Electric Clothes Dryer Not Heating Fix – Easy DIY Repair Guide

(Last Updated On: May 26, 2018)

A clothes dryer with no heat is a problem. What causes a dryer not heating? A part in the electric dryer may be faulty and needs to be replaced. Faulty parts in an electric dryer will cause the dryer to stop heating. If the dryer does not heat the heating element, the dryer stops drying the clothing. Here are simple steps to fix an electric dryer with NO HEAT. The troubleshooting methods on this page will work with all dryers including GE, Kenmore, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool electric dryers.

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IMPORTANT: Before taking the dryer apart, clean out the air venting system on the back of the dryer. A blocked or clogged air vent line will cause a dryer to stop heating. Use a canister vacuum or lint cleaning tool to remove all lint from the back of dryer, the lint screen, all lint in the vent line, and in the wall. Check outside where hot air is vented and be sure it is clean and free from blockage. If a large amount of lint was found, this may have been your issue. Test run the dryer to see if you had a lint clog issue. If the dryer works properly, you had a lint clogging issue and it is now fixed, if still no heat, see below…

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HOW TO FIX A DRYER NOT HEATING

Below we will explain how to fix an electric dryer the easiest way. It is a simple process of finding out which part in the dryer is causing the problem. Use a cheap multimeter to troubleshoot and find which part is causing the dryer to not heat. Once you know the faulty part, buy an inexpensive dryer replacement part online and install it yourself. Save hundreds of dollars and do it yourself. All the information you need is below with videos included.

TOOLS YOU NEED TO FIX AN ELECTRIC DRYER WITH NO HEAT

1 – Screwdriver (to remove panel/fuses/element)
2 – Nut driver (to remove panel/fuses/element)
3 – Multimeter (to test the dryer parts)
4 – Gloves (to protect hands from cuts)

BEFORE YOU BEGIN TESTING THE DRYER PARTS

1 – Unplug dryer from wall or flip wall breaker to remove power to dryer.
2 – Remove the rear panel/front panel on dryer.
HINT: Depending on the model number of your dryer, you will need to either take the front panel off or the back panel off to access the parts for testing/troubleshooting.
OLDER STYLE DRYERS – Remove back panel to access parts.
NEWER STYLE DRYERS – Remove front panel to access parts.
3 – Locate the components listed below.
4 – Use the dryer parts location chart to assist you like the one below.

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Dryer Parts Location ChartDryer Parts Location Chart
FIX YOUR DRYER – USE THIS CHART TO IDENTIFY DRYER PARTS

TEST THESE PARTS IN AN ELECTRIC DRYER TO FIX DRYER NOT HEATING

1 – THERMAL FUSE
This safety fuse can blow and therefore no heat in dryer.
TEST THERMAL FUSE WITH METER FOR CONTINUITY – IF NO CONTINUITY REPLACE THERMAL FUSE

2 – THERMAL CUT OFF
Cut off fuse can blow and therefore no heat in dryer.
TEST CUT OFF FUSE WITH METER FOR CONTINUITY – IF NO CONTINUITY REPLACE THERMAL CUT OFF

3 – HIGH-LIMIT THERMOSTAT
Temperature monitoring thermostat can blow and therefore no heat in dryer.
TEST HIGH-LIMIT THERMOSTAT WITH METER FOR CONTINUITY – IF NO CONTINUITY REPLACE HIGH-LIMIT THERMOSTAT

4 – CYCLING THERMOSTAT
Temperature thermostat can blow and therefore no heat in dryer.
TEST HIGH-LIMIT THERMOSTAT WITH METER FOR CONTINUITY – IF NO CONTINUITY REPLACE CYCLING THERMOSTAT

5 – HEATING ELEMENT
Heating component creates the heat in your dryer – if faulty, the dryer will not heat up.
TEST ELEMENT WITH METER FOR CONTINUITY – IF NO CONTINUITY REPLACE HEATING ELEMENT

HOW TO CORRECTLY TEST DRYER PARTS

  1. When testing parts with a meter, remove them from the wiring first! Isolate the part to test it properly.
  2. When testing for continuity, a thermostat, fuse, or element should read 0 OHMS of resistance when testing continuity.
  3. If you have an audible meter, it will produce a sound. This means the part is working properly.
  4. If the part is faulty or blown, the meter will not change, which means the part is faulty and needs to be removed and replaced.

If the electric dryer does not heat after testing and confirming all parts above are checked to be good, you will need to troubleshoot the other parts in the electric dryer.

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OTHER CLOTHES DRYER PARTS THAT MAY BE FAULTY

  1. Main Control Board
  2. Timer Assembly
  3. Faulty Wiring

Parts To Fix Electric DryerMost common Parts To Fix Your Electric Dryer

WHEN SEARCHING FOR DRYER PARTS

  1. When searching for parts for an electric dryer you will need the model number of your dryer.
  2. Find your dryer model number on a plate attached to the dryer or in the dryer owner’s manual.
  3. Certain dryer parts can look the same, be sure to always buy parts that match your specific model number dryer.

CHEAP MULTIMETER TO TEST DRYER PARTS

To repair the dryer yourself, you will need a good but affordable digital multimeter. The one below was chosen by us. A meter like the one below will make it easy for you to test all the parts in your dryer and make it easy to repair. Click on the meter to see details. It is the meter we use when performing appliance service calls and other home maintenance. If you do not know how to use a meter, see the videos further down to understand how easy it is to use a meter and repair things in your home.

Digital Multimeter To Test Electric Dryer PartsDigital Multimeter To Test Electric Dryer Parts
Supco DM10T Economy Digital Multimeter with Temperature Reading
Affordable digital multimeter to test the components in your electric dryer

 

HINT – These Videos Explain HOW TO USE A METER TO TEST ELECTRIC DRYER FUSES/THERMOSTATS/ELEMENTS


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NOTE: The troubleshooting methods on this page will work with all dryers including GE, Kenmore, Maytag, Samsung, and Whirlpool electric dryers.

When troubleshooting the dryer not heating up issue, if you cannot get the electric dryer to heat and dry your clothing properly, leave a comment below with your dryer problem and the dryer model number and we can troubleshoot the issue.


3 thoughts on “Electric Clothes Dryer Not Heating Fix – Easy DIY Repair Guide”

  1. I have an Admiral AED4675YQ0 electric dryer. Recently it stopped heating properly. It would stay hot for about 30% of the cycle and then begin to cool down. It would continue to operate, but with cool, unheated air. I then replaced the thermal fuse, cycling thermostat, high-limit thermostat, and thermal cutoff. I also vacuumed inside the unit and lint tray. After doing so, it worked properly for a few weeks, but then the problem came back. I then replaced the Heating Element. I also then suspected the lint duct going outside my house was clogged, and so after replacing the heating element, I disconnected the duct and ran an empty cycle without it. The dryer heated up for about 10-15 minutes and then once again stopped heating. I then tested all of the parts I replaced with a multimeter and got continuity everywhere. I’m out of ideas! Any help is greatly appreciated.

    1. ALLEN VETTER - DIY Repair Assistant

      Ron,
      You have replaced most of the main parts that can fail on your Admiral AED4675YQ0 electric dryer. Here are some schematics and questions and answers that may suit you to fix the issue with your dryer. Admiral Dryer Help
      Have you checked the control board area for loose or frayed wires? If the dryer will heat for a few minutes, then stops, it may be a faulty thermal fuse, or a bad thermostat.
      Are you replacing the parts with OEM or cheaper parts off of Amazon? Sometimes the cheaper parts do not last long or are faulty to begin with, always try to get OEM to be sure no other problems arise.
      -RR

  2. My samsung dryer (model dv203aes/xac) stopped working and displayed the code He.
    After each of the following repairs, I started up the dryer but it would only run for about a minute (blowing cold air) before stopping and displaying the same He error code.
    This is what i have done so far:
    – Cleaned entire length of vent pipe.
    – Checked electrical panel – dryer fuse was fine.
    – Replaced thermal fuse
    – Replaced heating element.
    – Used multimeter to check other parts which all tested fine
    What else is there to check/replace? Is there a reset sequence that I can try?
    Thank you

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