Dryer Not Heating

HomeQuicks Staff Sep 30, 2018
Dryer not heating is a very common household problem. But as common and hardly worth mentioning it would seem, it can be really frustrating not to have clothes dried in time. Let's see how to sort out this problem.
Wet clothes can be the most frustrating thing you can encounter. This laundry problem is a major mood, as well as day, killer. Just imagine this - you throw a load of wet clothes in the dryer, heave a sigh of relief, and get ready for work or college.
You realize after sometime that the dryer has done nothing to change the condition of your clothes from wet to dry. Doesn't sound very appealing, right? So, let us check out the problems and solutions related to why the dryer would not heat.

Cause

There is a heating element in an electric heater, comprising metal coils and fixed on a framework with two contact points. There are wires attached to the contact point that are connected to the rest of the dryer. Now, if there is a break in this coil, the dryer would not heat properly.
Solution: Here, you would need to check the two contacts for ensuring continuity. In case they are not working properly, you will need to replace the heating element with a new one.

Cause

A clogged hose and blower housing can lead to a dryer not heating enough.
Solution: To check for this problem, pull the dryer hose off which would be at the backside of the drier. Make sure that the drier is unplugged, and reach with your hand in the hosing and see if there is any trash. If there is dirt and it is clogged, you know what you need to do.
After clearing the hose, ensure that there is a good amount of air flowing out of the back of the dryer. If you feel hot air coming out, then your problem is solved.

Cause

Another reason because of which the dryer will not heat is a dysfunctional fuse. A blown fuse will perhaps allow the dryer to spin, but not heat.
Solution: When you check the heating element for loose connections or the likes, you will come to know if the fuse is in a good shape or not. If it is blown, change it with a new one to solve the problem.

Cause

Lint deposits can spell doom for your dryer, which can very well be the reason for it not working the way it should.
Solution: Every time you use the dryer, it is important to clean the lint filter properly. In addition to this, inspecting the vent pipe and vent cover operation is also crucial. For this purpose, disconnect or unplug the exhaust duct and then remove the lint from the exhaust pipe, vent, and duct. Check out for kinks or crevices where lint might accumulate.

Cause

Improper or impaired heating of the dryer might also be due to a broken belt, which leads to clothes not turning in the dryer. In such a situation, they clothes obviously will not dry properly.
Solution: If you notice that the clothes are not turning in the dryer drum, call the service station of your dryer company and request them to send a technician over, who will fix the problem.

Cause

In case everything else is in proper condition and still the dryer won't heat, try out the dryer controls. There are several controls in the dryer and there is a possibility that these are not working properly. The temperature selector switch, thermostat or centrifugal switch are the main, amongst these controls.
Solution: After locating where the controls are, test them by using a manometer. If they are in proper condition, the readings would show infinity and if that is not the case, perhaps that part needs to be replaced.
Reading these solutions might be a little easier than actually carrying them out, as you may face a couple of problems while fixing this problem. For example, you may find broken or burnt wires. In such a situation, simply cut the damaged part and put a new terminal in its place. 
Things may be easier though if you have a digital dryer. The new age digital dryers have a facility wherein an electric diagnostic code given in the manual can be entered. This helps you find out the status of a particular control if it has failed