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Admiral dryer not turning on

Common reasons your Admiral dryer is not turning on

The most common reasons your Admiral dryer is not turning on are a defective electronic control board, defective power supply board or an open heating element.

  • 61%

    61% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 19%

    19% of the time it's the
    Power Supply Board

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix an Admiral dryer

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    When your dryer is not turning on, a defective electronic control board could be preventing the control panel from powering up. Wires connect the user interface control board in the control panel to the electronic control board inside the dryer. When a defective electronic control board fails to send power and proper signals to the user interface control and control panel, the dryer won’t turn on. When your dryer is completely dead, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and fix the problem.


    Power Supply Board Replacement

    If the dryer is not turning on, a defective power supply board may need replacing. The power supply board distributes electrical current from the dryer power cord to the electronic control board and other components in the dryer. When the power supply board doesn’t send power to the electronic control board or the control panel, the dryer won’t power up. When your dryer is completely dead, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and check the dryer. The technician will replace the power supply board if it’s defective.

    Heating Element Replacement

    An open heating element could be causing the problem when your dryer is not turning on. An open (or broken) heating element can short against metal inside the dryer cabinet and cause the house circuit breaker for the dryer to trip. If you reset the tripped breaker and it trips right away when you try to turn the dryer on, then you should have a Sears Home Services Technician check the dryer. The technician will replace the heating element if it’s open.

    What to expect when you experience an Admiral dryer not turning on issue

    How is the not turning on problem fixed?

    Correcting most not turning on problems usually involves replacing the electronic control board, power supply board or heating element. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dryer that is not turning on

    When the dryer is not turning on it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dryer failures.

    What to look out for with a dryer not turning on diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dryer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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    Additional resources to help you fix your Admiral dryer

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    Clean Your Dryer Vent Regularly

    It’s one of the biggest reasons why dryers fail. Cleaning a dryer vent can be easy. First unplug the dryer from gas and electric hookups, and turn off the gas if necessary.

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    These 3 Dryer Life Hacks Will Change How You Do Laundry

    Did you know that with the help of a few household items, your dryer could de-wrinkle your clothes, make blankets fluffier and eliminate static cling?

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    How Long Do Dryers Last?

    The actual lifespan of your dryer depends on factors like how often you use it, whether you habitually overload it and how consistent you are about cleaning the lint trap.

    Additional possible Admiral dryer symptoms you may experience

    • Admiral dryer no heat
    • Admiral dryer no power
    • Admiral dryer not drying
    • Admiral dryer not heating
    • Admiral dryer not spinning
    • Admiral dryer not starting
    • Admiral dryer not working