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Dryer not working

Common reasons your dryer not working

The most common reasons your dryer is not working are a defective timer, failed door switch or a broken drum belt.

  • 57%

    57% of the time it's the

  • 18%

    18% of the time it's the
    Door Switch

  • 12%

    12% of the time it's the
    Drum Belt

  • 13%

    13% 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.

    Timer Replacement

    If your dryer isn't functioning, a faulty timer might be to blame. The timer controls different parts of the dryer through switches or contacts. If it's not working properly, it won't activate the drive motor. If your dryer won't start, it's best to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect it and replace the timer if needed.

    Door Switch Replacement

    If your dryer isn't functioning, a malfunctioning door switch might be the issue. This switch detects if the dryer door is closed, but if it's not working properly, it won't register that the door is shut. As a result, the dryer won't start even when the door is closed. If you encounter this problem, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect your dryer. They will replace the door switch if it's found to be defective.

    Drum Belt Replacement

    If your dryer isn't functioning, a faulty drum belt might be the culprit. This belt loops around the dryer drum and links to the drive motor pulley, allowing the motor to spin the drum. With wear and tear over time, the belt can become worn out and eventually break. There's a safety mechanism in place: a switch on the idler pulley detects if the drive belt is broken, preventing the motor from starting. If your dryer fails to start, it's recommended to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect it. They'll replace the drum belt if necessary.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer not working issue

    How to repair a dryer not working problem

    Addressing most issues where the dryer isn't working typically requires replacing the timer, door switch, or drum belt. However, given the various potential causes, conducting a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem effectively. An accurate diagnosis is vital for determining the cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services solutions for a dryer that is not working

    If your dryer isn't working, there could be various reasons behind it. To avoid replacing unnecessary parts, we suggest having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the root cause of the issue. Our technicians possess extensive experience in diagnosing all sorts of dryer malfunctions.

    What to watch out for with a dryer not working diagnosis

    Identifying issues with modern appliances can be tough without the right expertise. Trying to solve problems with your dryer without proper diagnostic methods may result in replacing parts based on guesswork. Appliances, especially those made in the last decade, have advanced significantly, with electronic components that are challenging to assess. Fixing the latest appliance models through DIY repairs is getting harder.

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    He was professional and polite. I didn't call back later that afternoon, although he replaced a thermostat the smart dry timer doesn't work as I was still having the same issue. The lady said she would email him and have him return. Never heard from anyone else.

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