Four Reasons Your Dryer Might Not be Heating Properly

Modern conveniences such as a washer and dryer often go unnoticed until you realize your dryer is no longer heating properly and laundry isn’t drying. It’s easy to assume the problem is serious and you might need a new dryer, but it’s often a much less serious problem. Dryers require proper voltage to work correctly, and yours might not be getting the voltage it needs. It’s a relatively easy fix, but you should know which part the problem is.

The Heating Element is Broken

Is your dryer not heating? It might mean your heating element has malfunctioned. It’s not a part you can repair, but it’s one you can easily replace. To determine if this is the problem, you’ll need to open your dryer’s cabinet and search for the heating element. Next, you need to figure out how to test it. Depending on the make and model, you can find the heating element and how to test it in the instruction manual you received when you bought the machine. If you haven’t a manual, you can search online for the instructions for the make and model you have.

The Thermal Fuse is Broken

Fuses blow, and the thermal fuse in your dryer is no exception. If it’s blown, you’ll need to open the dryer cabinet and check. It’s a simple replacement part you can find at many local hardware stores or order online. Your manual should tell you how to properly test the fuses in your dryer to see if it is the problem.

The Thermostat is Broken

your dryer can’t tell how hot it’s getting, it might not heat properly. If you open the cabinet and see any of the thermostats are broken, you’ll need one replaced. You can see what they are meant to look like in your dryer’s manual. If any look different, they are broken.

The Timer Motor is Broken

The timer motor in the dryer tells it how long it needs to heat up, and it helps it regulate the temperature. If it’s not working properly, it can cause a lack of heat. Your manual will tell you how to locate this piece and test it. It’s easily replaceable if it’s not working correctly.

If your dryer refuses to heat and it’s still under warranty, call for professional help first. Some warranties are voided if you attempt a DIY repair or allow someone else to fix it without going through the proper channels. Your warranty might also cover the cost of the replacement part and repair, which is good for your finances.

Before you buy a new dryer assuming your current machine is broken, check to see if any of these issues might be the cause of your problem. They are easy to fix or replace, and they aren’t overly costly. Most can be fixed quickly, which can save you hundreds of dollars on a new machine you don’t need. The best part is you can replace these items yourself if you don’t want professional help.