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Speed Queen Gas Dryer Moisture Sensor is Terrible
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Post# 1029515   4/10/2019 at 18:00 (1,787 days old) by dylanmitchell (Southern California)        

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Anyone have success with getting a SQ dryer moisture sensor cycle to work well? With Sensor Dry Near Dry equals still wet not damp or near dry and Dry equals scorched and overdried. I gave up on using the sensor setting shortly after I got the dryer figuring it just wasn't accurate and just used the manual time and temp setting. Recently, I figured I'd give it another try and it was the same. I think it's a known SQ dryer issue and SQ dryers are not know for being as great as the washers. I'm just curious if other folks do sensor or manual dry cycles.

I have a 2017 SQ ADGE9RGS gas dryer and don't think the sensor is broken or dirty just that it's how the SQ work from the factory. Overall, I'm happy enough with the dryer and it paris well with my AWNE92SP. I realy like actually I absolutely love the AWNE92SP so I'd make the same purchase over again since the washer is so good and I can get the performance I need out of the dryer with manual time and temp options. And the dryer has otherwise excellent performance and a powerful fan plus it's a SQ so easily repairable.

And FYI, these are 2017 models. It's unlikely I'd buy and 2018 or later SQ products unless I found a soft mount 20 or so pound commercial SQ FL that wasn't to beat up or too expensive.

Post# 1029524 , Reply# 1   4/10/2019 at 18:45 (1,787 days old) by stricklybojack (South Hams Devon UK)        

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Yes thereís two possibilities, wet or toasty, nothing in between.
It took a team of experts decades of round-the-clock painstaking research to achieve...seemingly...nothing.

Post# 1029525 , Reply# 2   4/10/2019 at 18:48 (1,787 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I have a 9-Series 2017 SQ washer and dryer. It is the worst electronic sensing system Iíve ever had on a dryer. Having said that, I use Near Dry and generally let loads of mixed cottons dry for 35 minutes on high heat. Large loads of heavy towels are dry in 1 hour + 15 minutes. Iíve just gotten used to timing the load rather than allowing the sensor system to over dry the load.

Iím hoping the heavy duty build (and assumed reliability) of the dryer will make up for the pathetic sensing system in the long run, LOL. Have really come to like the washer, though.

Post# 1029530 , Reply# 3   4/10/2019 at 19:18 (1,787 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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When I was growing up and learning to do laundry we had a GE dryer with auto-dry but my mother never used it.  I have no idea why.


Instead she just set the timer for the correct time for jeans, towels, mixed loads, etc. and taught me to do the same. 


Years later when I owned my first dryer with auto-dry I was surprised that it worked!  However I could learn to live without it just fine.

Post# 1029531 , Reply# 4   4/10/2019 at 19:27 (1,787 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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The Speed Queen dryers are well made, but like stricklybojack said, itís either wet clothes or extra toasty clothes. My aunt has a Amana gas dryer made by Speed Queen, and my aunt doesnít much care for it since it tends to scorch clothes, and if I had one of those Speed Queen gas dryers, I would just throttle the burner with the internal shut off valve, and I would rather deal with a dryer that takes longer to dry, but is gentler on the clothes. The HOH gas dryer I acquired recently may be a little slower, but is definitely more gentle on the clothes, and probably wonít scorch them to death since it has moisture sensors in the baffles, and will shut off when they are dry.

Post# 1029539 , Reply# 5   4/10/2019 at 20:01 (1,787 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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My SmartLoad / AeroSmart give consistent results and are comfortably accurate.† Five dryness levels, I use the default Normal except on large items such as quilts (one step higher, Delicate/low temp).† The sensor algorithm claims to be "intelligent" so as to react to the moisture hit "curve" of different fabric types.† The lowest Damp level dries a little more than what I consider to be ironing/damp.† There's also a "damp" signal when that level is reached for convenience of removing items for ironing or hang-to-finish and continuing the cycle for the rest of the load.† The UI beeps are too low-volume, should have been engineered several times louder.

Post# 1029545 , Reply# 6   4/10/2019 at 20:51 (1,787 days old) by dylanmitchell (Southern California)        

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Mine moderates heat well on low, has plenty of heat on high, and a strong fan. If I was buying again I might look at a basic model with no sensor dry no sense paying for something that doesn't work.

Did SQ make any significant changes to the way 2018 and on gas dryers work. Not aware of any energy reg changes for dryers so wondering if they just updated the look on them.

Post# 1029606 , Reply# 7   4/11/2019 at 16:41 (1,786 days old) by Supersurgilator (Indiana)        

I have a 2015 electric GE dryer that overdries. I set it on less dry and clothes come out completely baked! Thinking it was also a fluke I've tried it several times, but same thing everytime, it bakes everything on less dry. I just run it for an hour now and I'm fine.

Post# 1029613 , Reply# 8   4/11/2019 at 17:45 (1,786 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

I'm in my 70's, and have had all sorts of dryers in my time. With the exception of possibly the Maytag Halo of Hell, I've never found electronic dryness sensors to be all that superior to the indirect, time and temperature, mechanism. I have always found electronic sensors not to be very accurate with small loads. They will usually shut off prematurely. Over the years I have had Kenmore, Electrolux, LG, and F&P dryers, all with electronic sensors. Only the F&P could accurately dry small loads.


Post# 1029640 , Reply# 9   4/12/2019 at 05:13 (1,785 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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My GE sensor dry does so perfectly, but my newer Frigidaire not so much.  I usually have to turn it back on for 15 minute "touch-up" to completely dry waist bands, jean seams, etc.

Post# 1029651 , Reply# 10   4/12/2019 at 07:44 (1,785 days old) by Helicaldrive (St. Louis)        

Using Regular, Eco dry, Near Dry. On the 9 series, that is. Yields the result I want every time. Never overdries and doesnít get too hot either.

For sheets I use Dry. For jeans I use Less Dry.

No complaints.

I have two of them, both gas, and both perform identically.

Heavy Duty (high heat) leaves towels rougher, as high heat does in all dryers. And it shrank my jeans too short. Stretched them back while wet and never used Heavy Duty again.

If you open the door later in the cycle, the time remaining number can lead you to think itís going to overdry. But actually when thatís the case it will suddenly drop 5 to 10 minutes if you keep watching. Also, it has a 10 minute cool down, compared to 5 minutes for most other dryers from the past, which can lead one to think itís slow and overdries.

All that said, the Newton IA Maytag dryers I had were more efficient because the lint filter was 3 to 4 times larger, so lint built up in a thinner layer and thus didnít impair air flow as much. I guess same is true of Whirlpool dryers, but I hate cleaning up the lint mess all over the top of the dryer after cleaning the lint filter. Never cared for Whirlpool dryers because they always balled up my sheets.

I have had a Maytag and a Whirlpool that did not have electronic sensors for auto dry, and I kinda preferred that over the Maytag that did have sensors. The non-sensor dryers were more likely to leave seams slightly damp as they should be. To each his own.

Underwear elastic and socks seem to be lasting far longer since I came into the SQ dryers. Probably wouldnít be so if I used Heavy Duty (high) heat. I suspect the 8 series and knob series SQ dryers use high heat for regular, and donít have a medium heat setting, thus leading to complaints of clothes baking and over drying.

Post# 1029664 , Reply# 11   4/12/2019 at 10:08 (1,785 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

Iíve got the 2018 model / DR7 and there are no eco nazi changes to them over the last one. It does have Eco Dry which is an option that decreases heat by 10% after the heat setpoint is satisfied initially. Iíve personally found the sensor dry to over dry by about 15-20 minutes, I havenít really experimented a whole lot with it because in general I donít trust auto-dry in any dryer, Iíve found they all over dry or under dry. I also find the medium heat setting cycles the burner fairly aggressively, even the outgoing SamsungTag would let it get hotter on medium, so no issues with scorched clothes here. The high setting of course lets the burner run nearly the whole length of the dry time. Part of the key to not scorching clothes is making sure you have very good venting, all solid duct if possible, no more than a couple feet of semi rigid duct, and make sure the cap outside isnít restrictive or plugged all together.

Post# 1029696 , Reply# 12   4/12/2019 at 18:51 (1,785 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Is it just a phenomenon with the gas dryer?  I had a 2016 Speed Queen Electric dryer that I thought was great.  It was BOL so it didn't have an end of cycle signal, but otherwise, I thought it was great.  I had the matching washer, which was great too.  I did adjust the pressure switch to increase the water level.  But that was easy to do.  I left the pair behind when I moved and wish I still had them.


Post# 1029704 , Reply# 13   4/12/2019 at 20:58 (1,785 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Sensor Dry VS Auto Temp Dry VS Time Dry

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I have used hundreds of different dryers and have almost always found the auto dry systems reliable and accurate, much better than trying to guess at a running time and setting a timer.


The SQ electronic sensor dryers are not the best for accuracy that I have ever used, they don't work that well for smaller loads, I think their sensor placement is too high so it does not contact the clothing as much as other designs do.



Post# 1029931 , Reply# 14   4/15/2019 at 10:44 (1,782 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

If you are not OCD about having the dryer sit absolutely level with the washer, for small load electronic auto dry performance enhancement, you can run out the front legs a bit to give the dryer a bit of a tip backward and it will help small loads contact the sensors that are at the rear of the drum if you find that small loads are not touching them. 

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