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Dryer not cooling down

Common reasons your dryer not cooling down

The most common reasons your dryer is not cooling down are an open heating element, broken drum belt or a defective electronic control board.

  • 55%

    55% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 25%

    25% of the time it's the
    Drum Belt

  • 9%

    9% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 11%

    11% 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.

    Heating Element Replacement

    If the heating element in your dryer is open, it might hinder the cooling process at the end of a drying cycle, especially if it's shorting against metal within the dryer cabinet. This shorting can cause the heating to persist instead of shutting off as intended at the cycle's end. If your clothes feel overly hot at the end of a cycle, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect your dryer and replace the faulty heating element if necessary.


    Drum Belt Replacement

    A worn or damaged drum belt can hinder the cooling process at the end of a drying cycle in your dryer. This belt connects to the drive motor pulley, enabling it to rotate the dryer drum. Over time, the belt may stretch, causing the drum to spin slower than usual. Consequently, the strain on the drive motor increases, leading to a decrease in motor speed. As a result, the blower wheel spins at a slower rate, failing to circulate air effectively through the drum to cool the clothes. If your laundry remains excessively warm at the end of the drying cycle, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect your dryer and replace the worn drum belt if necessary.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If the relay on the electronic control board becomes stuck closed, it can hinder the cooling process of a dryer at the end of a drying cycle. This malfunction causes the continuous supply of current to the heater throughout the cycle, preventing the heating element from shutting off to allow clothes to cool down properly. If your clothes remain excessively hot at the cycle's end, it is advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect your dryer and replace the defective electronic control board as needed.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer not cooling down issue

    How is a not cooling down problem fixed?

    Resolving most issues with the dryer not cooling down typically requires replacing components such as the heating element, drum belt, or electronic control board. However, due to various potential causes, conducting a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for addressing the problem effectively. An accurate diagnosis is essential for determining the cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services solutions for a dryer that is not cooling down

    If your dryer is not cooling down, there could be several underlying reasons. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we advise having a Sears Home Services expert conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact issue. Our technicians possess extensive experience in diagnosing various dryer malfunctions.

    What to watch for with a dryer not cooling down diagnosis

    Identifying issues with modern appliances can be tough without the right knowledge and training. Simply swapping out parts without proper diagnosis might not solve your dryer problem. Appliances, especially newer ones, have gotten more complex in the last decade, with electronic components that are tricky to assess. DIY fixes on the latest models are getting harder.

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