Dryer Is Not Getting Hot - How To Fix It

Sometimes, a dryer not heating up may be due to an electrical issue. However, in most scenarios, the problem

Sometimes, a dryer not heating up may be due to an electrical issue. However, in most scenarios, the problem with your dryer is likely caused by a secondary issue such as a clogged lint filter or broken or cracked heat element. You can troubleshoot and fix a dryer that isn’t getting hot by inspecting your laundry appliance for common problems and following the steps below.

There are several possible reasons why your dryer may not be getting hot. The first thing you need to check is the lint screen. If the lint screen is clogged, it can prevent air from flowing correctly through the dryer, preventing it from heating up. Another possibility is that the dryer vent is clogged.

A clogged vent can also prevent air from flowing correctly and cause the dryer to overheat. Finally, the heating element itself may be damaged or burned out. If this is the case, the dryer will need to be replaced.

Quick Fixes

  • Check the power supply
  • Check the thermal fuse
  • Check the heating element
  • The dryer may have been set to the wrong setting.
  • The dryer vent may be clogged.
  • The lint screen may be dirty.
  • The dryer may be overloaded.

Check your dryer’s venting


The first step to troubleshooting a dryer that is not heating is to inspect the venting. Ensure that there isn’t any clogging or blockage in the dryer’s exhaust duct that would prevent the hot air from being expelled from the dryer from being released into your home. Check to make sure that the outside portion of your dryer’s exhaust duct isn’t clogged with dirt or debris.


If the dryer’s exhaust duct is clean, the next step is to check the duct’s airflow. Most dryers have an exhaust fan that helps push the hot air out of the dryer and into the duct (usually found on the backside of the dryer). If the fan isn’t running, your dryer won’t be able to exhaust the hot air, which means it will have nowhere to go but back inside the dryer. To check the exhaust fan, you’ll have to remove the back of your dryer.

Check your dryer’s lint screen and filter


Another cause of a dryer that isn’t heating up may be a clogged lint filter or lint screen. Your dryer’s lint filter is responsible for preventing lint and other debris from getting into the dryer’s motor and causing it to fail. If the lint filter is clogged, the motor may be unable to operate correctly, and the dryer won’t be able to heat. To check your dryer’s lint filter, remove the filter and clean it or replace it if it is clogged with lint or broken.


Your dryer’s lint screen may also clog with lint, especially if you have pets that shed a lot. If your lint screen is blocked, the hot air from the dryer will have nowhere to go but to get trapped back within the dryer, making it unable to heat. To check your screen, remove and clean it or replace it if it is clogged with lint or broken.

Check your dryer’s heating element


The next step to troubleshoot a dryer that is not heating is to inspect the dryer’s heating element. The heating element is responsible for initiating the process of heating the dryer’s drum. If the dryer isn’t getting hot, it’s possible that the heating element is broken or not receiving the power needed to heat the dryer.

Unplug your dryer and remove the top panel to test the heating element. Next, you’ll have to break the electrical connection between the heating element and the dryer’s thermostat. Be sure to mark the connection with tape to remember where it was connected. After you’ve broken the electrical connection, plug your dryer back in and turn it on. If the heating element is working, it will be hot.

Check your dryer’s thermostat


Another possible issue that may be causing your dryer not to heat appropriately is a broken or faulty thermostat, which is the device responsible for initiating the process of heating your dryer. If the thermostat is broken or defective, it won’t be able to send the power needed to the heating element, causing your dryer not to heat up.

Test your dryer’s motor


Another possible cause of a dryer not heating up is a broken motor. The motor inside of your dryer is responsible for spinning the drum. If the motor isn’t working, the dryer won’t be able to heat.

Conclusion


Dryers are helpful appliances when it comes time to do our laundry, but they can also be temperamental. If you’re having issues with your dryer not heating up, there are many possible culprits. However, by taking the time to troubleshoot the problem, you can solve it and get your dryer back up and running.


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