Sears Home Services
appointment lookup logoAppointment Lookup
telephone logo646-440-2692
RepairHome WarrantyHome ImprovementClean & MaintainShop PartsBlog
RepairHome WarrantyHome ImprovementClean & MaintainShop PartsBlog
appointment lookup logoAppointment Lookup
  1. Repair
  2. Speed Queen
  1. Repair
  2. Speed Queen

Speed Queen dryer not starting

Common reasons your Speed Queen dryer is not starting

The most common reasons your Speed Queen dryer is not starting are a faulty thermal fuse, failed door switch or a broken drum belt.

  • 64%

    64% of the time it's the
    Thermal Fuse

  • 14%

    14% of the time it's the
    Door Switch

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Drum Belt

  • 9%

    9% of the time it's the
    Something else

  • Schedule your dryer repair now!

    We can help! Our service technicians have the expertise to fix your Speed Queen dryer - no matter where you bought it!

    Call (646) 440-2692 or schedule online now.

    Most common repairs needed to fix a Speed Queen dryer

    Thermal Fuse Replacement

    A faulty or blown thermal fuse can keep the dryer from starting. The thermal fuse is a safety device mounted on the blower housing that trips when the dryer overheats. The thermal fuse in most electric dryers prevents the motor from running. In some gas dryers, a blown thermal fuse will also prevent the motor from running. A clogged exhaust vent system often causes the dryer to overheat and the thermal fuse to blow. When the dryer won’t run, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and fix the dryer. The technician will replace the thermal fuse if it’s blown.


    Door Switch Replacement

    If your dryer is not starting, a failed door switch could be causing the problem. The door switch detects when the dryer door is shut. A failed door switch won’t sense whether the door is closed properly. The dryer won’t start even through the door is closed when the door switch is bad. Have a Sears Home Services Technician check your dryer when it won’t start. The technician will replace the door switch if it is defective.

    Drum Belt Replacement

    When your dryer won’t start a cycle, a broken drum belt could be causing the problem. The drum belt wraps around the dryer drum and connects to the drive motor pulley. The drive motor rotates the belt to spin the drum. Over time, the drum belt becomes worn and can break. A switch on the idler pulley prevents the motor from starting when it senses that the drive belt is broken. When the dryer won’t start, have a Sears Home Services Technician check your dryer and replace the drum belt if it’s broken.

    What to expect when you experience a Speed Queen dryer not starting issue

    How is the not starting problem fixed?

    Correcting most not starting problems usually involves replacing the thermal fuse, door switch or drum belt. 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 is not starting

    When the dryer is not starting 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 not starting 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.

    What our customers say about us

    With more than 1.3 Million 5 Star Reviews, you don't have to take our word for it

    Excellent service from Daniel

    Daniel provided excellent service and was very quick to perform the repair. I have nothing good to say about the warranty program and the LACK of customer service and the inability to contact a human being to talk.


    Tammy M, Hilton, NY

    Satisfied customer

    Excellent technician Very thorough and detail oriented Would be happy to have him work on appliances again He managed to find our ranch headquarters in the middle of the desert


    Rose W, Las Cruces, NM

    Dryer service

    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.


    Terry F, Oklahoma City, OK

    Additional resources to help you fix your Speed Queen dryer

    dryer-blog-image-46.jpg
    How to Save Money by Using Your Clothes Dryer Efficiently

    Using your dryer efficiently can indeed help you save money on your utility bills. It will also help your dryer last longer — saving you money on dryer replacement costs over time.

    dryer-blog-image-50.jpg
    Clean Your Dryer Vent Regularly

    It’s one of the biggest reasons why dryers fail. Cleaning a dryer vent can be easy. First unplug the dryer from gas and electric hookups, and turn off the gas if necessary.

    dryer-blog-image-52.png
    Dryer Repair or DIY? Common Dryer Problems

    Don’t get hung out to dry! Take a look at our helpful dryer repair advice for common problems. We’ll help you decide whether you can fix a dryer problem yourself and when you need to call in a professional to fix your clothes dryer.

    Additional possible Speed Queen dryer symptoms you may experience

    • Speed Queen dryer drum roller replacement
    • Speed Queen dryer light not working
    • Speed Queen dryer no heat
    • Speed Queen dryer not drying
    • Speed Queen dryer not heating
    • Speed Queen dryer not turning on
    • Speed Queen dryer not working