What to Do When Gas Dryer is not Heating Up?

Medha Godbole Nov 8, 2018
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Wondering what to do when your gas dryer is not heating up? Read ahead to know more...
Dryers, heaters, and air conditioners are a necessity in regions where the temperatures are extreme. Without them, it will be difficult to cope with the temperature and carry out the daily activities. Normally, these appliances, if brought from a credible store and of a renowned company, do not lead to any problems.
However, after all these are machines and are not invincible. So, problems are bound to happen sometimes. A clothes dryer not heating at all, not giving enough heat, and not being turned on are the common problems which occur, for instance, in connection with the gas dryer. If you too faced this, then you might want to know about the gas dryer not heating.


Several things can lead to the gas dryer not heating properly. It can happen that the dryer will be switched on but it will not heat up. A few of these culprits will be easy to deal with and fix, while a few of them might require professional help. Here are the reasons for the same.

No Volt, No Heat:

Perhaps one of the most common causes for the dryer to not heat properly is that there is not enough voltage. Around 240 volts are required for the dryer to heat enough to dry clothes. Check out the wiring of the dryer and see if it is properly plugged in.
Also check the voltage of the dryer to ascertain if it is receiving the right voltage. You may also have to reset the dryer. For this, you will have to switch the circuit breakers on and off. If not this, you might have to replace the fuse.

Coiled Without Heat:

Another culprit could be gas valve coils as well as the electric ignition. Sometimes, an electric ignitor heats up but turns off without igniting the gas. In this case, gas valve coils may let the valve open and allow the gas to pass through. This might need a replacement.

Thermal Story:

Those who use these dryers frequently will know that if the thermostat is not working at all or has suffered a damage, it may not work properly. The thermostat is normally fitted under the dryer lint trap or attached to the blower housing. 
These are temperature regulators of this home appliance that prevent the dryer from being too cool or overheat. In this case, replacing the thermostat or repairing it will be required.

Other Reasons:

In addition to all the above reasons, another cause for the gas dryer not heating could be a dysfunctional ignitor. An ignitor that is not working the way it should will not ignite the heater properly. Also check for blown fuses, heating elements, and the like to ensure that the dryer works as it is expected to.


  • Your safety gear has to be impeccable.
  • Have a voltmeter handy just in case you have to check the voltage of the dryer.
  • Avoid using plastic exhaust duct on the dryer.
  • See if there is a broken belt while investigating.
  • The vents will have to be unclogged for the dryer to heat and work properly.
So, these are the things that you will primarily have to check. Major problems in a gas dryer are rare and if you are used to fiddling with mechanical things, then you can easily get the dryer back on track. Last, but not the least, if you have checked out everything and still there is some problem, you can always ask a professional to come down and check!
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