Q:

Why is my dryer not getting hot?

A:

Quick Answer

Unfortunately, there is not one simple answer for why a dryer will not heat up. However, there are a few other reasons that can be checked to determine the root cause of the problem at hand. Learning about these reasons can help a person figure out if they need to call a professional to repair the problem or if they need a new dryer.

Continue Reading
Why is my dryer not getting hot?
Credit: Maskot Maskot Getty Images

Full Answer

The most common reason for a dryer not heating up or not working at all is a tripped circuit breaker. Checking this first can save people from having to hire a professional to come to their home, only to tell them that the breaker is the cause. Another reason is a burnt out heating coil. This part is harder to reach, but several online guides exist that can help users locate the right portion within the dryer. Typically, a burnt out coil looks similar to the filament within a light bulb once it has burnt out.

Other reasons are thermostats that no longer work and the thermal fuse. However, without a lot of training these are harder to diagnosis and typically a professional appliance repairman is needed to fix these. For those with some knowledge about how dryers operate, some of these repairs can be completed with the use of online guides for the specific make and model of the appliance.

Learn more about Washers & Dryers

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How should you vent a dryer?

    A:

    Making a vent for a dryer requires drilling a hole in the outside wall to attach the vent from the dryer to the outside. It also requires a vent cover to prevent outdoor debris and animals from entering the vent.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What should you do to fix a dryer?

    A:

    The process of repairing a dryer depends on the nature of the problem; dryers that stop working completely likely have a problem with their electrical connection, a fuse or the door switch. Little to no cooling can be caused by a damaged heating element or ventilation.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you vent a dryer?

    A:

    To vent a dryer, find the best exit route for the metal duct, measure the path, drill the vent hole, install the vent cap outside, and then connect the duct to the vent cap and the dryer. For vents longer than a few feet, secure the duct work with supports.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What causes a dryer to overheat?

    A:

    One of the most common causes for an overheating dryer is restricted airflow. A clogged lint filter, improper venting and dirty ductwork can all restrict airflow.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore