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Dryer not heating

Common reasons your dryer not heating

The most common reasons your dryer is not heating are an open heating element, failed thermal cut-off fuse or a faulty thermal fuse.

  • 71%

    71% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 4%

    4% of the time it's the
    Thermal Cut-off Fuse

  • 3%

    3% of the time it's the
    Thermal Fuse

  • 22%

    22% 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 your dryer isn't heating, it's possible that an open heating element is to blame. "Open" in this context indicates that the heating element is damaged, causing a disruption in the flow of current needed to generate heat. Even if there's no visible damage on the heating element, it could still be electrically open due to an internal break in its continuity, preventing it from heating. When you encounter heating issues with your dryer, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician come to your home to address and repair the problem.


    Thermal Cut-off Fuse Replacement

    If your dryer isn't heating, a failed thermal cut-off fuse might be the culprit. This fuse serves as a safety mechanism to prevent the dryer from overheating, often caused by a clogged exhaust vent system. Once the thermal cut-off fuse is triggered, it cannot be reset. In this case, you'll need to schedule a visit from a Sears Home Services Technician to replace the blown thermal cut-off fuse. The technician will investigate the cause of the blown fuse and address any additional issues to ensure the dryer operates properly and heats effectively after the fuse replacement.

    Thermal Fuse Replacement

    If your gas dryer isn't heating, a blown thermal fuse might be to blame. This safety device, located on the blower housing, is designed to trip when the dryer overheats. However, a faulty thermal fuse might trip at a lower temperature than intended. If your gas dryer fails to heat up, you can schedule a repair appointment with Sears Home Services. We'll dispatch an in-home technician to address the issue. The technician will inspect the thermal fuse and replace it if it's blown.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer not heating issue

    How is the dryer not heating problem fixed?

    Addressing most issues with heating typically requires replacing components such as the heating element, thermal cut-off fuse, or thermal fuse. However, given the various potential causes, a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem effectively. An accurate diagnosis is essential for determining the cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services offers solutions for a dryer that is not heating

    If your dryer is not heating, there could be various reasons for it. To avoid replacing unnecessary parts, we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the root cause of the issue. Our technicians are skilled at diagnosing all sorts of dryer problems.

    What to watch for with a dryer not heating diagnosis

    Understanding and fixing issues with modern appliances can be tough without the right knowledge and training. Without using the correct diagnostic methods, trying to repair your dryer might mean just guessing and replacing parts. Appliances, particularly those made in the last decade, have become very advanced, with electronic components that are hard to check. DIY repairs on the newest appliance models are getting harder.

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