Q:

Why won't my electric dryer heat up?

A:

Quick Answer

There are many reasons an electric dryer might not heat up, and the most common reason is the heating element needs to be replaced. Another possibility is that it is being plugged into a low voltage outlet.

Know More

Full Answer

Mary Marlowe Leverette, laundry expert for the About website, says the first and most comical reason that electric dryers don't heat up is due to being unplugged. It is a simple oversight, particularly for people moving to a new house and rushing to set up appliances. Before calling a repairperson, check the dryer plug and make sure there is an electrical connection.

According to the experts at Easy Appliance Parts, a dryer will not heat properly if it is not receiving the proper voltage. Even if the cord is in an outlet, it is possible that the outlet is not supplying enough power. One way to check this is through checking the circuit breaker. If the circuit trips, the dryer could need a new or larger circuit.

If the dryer is connected and the voltage is proper, the heating element needs to be checked. It could be defective or simply old and needs to be replaced. A dryer repairperson should check this to prevent the possibility of electrocution.

All dryers have a thermostat that controls the temperature of the heat. When the thermostat goes bad it needs to be replaced. This is not difficult using the owner's manual and a diagram of the dryer cabinet; however, most homeowners let a professional handle the job.

A broken, old or defective timer motor can also prevent the dryer from heating properly. Call a professional repairperson to test the motor and replace it if necessary. The same is true for the thermal fuse. If the fuse has blown or is defective, it needs to be replaced in order for the dryer to work properly.

Regardless of what causes the dryer not to heat, working with electrical appliances is dangerous. Call a repairperson who knows how to repair dryers and do not risk electrocution.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you troubleshoot a Roper electric dryer?

    A:

    Although there are many reasons a Roper electric dryer does not work, troubleshooting should begin with the simplest: making sure it is getting power. If the dryer is not getting power to the terminal block, it does not work. A volt meter offers a quick and easy way to ensure power is available. Other reasons a dryer might not work include overheating and a clogged exhaust vent.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you change an Amana dryer heating element?

    A:

    To replace the heating element in an Amana dryer, remove the service panel and locate the existing heating element. It may be necessary to disconnect some wiring to open the service panel, and some models require removing the drum to locate the heating element. Replacing the heating element may require an hour or longer.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do you need to vent an electric dryer?

    A:

    An electric dryer must be vented to help prevent it from overheating and catching fire. An electric dryer may be vented either indoors or outdoors. Gas dryers must be vented outdoors.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the temperature inside of a clothes dryer?

    A:

    The temperature inside a clothes dryer varies depending on the setting; low heat is approximately 125 degrees Fahrenheit, while medium heat and high heat are approximately 135 degrees Fahrenheit, according to GE. But the temperature is affected by several factors.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore