Dryer Not Heating?

By Fix4U Team
Dryer, Laundry Appliances

You toss your clothes in the dryer, eagerly press start, and realize 20 minutes later your clothes are still damp. Annoying right? When a dryer fails to heat up and dry clothes, it creates huge hassles.

But don’t worry – most causes of a dryer not heating are simple to diagnose and repair. This troubleshooting guide from Fix4U Repairs will cover the common reasons dryers won’t get hot and help you get yours heating properly again.

Why Is Your Dryer Not Heating?

Lack of dryer heat usually stems from one of these component failures:

  • Clogged Lint Screen: If the lint screen is totally blocked by debris buildup, airflow is restricted so the heating element can’t warm up.
  • Plugged Vent Duct: Like a clogged lint screen, blockages in the external vent duct don’t allow proper airflow for heating element operation.
  • Burnt Out Heating Element: The electric heating element has probably burned out if it no longer warms up during cycles. Visually inspect it for broken coils.
  • Blown Thermal Fuse: The thermal fuse shuts off power if airflow is restricted to prevent fires. No continuity means blown fuse.
  • Defective Thermostats: Cycling and high-limit thermostats control heating element operation. Failed thermostats cause no heat.
  • Gas Valve Problems: On gas dryers, issues with valves and regulator temperature controls can result in low or no heat.

How to Troubleshoot Lack of Dryer Heat

Start basic dryer heating troubleshooting with these steps:

  • Check exhaust duct for debris & lint blocking airflow. Remove clogs.
  • Verify heating element is getting 120V power during cycles by testing terminals.
  • Inspect heating element coils and thermostats for visible damage. Test continuity.
  • Confirm proper gas valve operation on gas dryers based on manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure the dryer is on the proper cycle and temperature setting.
  • Test components like fuses, thermostats, valves, etc. with a multimeter for proper functioning.

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How to Fix a Dryer Not Heating Up

Once the issue is found, dryer heating fixes are straightforward:

Replace Heating Element

  1. Unplug dryer and remove back panel to access element.
  2. Disconnect element wires, remove screws, and slide out element.
  3. Install replacement element, reconnect wires, and secure screws.

Replace Blown Thermal Fuse

  1. Check for fuse hidden in housing behind back panel or near vent.
  2. Pull out fuse, test continuity, and replace if blown.
  3. Clip new fuse into place and test operation.

Clear Vent Duct Obstruction

  1. Disconnect duct from dryer and use a duct brush to dislodge lint and debris clogging duct.
  2. Vacuum duct completely. Reattach to dryer vent tightly.
  3. Clean lint screen and verify duct airflow improved.

Preventing Future Dryer Heating Problems

Follow these maintenance tips for consistent heat:

  • Clean lint screen before every load to maintain airflow.
  • Detach and scrub vent ducts yearly to remove lint and debris clogs.
  • Confirm vent duct is properly sized, stretched, and directed outside per standards.
  • Ensure proper clearance behind dryer for heating element exposure.
  • Have heating element and thermostats tested annually to identify failures early.

When you need reliable dryer heat, don’t waste time with endless troubleshooting. The repair experts at Fix4U Repairs have the advanced training and experience to quickly diagnose any dryer heating issue and get repairs completed promptly. Contact us at (647) 363-5205 to schedule service!

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