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Samsung dryer isn't heating

Common reasons your Samsung dryer isn't heating

The most common reasons your Samsung dryer isn't heating are an open heating element, failed thermal cut-off fuse or a defective electronic control board.

  • 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
    Electronic Control Board

  • 22%

    22% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Samsung dryer

    Heating Element Replacement

    An open heating element could be causing the problem when your dryer isn't heating. “Open” means that the heating element is broken and current isn’t flowing through the element to produce heat. You may not see physical damage on the heating element for it to be electrically open. An interior break in the continuity of the element can prevent it from heating. When your dryer isn’t heating, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and fix the dryer.


    Thermal Cut-off Fuse Replacement

    A failed thermal cut-off fuse will prevent your dryer from heating. This fuse is a safety device that helps keep the dryer from overheating. Overheating is often caused by a clogged exhaust vent system in the dryer. Once the thermal cut-off fuse trips, it won’t reset. You’ll need to have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and replace the blown thermal cut-off fuse. The technician will check for the cause of the blown fuse and correct any additional problems so the dryer will heat and run properly after replacing the fuse.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    When your dryer isn't heating, a defective control board could be causing the problem. The electronic control board monitors temperature through a sensor and sends electrical current to the heating element or gas burner to heat the dryer and maintain drying temperature inside the drum. When the dryer won’t heat, a relay on the electronic control board may have failed. To fix the problem, have a Sears Home Services Technician diagnose and repair the heating failure.

    What to expect when you experience a Samsung dryer isn't heating issue

    How is the isn't heating problem fixed?

    Correcting most isn't heating problems usually involves replacing the heating element, thermal cut-off fuse or electronic control board. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dryer that isn't heating

    When the dryer isn't heating it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dryer failures.

    What to look out for with a dryer isn't heating diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dryer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

    Samsung Dryer Will Not Heat

    When your Samsung dryer will not heat and it’s a gas model, check the gas supply.

    • Check the gas supply cut-off valve to make sure that it’s open. Open that valve if you find it shut.
    • Check the other gas appliances in your home such as the gas stove to see if you have an adequate gas supply provided to your home.
    • Call your gas supplier if you have problems with the gas supply going to your home.

    For an electric Samsung dryer that will not heat, check the house circuit breakers for the dryer. Reset the house circuit breakers if you find them tripped.

    If these basic troubleshooting tips don’t help you fix the problem when your Samsung dryer will not heat, schedule dryer repair service to have an experienced Sears Home Services technician visit your home and repair the dryer.

    Samsung Multi Steam Moisture Sensor Dryer Not Heating

    When you have an electric Samsung Multi Steam Moisture Sensor dryer is not heating, check the house circuit breakers for the dryer. The dryer motor will run if only one of the two 120-volt legs of 240-volt power is provided to the dryer. If the 2nd leg of 120-volt power is missing, the dryer won’t heat. Reset the house circuit breaker if you find one of the two house circuit breakers for the dryer tripped.

    If the breakers are okay, a broken heating element is the most likely cause of a Samsung Multi Steam Moisture Sensor dryer not heating. A failed electronic control board, blown thermal cut-off fuse, defective thermistor (temperature sensor) or wiring failure or additional common problems that will keep the dryer from heating.

    For a gas Samsung Multi Steam Moisture Sensor dryer not heating, check the gas supply cut-off valve to make sure it’s fully open. Open that cut-off valve if you find it shut.

    Check other gas appliances in your home to see if they’re working to determine whether your house has an adequate gas supply for the dryer. Contact your gas provider if none of your gas appliances work.

    Other problems that can prevent a Samsung Multi Steam Moisture Sensor dryer from heating include:

    • Blown thermal fuse.
    • Defective electronic control board.
    • Weak gas valve coils.
    • Blown thermal cut-off fuse.
    • Defective thermistor.
    • Bad flame sensor.
    • Wiring failure.

    Schedule dryer repair service to have an experienced Sears Home Services technician visit your home and fix these types of failures when your Samsung Multi Steam Moisture Sensor dryer is not heating.

    Samsung Dryer DV40J3000EW/A2 Not Heating

    When your Samsung dryer DV40J3000EW/A2 is not heating, check the house circuit breakers for the dryer. One of the two circuit breakers could have tripped.

    The dryer motor will run if one of the circuit breakers has tripped and one is okay. The dryer won’t heat without both circuit breakers turned on. Reset the house circuit breakers if you find one tripped. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether a circuit breaker has tripped so it’s best to turn off the circuit breakers and then turn them back on.

    See if the dryer heats after resetting the house circuit breakers.

    If the house circuit breakers for the dryer okay, a broken heating element is the most common cause for a Samsung dryer DV40J3000EW/A2 not heating. Schedule dryer repair service to have an experienced Sears Home Services technician diagnose and repair the heating failure. The technician will replace the heating element if it’s broken or fix the dryer after completing an expert diagnosis of the dryer heating failure.

    Samsung Dryer DV42H5000EW/A3 Not Heating

    When your Samsung dryer DV42H5000EW/A3 is not heating, a power supply issue could be causing the problem. This Samsung dryer requires 240-volts to heat the dryer. If one of the house circuit breakers for the dryer is tripped, the element won’t heat. Reset both house circuit breakers for the dryer to ensure they’re both turned on.

    If the dryer still won’t heat after resetting both circuit breakers, a broken heating element is the most likely cause of the heating failure.

    Other failures that could be causing the problem when your Samsung dryer DV42H5000EW/A3 is not heating include:

    • Defective electronic control board.
    • Blown thermal cut-off fuse.
    • Bad high-limit safety thermostat.
    • Defective thermistor (temperature sensor).
    • Failed contact in the drive motor centrifugal switch.
    • Wiring failure.

    Schedule clothes dryer repair service to have a Sears Home Services technician diagnose and repair your Samsung dryer DV42H5000EW/A3 not heating failure.

    What To Do When Your Samsung Dryer Won’t Dry

    Heating problems are common when your Samsung dryer won’t dry. Clogged dryer venting can be the root cause of heating failures in the dryer.

    When your Samsung dryer won’t dry clothes, check the lint screen and clean that screen if it’s covered with lint. Also, wash the lint screen with water and soft bristle brush to clean dryer sheet and fabric softener residue from the screen. Follow these steps to clear the exhaust vent duct system going to the outside of your home:

    1. Unplug the dryer and shut off the gas supply if you have a gas dryer.
    2. Move the dryer forward and clean the flexible vent hose behind the dryer.
    3. Clean the exhaust vent duct system going to the outside of your home. Have a vent cleaning service clean the duct system if you’re unable to clean that area yourself.
    4. Clean and lubricate the damper on the vent cover at the outside of your home.

    If the dryer isn’t heating, have a service technician fix that problem so your Samsung dryer will dry clothes properly.

    Samsung Multi Steam Dryer Not Heating

    If you have a gas Samsung Multi Steam dryer not heating, check the gas supply for the dryer. See if the gas supply cut-off valve is fully open. Open up that valve if you find it shut.

    Check the other gas appliances in your home to see if they’re getting gas. If not, contact your gas provider to restore the gas supply going to your house.

    If the gas supply is okay, weak gas valve coils are a leading cause of a gas Samsung Multi Steam dryer not heating. Schedule clothes dryer repair service to have a Sears Home Services technician diagnose and repair the heating failure.

    If you have an electric Samsung Multi Steam dryer not heating, reset the house circuit breakers for the dryer. The motor will run if only one of the circuit breakers tripped but the dryer won’t heat. Resetting both circuit breaker may provide the dryer with the needed power to operate the heating element.

    If the dryer won’t heat after resetting the house circuit breakers, have your Samsung dryer serviced by an appliance technician. Technician will check the heating element, electronic control board and wiring to find and fix the cause of the heating failure.

    Samsung Gas Dryer Not Drying

    A common cause for a Samsung gas dryer not drying clothes is a blown thermal fuse which prevents the dryer from heating. The thermal fuse typically trips when the exhaust air vent system of the dryer is clogged with lint and/or debris.

    Follow these troubleshooting tips to clear a clogged exhaust vent duct system in a Samsung gas dryer not drying.

    • Clear lint from the lint screen. Clean that lint screen before starting each load.
    • Wash the lint screen monthly using water and a soft bristle brush to remove dryer sheet and fabric softener residue from the screen. Allow the screen to dry completely before installing it back into the dryer.
    • Unplug the dryer and shut off the gas supply if you have a gas dryer.
    • Move the dryer forward and take off the flexible vent hose on the back of the dryer. Clean that vent hose thoroughly using a brush and vacuum cleaner.
    • Clean the lint duct system going to the outside of your home. Have a lint duct cleaning service clean the dryer vent system if you’re unable to clean it yourself.

    After clearing the exhaust vent system going to the outside of your home, have a service technician fix the heating system if your Samsung gas dryer isn’t heating.

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