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Dryer light not working

Common reasons your dryer light not working

The most common reasons your dryer light is not working are a faulty thermal fuse, defective power supply board or a failed door switch.

  • 63%

    63% of the time it's the
    Thermal Fuse

  • 19%

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

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Door Switch

  • 5%

    5% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dryer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dryer parts may fix your problem.

    Thermal Fuse Replacement

    A malfunctioning or blown thermal fuse might cause the light to stop working in certain dryers. This fuse acts as a safety measure, tripping when the dryer gets too hot. In some dryers, the control board will shut down all dryer functions if the thermal fuse blows. Consequently, if the light circuit is affected by the blown fuse, the light will cease to work. If your dryer light isn't functioning, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Expert inspect your dryer and replace the blown thermal fuse if necessary.


    Power Supply Board Replacement

    A faulty power supply board could be the reason why the dryer light isn't functioning. This board is responsible for distributing electrical current from the dryer's power cord to various components, including the electronic control board. If the power supply board fails to provide power to the light board or the circuit controlling the dryer light, the drum light will not operate. Should you encounter this issue, it's recommended to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect your dryer. If the power supply board is found to be defective, the technician will replace it accordingly.

    Door Switch Replacement

    If the dryer light isn't working, a malfunctioning door switch might be the culprit. This switch is designed to detect whether the dryer door is open or closed. However, if the door switch fails, it won't register when the door is open, resulting in the light not turning on even when the door is open. It's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect your dryer if you encounter this issue. If the door switch is found to be faulty, the technician will replace it accordingly.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer light not working issue

    How to fix the light not working problem

    Fixing most issues with the dryer light not working typically requires replacing either the thermal fuse, power supply board, or door switch. However, since there could be various underlying causes, it's crucial to conduct a thorough diagnosis to address the problem accurately. Having an accurate diagnosis is essential for determining the extent of the repair needed.

    Sears Home Services solutions for a dryer light that is not working

    If the dryer light isn't functioning, several factors could be responsible. To avoid unnecessary part replacements, we advise having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the underlying issue. Our technicians possess expertise in diagnosing various types of dryer malfunctions.

    What to look for with a dryer light not working diagnosis

    Understanding and diagnosing issues with modern appliances can pose challenges without adequate knowledge and training. Attempting repairs without employing proper diagnostic methods often results in merely replacing parts based on guesswork. Over the past decade, appliances have evolved significantly, with many incorporating intricate electronic components that are challenging to assess. Consequently, do-it-yourself repairs on contemporary appliance models are growing progressively more complex.

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