A dryer not working is one of the common irritations of any homeowner or renter. It's a simple enough process that you have done a thousand times before , it's not rocket science right? You do this process time and again but this time your clothes come out damp or half way dry and these are reasons why that is the case.
These reasons are split into 2 scenarios. One is when you are not getting enough heat where your clothes come out halfway done, and the other scenario is when you are not getting heat at all.
Now, let’s dive in and see what are the 9 reasons why your dryer is not heating!
1. Lint Filter Blockage
All dryers have lint filters - these are what help the dryer primarily catch lint before the hot air goes
to the vent. The filter also minimizes the risk of house fires as lint is very combustible. Make a good practice to check your link filter before and after use.
2. Dryer Overload
Overloading your dryer is a bad practice, as it leads to the dryer operating inefficiently and eventually damaging the dryer. In order to avoid unnecessary dryer repair costs, leave enough room in the dryer for the clothes to move around freely in the tumbler this will also allow enough hot hair to dry your clothes efficiently.
3. Circut Breaker & Wall Socket Problems
4. Thermal Cut-Off Fuse
This is the fuse that is responsible to cut electric supply to the heating element. If there is too much lint that increases the temperature past one set by the manufacturer, it will blow it so as not to cause any damage to the heating element or cause a house fire. Please do not test any of these components if you don't know what you're doing. It's better to call a qualified technician to carry out the diagnostics and dryer repair services.
5. High-Limit Thermostat
This is the component that helps regulate the heat in the dryer to make sure that the heating element goes on and off when it's supposed to for the dryer to work at optimum efficiency.
6. Moisture Sensor
Some newer dryers have this component that tells the motherboard of the dryer whether the clothes are dry or not based on the amount of moisture in the clothes at any given time of the drying process. This component often breaks down, requiring appliance repair.
7. Heating Element
One of the reasons why your dryer is not heating is the heating element. This is the primary part of the dryer that heats up the air inside the dryer to a certain temperature for the clothes to properly dry. If the heating element is damaged the dryer will not heat and clothes will not be dried. Please do not try to test these components for your own safety call an experienced technician to perform the diagnosis.
8. No Gas (Not Enough Gas)
Please check the following:
9. Igniter Problems
If you're using a gas dryer then it should have an igniter to combust the gas into heat. These igniters usually go out through wear and tear or through excessive lint build-up. You might need to change your dryer’s igniter. Please do not test these components for your safety, call an experienced technician to perform the diagnosis.
These are some of the reasons why your dryer is not heating. As most dryers use electricity or gas it is not recommended for you to do the diagnosis yourself. Instead, it is recommended to get a qualified technician to look at your dryer and identify the problem!