Dryer won’t start. Having a broken appliance during the winter can present a major issue but don’t panic. There are a number of different reasons why dryers might not startup.
Whether it’s a minor error or a serious, expensive malfunction our informative guide will help you to troubleshoot your problem.
This introductory paragraph provides useful background information about today’s modern appliances and describes what goes into pricing home repairs.
If you suspect that your dryer may need an expert check-up then by all means call for an appointment with a licensed technician!
Why Dryer won’t start
The most common dryer problems include a faulty door switch or start switch and control problems such as a broken dryer timer or faulty electronic control board.
The most common dryer problem that seems to prevent our dryers from turning off is when the drum light won’t turn off.
This is typically caused by a faulty door switch. A blown thermal fuse often prevents an electric dryer from turning on.
These are some more possible causes of your dryer not starting.
Defective Start Switch
It’s not difficult to tell if a dryer start switch is working from the outside. First, attempt to turn on the dryer and listen for any sound coming from the start switch.
If you hear a hum but it doesn’t start, then you might want to check the continuity of the dryer start switch as shown above to make sure there are no issues related to wiring or failure of components within.
If nothing happens once you try turning on your dryer, then unfortunately that means that you will need to either replace or repair your current start switch as described above.
Belown Thermal Fuse
A thermal fuse is an essential part of your dryer’s safety system, designed to prevent it from overheating.
It is specifically engineered to open if the temperature gets too hot and may cause a short circuit to the motor or sudden power interruption which will cause your drier will be inoperable.
The thermal fuse is over an inch long or more and is embedded in a white plastic housing normally. Some brands of dryers use two or even more thermal fuses for different purposes – generally for safety reasons.
Without it, you are putting your household at great risk of fire unintentionally. So this will help keep things safe but conscious during usage.
A Defective Door Switch Issue
Out of safety concerns, clothes dryers are designed not to start unless could get it to get hot enough. Sometimes the simplest solution when a dryer won’t start is to repair defective door switches.
It may seem like the door is closing properly, but the switches may have lost their ability to sense when the door is locked or they aren’t locking at all.
An indication that the door switches need to be replaced is if there’s no click sound which usually denotes a locked door.
If your dryer has a window, another indication that should point out that you’ll need to replace them are if lights remain on once then the dryer cycle ends rather than switch off by itself.
Faulty Drive Motor
The motor is what makes things turned and the blower wheel work. It’s typically positioned underneath the machine and controls the rotation of the drum, as well as delivering a flow of hot air in order to dry your clothes.
Check that the belt is in a good condition. If it’s in a bad state, you’ll need to replace this to make sure that it’s not causing sufficient noise or interrupting the motor from functioning properly.
You should also check for any blockage around the blower wheel to make sure it’s not causing problems when spinning inside too.
Damage Drive Belt
A drive belt pulley is like a hiking boot lacing system – it’s what holds your clothes together as they pass through the drying cycle. Over time, it has worn down, broken at its weakest point, or simply split in two.
Some people have tried to keep their dryer running with a damaged drive belt but they find that their clothes don’t dry as effectively as they once did.
If you don’t mind getting a little dirty and tinkering around inside your dryer, you can remove the
front panel of your washing machine and check out the internal workings to see if there is any damage to your drive belts without having to shell out money for a replacement part.
Main Control Board
A Motor Relay is a lesser-known part present in some dryers. It’s designed to help prevent electrical overloads and potential fires.
If the motor relay loses the electrical current from the control board, it will stop receiving power to do its job.
That means the dryer won’t start or operate until it’s replaced to supply electricity back into the motor, which will then resume operating.
Timer cleaning is a very important part of how to use a washing machine. All washing machines have some sort of timer.
If the timer becomes dirty the washer will not run correctly, leaving residues of detergent on your clothes.
These must be washed away before you wear them. It is possible for a defective timer contact to prevent power from getting to the drive motor and the timer will have to be replaced.
An electrical outlet may be faulty if your electric dryer isn’t working. First, unplug the dryer and plug something else into the outlet to see if it turns on.
If not, you may have a tripped circuit breaker or tripped circuit fuse that needs resetting or replacing.
If the issue isn’t with the circuit breaker or fuse, then use a multimeter tester to see whether there is power coming through the wires of the outlet.