When Dryer Not Heating Up

Few things are more frustrating than finding your clothes wet in the dryer. Is your dryer not heating up? First check for the most common reasons for an electric or gas dryer not heating, such as a tripped circuit breaker, clogged vent, or no gas flow.

If you stay calm, gather your tools, and follow this guide, you may be able to solve basic dryer heating problems on your own. If our simple troubleshooting steps don’t get your dryer going, or you simply don’t have the time to fix the problem, schedule appliance repair service with the experienced professionals at your local Hill Country Repairs.

Why Is My Dryer Not Heating? The Most Common Answers

Start by checking for the easiest potential problems you can fix yourself. Here are some common issues that can prevent a dryer from heating:

  • The dryer is not plugged in.
  • The dryer door isn’t completely closed.
  • The dryer vent, lint trap and/or lint screen is suffocating the heating element.

When the heating element is blocked with debris, it overheats and shuts down the thermostat. Clean off the lint screen, and use a vacuum attachment to clean out the lint trap. Remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer, and shake it out. You might be surprised by all the trinkets that accumulate in dryer vent hoses.

  • There is no gas flow.

If you have a gas dryer, make sure you paid your gas bill on time and that the gas valve feeding the dryer is on.

  • There’s a tripped circuit breaker in your electrical panel.

Electric dryers need two 120v breakers to work: one to run the motor that turns the drum, and one to power the heating element. Those breakers can trip independently in some cases, depending on how the electrician wired the panel. One tripped breaker would explain why the drum is turning while the dryer is stone cold. If any breakers are tripped in your electrical panel, reset them.

  • Maybe the problem isn’t your dryer at all.

Check your washing machine’s performance. Is the spin cycle wringing enough water out of your clothes? Sopping-wet fabric will take forever to dry in any dryer.

Why Is My Dryer Not Heating?: The More Complex Answers

If none of the common issues seemed to be the culprit for your dryer’s malfunction, your unit may have one of these issues:

  • A faulty thermal fuse
  • A broken heating element
  • A broken thermostat
  • A defective timer motor
  • A complex electrical or gas issue

Some homeowners may try to test and replace these elements on their own, though this route is fairly complex, and thorough testing is recommended in order to positively diagnose the issue and eliminate safety concerns.

Dryer Not Heating Still, Even After Troubleshooting? Call the Experts

If you’ve reached the end of your troubleshooting capabilities and your dryer is still not drying, you’ll likely need professional diagnostic and repair help. Whenever gas or electricity is involved, it’s always safest to call in a trained expert to handle the job.

For more than 24 years, Hill Country Repairs franchisees have provided dryer repair and maintenance to help families meet their daily basic needs. Let us lighten your load by inspecting and servicing your dryer. Call us today at (512) 730-1559 or schedule dryer service online.

Are electrical issues part of the reason your dryer’s not drying? Hill Country Repairs can upgrade your electrical panel and keep your dryer hot for many loads to come.

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