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How to Troubleshoot a Clothes Dryer

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    If the Dryer Won't Start
  1. Check the plug and reset the circuit breaker. It could simply mean that there's no power getting to the machine.
  2. Make sure the door is closer and the the latch isn't obstructed by any articles of clothing.
  3. Call a professional if these don't solve the problem. More extreme culprits for a dyer that won't start are a bad door switch, a failed drive belt, a failed motor or a bad thermal fuse (protects the motor).
  4. If the Dryer Dries Slowly
  5. Clean the lint filter. Remove the lint and clean it with hot water and a toothbrush. A clogged filter can cause slow drying.
  6. Clean the exhaust duct. A clog here can also prevent the drying from drying.
  7. Straighten out an kinks in the exhaust duct.
  8. Remove some clothes from a heavy load. Overloading puts undo stress on the machine creating an eternity to retrieve dry clothes.
  9. Replace the door gasket if it's gone bad.
  10. If the dryer simply won't heat, call a professional. Most causes of this--gas-supply problems, bad igniters, defective thermostat, failed heating coil, et al--can only be fixed by a dryer mechanic.
  11. If the Dryer Squeals or Rumbles When Running
  12. Replace the driver-belt idler pulley. Usually a professional is needed.
  13. Lubricate or replace the rollers that support the drum. Can be done on your own, but best fixed by a professional.
  14. Clean out lint from the blower wheel. A clogged vacuum blower is a noisemaker.
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MY OLD GE ELECTRIC DRYER TURNS ON BUT WILL NOT HEAT


Hi,


Make sure you check these to fix the problem.
  • Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

  • Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

  • A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.


Thank you

Aug 02, 2010 | GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC Electric...

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No Heat


Hi, Make sure you check these to fix the problem.
  • Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

  • Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

  • A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.
Thank you!

May 10, 2010 | Maytag Atlantis MDG7400AW Gas Dryer

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dryer will not heat up


Hi fairiesinfli,

Check the below:

Power from the house
Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.
Heating element
Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.
Thermal fuse
On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it.

Regards
R.K.

Oct 22, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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no heat


If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.


Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it electric heating elements aren't repairable.


On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse which is about an inch long is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it.

Sep 03, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Kenmore Elite dryer


If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

Power from the house
Heating element
Thermal fuse
Wiring
Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)

Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

Hope this may help;

Rgards,
VOTIT

DON'T FORGET TO RATE;

Aug 25, 2008 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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