominal, choose that voltage for a very specific purpose: when you configure your power supply as 3-phase "wye", with 127V any ...
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Are the NEMA 10-30 to 14-30 adapters with the extra ground wire valid/legal to use and still adhere to code?

Don't buy electrical gear via mail order Absolutely not. Dangerous rubbish. You can tell from the obviously Photoshopped spiral on the ground lead, and the use of a "banana plug" on the end ...
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240 V-only Dryers, Ovens, Ranges, and Cooktops in North America?

I want to make [the new circuits] as flexible as possible. is in direct contradiction with I do not want to install the neutral conductor because it is a waste of money and material when they are ...
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Are the NEMA 10-30 to 14-30 adapters with the extra ground wire valid/legal to use and still adhere to code?

Amazon sells stuff all over the world from vendors all over the world so what's legal elsewhere might not be legal here in the USA. In the USA, it would have to be UL listed to be used. You'd have to ...
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Is it safe to bond the neutral to the junction box in a Nema 10-30 circuit?

It isn't safe to use a 3-wire dryer connection. It's grandfathered, meaning it was legal when installed (maybe!) and they don't make you update your house every code cycle. That is not the same as ...
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What wire to use for 30Amp Dryer outlet 75 feet from the panel?

Use the size of breaker specified in the dryer instructions. It sounds like the whole dryer (heating element included) is 23A, which is absolutely typical and normal of 99% of dryers, since it ...
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Wiggling of dryer cord turns power to dryer off & on

Replace the cord. It probably has a broken wire. Check the receptacle/outlet for loose wire connection also when you have the breaker turned off. Moving/wiggling of a cord to get power again is the ...
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

Assume the dryer is worthless and evaluate the home purchase without it in the mix. "Works but needs to be fixed" tells me it doesn't work. The fact that the dryer vent isn't hooked up means ...
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Is it safe to use a clothes dryer while waiting for foam gasket for dryer blower wheel to arrive?

If the old gasket was "found to be useless" then it's probably been blowing lint past that for a long time, so you probably won't be adding much more to what will need to be cleaned up when ...
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Is it ok to run dryer duct under an electrical panel?

No. NEC 110.26(E) Dedicated Equipment Space. All switchboards, switchgear, panelboards, and motor control centers shall be located in dedicated spaces and protected from damage. Exception: Control ...
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How can I verify that a gas clothes dryer only needs a belt repair?

Inspection of the old belt might give some clues to its failure. An old belt that is stretched too much is probably the belt. A belt that is worn in one spot might mean something else is wrong also. ...
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Is a dryer at risk of overheating on a hot day?

No, there shouldn't be a problem. I'm an appliance service technician. All of the electric dryers that I've seen use a form of electronic thermostat to keep the drum temperature below its operation ...
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Electric Dryer Issue: Clothes Damp in Sensor Drying Mode

Replace the drier, or learn how long it normally takes to get things actually dry, and use the timer, not the sensor that doesn't work even after you replaced its electrodes. One of these options ...
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Should electric dryer work on NEMA 10-30 receptacle with 163 V to ground in commercial building with 3 phase service? USA

The assertion that the NEMA10-30 is correctly wired is false. Depending on the type of 3-phase, the hots should be 240 or 208V apart, and the hot to neutral (there is NO ground, which is why it should ...
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Is it safe to bond the neutral to the junction box in a Nema 10-30 circuit?

While 10-30s are allowed to be grandfather for use, they were ban in 96 because they cause deaths. Very highly recommended to change to 14-30. If the box is grounded back to the panel, with the ...
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Automatic switching between dryer and heat pump water heater

Dryers are usually on a 30 Amp circuit with Nema 14-30 plug I use the NeoCharge Smart Splitter for my needs that are similar to yours. Obviously you use a Water heater instead of EV charger but in ...
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Will a clothes dryer vent pipe get hot enough to ignite Tyvek if they are touching?

The melting point of Tyvek ® is 135°C and the ignition point is approximately 400°C. The dryer vent does not exceeds 55°C, otherwise your clothes would be irreparably damaged. To answer your question, ...
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Electric Dryer Issue: Clothes Damp in Sensor Drying Mode

Run smaller dryer loads. I run into the same issue if I overload. In the other hand, getting stuff onto hangers still slightly damp lets wrinkles "hang out" so I tend to just not worry about ...
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240V Four Prong Outlet - Inconsistent Behavior

As I read your description, and this may just be an omission, I don't see you checking the torque on the receptacle wire connecting screws; I also don't see mention of using a torque driver on the ...
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Should electric dryer work on NEMA 10-30 receptacle with 163 V to ground in commercial building with 3 phase service? USA

The service tech is correct: a standard USA "240V" residential electric dryer should not be connected to an electric service that has hot legs more than 120V from neutral or ground. 163V is ...
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Troubleshooting a dryer throwing a breaker

Actually, with a GFCI breaker, converting to 4-prong outlet is easy. 4-prong NEMA 14-30 socket. Connect ground to nothing! 4-prong dryer cord Install cord according to the instructions (separate ...
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