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Dryer stopped working

Common reasons your dryer stopped working

The most common reasons your dryer stopped working are an open heating element, faulty thermal fuse or a worn drum bearing.

  • 63%

    63% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 17%

    17% of the time it's the
    Thermal Fuse

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Drum Bearing

  • 10%

    10% 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 has ceased operation, it's possible that an open heating element is to blame. An open, or broken, heating element might come into contact with metal inside the dryer cabinet, leading to the tripping of the circuit breaker. If you reset the tripped breaker and it immediately trips again when you initiate a heated cycle, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect the dryer. The technician will replace the heating element if it's found to be open.


    Thermal Fuse Replacement

    If your dryer fails to start, a faulty or blown thermal fuse could be the culprit. Positioned on the blower housing, the thermal fuse acts as a safety measure, tripping when the dryer reaches excessive heat levels. In most electric dryers, this results in the motor being disabled. Similarly, in certain gas dryers, a blown thermal fuse halts motor operation. A common cause of overheating and subsequent thermal fuse failure is a clogged exhaust vent system. If your dryer isn't functioning, it's advisable to request a visit from a Sears Home Services Technician, who will replace the blown thermal fuse if necessary.

    Drum Bearing Replacement

    When the dryer ceases to operate, a worn drum bearing may be to blame, causing the drive motor to overheat. Friction from this worn part can lead to overheating, triggering the motor's overload protection mechanism. Furthermore, a worn drum bearing can impede the drum and blower wheel's rotation, potentially causing the thermal fuse to blow. If your dryer malfunctions, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect it. They'll assess the condition of the drum bearing and replace it if it's worn.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer stopped working issue

    How can I fix a dryer that stopped working?

    Addressing most issues where the dryer has stopped working typically entails replacing components such as the heating element, thermal fuse, or drum bearing. However, given the variety of potential causes, 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 has stopped working

    If your dryer has ceased to function, there could be various reasons behind it. To avoid unnecessary part replacements, we suggest having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the root cause of the issue. Our technicians possess expertise in diagnosing all sorts of dryer malfunctions.

    What to consider with a dryer stopped working diagnosis

    Understanding and diagnosing modern appliances without adequate knowledge and training can pose challenges. Attempting to address issues without employing proper diagnostic methods may result in 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 the latest appliance models are becoming progressively more complex.

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