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What to Do if a Dryer Not Heating Up?

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A dryer is a go-to item we use to handle laundry. It’s particularly frustrating when such a widely-used appliance doesn’t heat well. There are plenty of reasons why this could be happening — from circuit damage to heating element kinks.

Before rushing to buy a new dryer, take some time to determine what exactly is wrong with the appliance. Some issues are not as serious as others — you might be able to get your dryer back in shape on your own or by calling a local repair team.

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Main Reasons Why a Dryer Is Not Heating Up

To understand why the dryer is not heating up, match your situation against the most common causes of dryer failure. Here’s a rundown of reasons a dryer won’t heat well. 

Reason #1. Circuit breaker damage

One of the chief reasons why a dryer won’t heat up is that only one of the hot contacts of the circuit breaker is attached properly, while the other two are hanging loosely. As a result, the dryer can only get 120, not 240 volts of power — so there’s no hot air coming out of the device. 

Reason #2. Heating element issues

Although it sounds fancy, the heating element is nothing but a non-conducting wire inside the dryer. When it’s damaged, broken, or connected poorly, your dryer won’t get hot.

Depending on whether you use an electric or gas clothes dryer, they have different heating elements and issues to watch out for:

Electric dryers

If this type of dryer is not heating up, low heat element resistance is the main problem. To troubleshoot the issue, disconnect the heating element wires and inspect the element to diagnose damage or wear.

Gas dryers

If a gas dryer doesn’t heat, igniter malfunctions might be preventing a steady stream of heat. You will need to carefully remove the igniter from the device and start testing its resistance. 

Reason #3. Airflow obstruction

Another reason for the dryer not heating up is that the air can’t circulate freely inside the appliance. The pile-up of dust, dirt, and grease inside the filter is one of the main obstacles for an uninterrupted flow of heat. Detach the filter from the device carefully and clean it thoroughly. 

Reason #4. Cycling thermostat malfunctions

In a dryer, a cycling thermostat is a component that is triggered by temperature changes. Chances are, the thermostat is malfunctioning and getting incorrect temperature readings. As such, it’s activated when it shouldn’t be and prohibits the dryer from heating up efficiently.

Checking the continuity of the thermostat is the most common way to troubleshoot the issue. 

Reason #5. Main control board

This is one of the most important components of a dryer as it controls all cycles and circuits inside the appliance. Charring inside the control board or short-circuiting can both hinder the steady heating of the appliance.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to repair a faulty main control board — you will have to replace it. 

Dryer Is Not Heating — What to Do?

Struggling with a dryer not heating properly is a common problem. The good news is, most problems can be repaired easily — there’s no need to worry about having to purchase a new one.

If your dryer does not heat, follow the tips below. Keep in mind that most of these tasks should be performed with the assistance of a technical team or by an experienced professional.

Action #1. Clean the dirt and debris out of the dryer

The filter inside the dryer is extremely vulnerable to catching particles of dirt and dust. When that happens, the volume of air an appliance can blow reduces, and it struggles to heat properly.

Here’s how to fix the dryer filter problem:

  • Unplug the appliance.
  • Remove the cover panel and use a pin or a pair of tweezers to get rid of any dust in the filter in the back of the dryer.
  • Plug the appliance in again and check its performance.

Action #2. Let the dryer cool down fully

It’s common for dryers to stop heating up when they have been running for a long while — it happens because an automated shut-off is triggered. Turning the device off and letting it cool down is one of the most common and helpful ways to get a steady stream of hot air back. 

Action #3. Inspect the outlet for damage

In some cases, the appliance is not the problem — the outlet is to blame. If you can reset the outlet or breaker, do it and plug the clothing dryer in again. If the problem is not solved, call an electrician to make sure all circuits are intact. 

Action #4. Check the heating element for short circuits or burn marks

Most heating problems in electric dryers have to do with heating element malfunctions. To inspect yours, carefully unplug the device and unscrew and remove the back cover of the dryer. You will have a clear view of all components of the appliance.

Make sure there are no short circuits or burns. If you see any, call a service technician for a repair

FIX Appliances CA — Number-One in Appliance Repair in Canada

Removing parts of a dryer can be dangerous unless you’re an experienced technician. Additionally, you might further damage the device or void its warranty eligibility.

That’s why, when it comes to troubleshooting the issue of a dryer not getting hot, consider contacting professional technicians. In Canada, specialists from FIX Appliances CA are the go-to choice.

Our certified technicians are skilled and trained in repairing and maintaining most common home appliances — dryers, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, and others. For all your appliance service needs, rely on our FIX Appliances CA specialists — a professional team will consult with you on the phone, via social media or Skype, or visit your house or business for an on-site assessment.

Here’s how we build trust with our clients and prove our expertise:

  • Certified professionals — all our technicians are Factory-certified. Our team is TSSA licensed as proof of expertise in repairing gas appliances. 
  • Flexible collaboration. Our customer support team is constantly online, ready to assist homeowners and businesses across the country. Additionally, we conduct a same-day repair without charging extra fees.
  • Trusted service partners. We help our clients find high-quality replacement parts for appliances. Working with our technicians will help you get special offers for replacement parts from leading brands — Bosch, GE, Samsung, and others. 
  • Free service call. Feel free to call our technicians for a consultation. They’ll analyze your issue and determine the most likely cause of the problem for free. Later, a professional technician will follow up and schedule an appointment for repair.

To hire our professional technical team for a dryer or other appliance repair, leave us a message or call 1-888-242-0777. We’ll get in touch with you right away and find out why your dryer doesn’t heat up.

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