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.
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…
Have A Gas Dryer Not Heating? = 7 Causes Why A Gas Dryer Is Not Heating – How To Troubleshoot A Gas Dryer Not Getting Heat
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.
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
- When testing parts with a meter, remove them from the wiring first! Isolate the part to test it properly.
- When testing for continuity, a thermostat, fuse, or element should read 0 OHMS of resistance when testing continuity.
- If you have an audible meter, it will produce a sound. This means the part is working properly.
- 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.
OTHER CLOTHES DRYER PARTS THAT MAY BE FAULTY
- Main Control Board
- Timer Assembly
- Faulty Wiring
Most common Parts To Fix Your Electric Dryer
WHEN SEARCHING FOR DRYER PARTS
- When searching for parts for an electric dryer you will need the model number of your dryer.
- Find your dryer model number on a plate attached to the dryer or in the dryer owner’s manual.
- 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 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
Electric Dryer Thermal Fuse Testing Repair
Electric Dryer High-Limit Thermostat Testing Repair
Electric Dryer Heating Element Testing Repair
Is Your Dryer Showing An Error Code? Clothes Dryer Error Codes – Fault Codes For 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.
Allen is the author and creator of this website. He has years of experience with appliance repair, commercial food machinery maintenance, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, vehicle maintenance, and critical aviation related systems.