To troubleshoot a clothes dryer that keeps turning off, inspect the most common failing parts, including the drive motor, drum roller, slide and bearings. If the common troubleshooting tips do not solve the issue, consult a professional technician for further advice.
Common dryer parts that fail include:
- Drive motor
- Drum roller or axle
- Drum slides or glides
- Drum bearings and support bearings
- Control board
The drive motor controls both the blower wheel and the drum, so a bound wheel or clogged blower can be a symptom of a bad drive motor.
The drum utilizes rollers to spin, so a drum that stops mid-cycle may not be able to spin freely because of worn rollers or axles.
The drum rotates on plastic slides and glides, which can wear down, causing the drum to stop spinning until they are replaced.
The bearings on the drum rollers need to function properly for the drum to spin freely, and squeaking or sticking bearings can cause the drum to lock up mid-cycle.
The control board is the least likely culprit, it senses how dry the clothes are during the drying cycle. If the cycle is stopping prematurely, the sensors on the control board could be malfunctioning.
If the above items are not the cause of a dryer stopping mid-cycle, call a professional for further advice.