Dryer Repairs

GAS, PROPANE & ELECTRIC Dryer GUIDES

Choose Your Dryer Problem Below to Get Started

Our repair guides and videos provide step-by-step instructions for replacing thermal fuses, door switches, heating elements and gas valve coils and many other parts on your gas, propane or electric dryer. If your not sure which part to change try searching below for the problem your having instead.

These repair guides will guide you safely through fixing what’s broken on your dryer, use it to learn the proper troubleshooting steps that should be taken when your dryer doesn't want to start, heat or making loud noises. If your not familiar with dryers its much better to if you learn how they work.

Before doing tests or repairs, unplug the dryer to keep from being shocked. If you have a gas dryer, also shut off the gas supply and disconnect it to give you more room if you need too... How do you shut off the gas? Twist the yellow or red knob. Use a crescent wrench sometimes you need 2 wrenches to remove the gas line.

Remember this little rhyme when twisting something on or off like a screw or the gas line:

Leftie Lucy, Rightie Tightie!

If your like me, when you find the dryer not working, you want to fix the problem as quickly as you can...

So Let's Get to Fixing Some Sh#t!

How does a dryer work?

A dryer uses a simple system to dry your clothes:

An inner drum rotates wet clothes while moving heated air through them to collect the moisture and then carry it out through the exhaust vent. Like most people, you probably use your dryer "at least once a week". Watch the quick videos below to get a good idea of hat does what!

HOW DOES AN ELECTRIC DRYER WORK?


HOW DOES A GAS DRYER WORK

ELECTRIC DRYERS ONLY

DRYER NOT HEATING UP AT ALL

If you have an electric dryer that's not heating up or not getting hot enough always start by checking the circuit breaker panel for a tripped breaker. If your breaker is ok check the high limit thermostat, heating element and thermal fuse.

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less


The heating element in an electric dryer generates the dryer's heat—it's one of the first things to check if the air in the dryer doesn't get warm. If it's damaged, this repair guide will show you how to replace the heating element.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less


When the air in the dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


GAS & ELECTRIC DRYERS

It's time for a new timer if the timer doesn't move during the cycle or doesn't shut off the dryer when time runs out. Follow these steps to replace it yourself.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


The thermistor senses the air temperature in the dryer. If your dryer overheats or doesn't heat at all, the thermistor could be the problem.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



GAS & PROPANE DRYERS ONLY

DRYER NOT HEATING UP AT ALL

If your gas or propane dryer doesn't want to heat anymore or if its getting hot but doesn't stay hot start by checking the gas valve coils, thermal fuse and then the high limit thermostat for continuity.

If that doesn't get it go to the cycling thermostat next. By this point if its still not heating properly it is a good chance you have a plugged exhaust vent try removing the aluminum exhaust vent and then try running the dryer again. Still dont work? Well i'm sorry my friend we are out of options... It has to be the control board.

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less


When the air in a gas dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer from heating. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



An electric dryer not heating, even though it’s running, is often due to a faulty dryer heating element. You can test the element with a tool called a multimeter.

The tool tells you if there are breaks in the electrical path.

The reading should be about 15 ohms. If there is no measure of continuity on the meter, replace the dryer heating element.

A gas dryer will run but won’t heat if its thermal fuse blows because the dryer overheated (usually because the vent is clogged, so check the vent path). Use a multimeter to check the thermal fuse and replace the thermal fuse if you don’t’ find continuity.


DIFFICULTY:

EASY


TIME REQUIRED:

30 MINS OR LESS


Dryer Making Noises?

If your dryer is making squeaking or squealing noises, the idler pulley assembly may be the cause. This assembly controls the tension on the drum belt through friction. Over time, the idler pulley may fail.

Regular dryer maintenance such as removing lint, cleaning the vent tube and drum cleaning are recommended to keep your dryer in good shape.

HOW TO REPLACE THE IGNITER IN A GAS DRYER?

The igniter in a gas dryer glows white hot during the to light the gas that heats the air in the dryer. If the dryer air doesn't warm up, the igniter could be the problem. This guide shows how to replace it. Glow igniters are only in gas and propane dryers.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


The thermistor senses the air temperature in the dryer. If your dryer overheats or doesn't heat at all, the thermistor could be the problem.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



GAS & ELECTRIC DRYERS

It's time for a new timer if the timer doesn't move during the cycle or doesn't shut off the dryer when time runs out. Follow these steps to replace it yourself.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


DRYER NOT HEATING ALL THE WAY UP BUT DOES GET HOT A LITTLE BIT?

If your gas or propane dryer doesn't want to heat all the way up anymore or if its getting hot but doesn't stay hot, start by checking the gas valve coils, thermal fuse and then the high limit thermostat for continuity.

If that doesn't get it go to the cycling thermostat next. By this point if its still not heating properly it is a good chance you have a plugged exhaust vent try removing the aluminum exhaust vent and then try running the dryer again. Still dont work? Well i'm sorry my friend we are out of options... It has to be the control board.

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



An electric dryer not heating, even though it’s running, is often due to a faulty dryer heating element. You can test the element with a tool called a multimeter.

The tool tells you if there are breaks in the electrical path.

The reading should be about 15 ohms. If there is no measure of continuity on the meter, replace the dryer heating element.

A gas dryer will run but won’t heat if its thermal fuse blows because the dryer overheated (usually because the vent is clogged, so check the vent path). Use a multimeter to check the thermal fuse and replace the thermal fuse if you don’t’ find continuity.


DIFFICULTY:

EASY


TIME REQUIRED:

30 MINS OR LESS


Dryer Making Noises?

If your dryer is making squeaking or squealing noises, the idler pulley assembly may be the cause. This assembly controls the tension on the drum belt through friction. Over time, the idler pulley may fail.

Regular dryer maintenance such as removing lint, cleaning the vent tube and drum cleaning are recommended to keep your dryer in good shape.

When the air in a gas dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer from heating. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



GAS & ELECTRIC DRYERS

It's time for a new timer if the timer doesn't move during the cycle or doesn't shut off the dryer when time runs out. Follow these steps to replace it yourself.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


The thermistor senses the air temperature in the dryer. If your dryer overheats or doesn't heat at all, the thermistor could be the problem.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



SPINNING PROBLEMS: GAS & ELECTRIC DRYERS

If you have an electric dryer that's not heating up or not getting hot enough always start by checking the circuit breaker panel for a tripped breaker. If your breaker is ok check the high limit thermostat, heating element and thermal fuse first before replacing the timer.

If your gas or propane dryer doesn't want to heat anymore or if its getting hot but doesn't stay hot start by checking the gas valve coils, thermal fuse and then the high limit thermostat for continuity.

If that doesn't get it go to the cycling thermostat next. By this point if its still not heating properly it is a good chance you have a plugged exhaust vent try removing the aluminum exhaust vent and then try running the dryer again. Still dont work? Well i'm sorry my friend we are out of options... It has to be the control board.

Before doing tests or repairs, unplug the dryer to keep from being shocked. If you have a gas dryer, also shut off the gas supply and disconnect it to give you more room if you need too...

HOW DO YOU SHUT OFF THE GAS TO A DRYER?

Go behind he dryer, locate and twist the yellow or red knob on the gas line coming out of your wall by hand. Use a crescent wrench sometimes 2 to remove the dryers gas line.

ELECTRIC / GAS DRYER: DOESN'T TURN ON

If an electric dryers thermal fuse goes out it will cause the entire machine not to work.

If your dryer's drum won’t turn, or squeaks the dryer most likely has a worn out roller bearing or messed up belt tensioner pulley.

To fix the bearing, remove the belt and try to turn the wheels with your hand. If the wheels don't turn, the bearings needs to be greased with bearing grease or replaced.

If the dryer drum turns easy by hand you broke your belt. If you hear the dryers motor running but the dryer drum doesn’t turn, the drive belt is broken. If it makes a buzzing or humming noise when you hold the start button it has something in the lint chute stopping the fan blade from turning most likely. This is common in dryers that have the lint screen on top.

When you press the start button do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Or does your dryer only work for a little bit but when you come back its off and you have to wait like 20 mins or longer and then it will start again?

If so it is most likely you have a damaged motor, defective drive motor struggles to rotate the drum or might not turn the drum at all.

Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a drive motor. Always make sure there isn't something stuck inside the blower wheel housing before you change the motor.


Difficulty:

Like baking a cake


Time:

60-90 minutes or less


Tools needed:

Nut driver set

Phillips screwdriver

Putty knife

Slot screwdriver

Vacuum cleaner or shop vac

Wrench set - SAE

Adjustable wrenches

Work gloves


HOW TO REPLACE A ELECTRIC DRYER MOTOR

When you press the start button do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Or does your dryer only work for a little bit but when you come back its off and you have to wait like 20 mins or longer and then it will start again?

If so it is most likely you have a damaged motor, a motor when its going bad struggles to rotate the drum or might not turn the drum at all. If it buzzes or hums its most likely bad or somethings stuck in the lint chute.

Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a electric dryer motor. Always make sure there isn't something stuck inside the blower wheel housing before you change the motor.

Difficulty:

Like baking a cake


Time:

60-90 minutes or less


Tools needed:

Nut driver set

Phillips screwdriver

Putty knife

Slot screwdriver

Vacuum cleaner or shop vac

Wrench set - SAE

Adjustable wrenches

Work gloves



A dryer not drying clothes may because of a broken part or because the dryer isn’t getting enough power to operate. Before you start looking at the interior of the dryer, check the plug, power cord and breakers:

  1. Make sure the dryer is securely plugged in and that there is no damage or wear to the plug or cord.

  2. If you have an electric dryer, check the breaker box to make sure the breaker hasn’t been thrown. Since your dryer operates on 240 volts, only one-half of a double breaker may be thrown. This could explain a dryer not heating even though it is running.

  3. If you have a gas dryer not heating (or not running at all) you should check the breaker and do the gas dryer fast check. Once you do the fast check you can then know more or less what's wrong and know how to fix your dryer much much easier and efficiently

Check the power source first, because it could be the problem, rather than the dryer itself. If the dryer is completely plugged in, check the circuit breaker for your dryer.

Problems with the door switch can prevent the dryer from starting. Shut the dryer door fully to activate the door switch. To test the switch, open the door press in the door switch lever.

If the drum light doesn’t turn off, a failed door switch is the likely reason the dryer won’t start.

A blown thermal fuse often prevents an electric dryer from starting.

You’ll find the thermal fuse on the blower housing. Unplug the dryer and check the thermal fuse for continuity. Replace the thermal fuse if the multimeter measures no continuity.

Check the vent in the back because a clog most likely caused the thermal fuse to blow.

Rarely a broken push-to-start switch can prevent the motor from running. Use a multimeter to check for continuity through the push-to-start switch. Replace the push-to-start switch if you don’t measure continuity through the wires between the push-to-start switch and motor. It could instead be that the timer has a broken motor switch contact.

All dryers 10 years old or younger have a circuit board that operates the dryer and its functions. A fried circuit board prevents the dryer from starting. Unplug the dryer and then find the control board and check it. It might have burn marks or areas that are shorted out.

When you press the start button do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Or does your dryer only work for a little bit but when you come back its off and you have to wait like 20 mins or longer and then it will start again?

If so, most likely you have a damaged motor, dryer motors when going bad struggle to rotate the drum then they eventually overheat and just buzz when start is pressed. The dryer and its motor will not turn back on at all until it cools down it will just hum or buzz. Check the lint chute in the back something may be stuck in the blower wheel.

Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a drive motor. Always make sure there isn't something stuck inside the blower wheel housing before you change the motor.


Difficulty:

Like baking a cake


Time:

60 minutes or less


Tools needed:

Nut driver set

Phillips screwdriver

Putty knife

Slot screwdriver

Vacuum cleaner or shop vac

Wrench set - SAE

Adjustable wrenches

Work gloves


It can be surprising when you start an electric dryer only to come back a few hours later to find your clothes are still wet. If your electric dryer starts and then stops too soon, a dryer thermal fuse could be the culprit if you have an electric dryer.

The dryer thermal fuse is a safety mechanism that detects the temperature of air flowing to the outside vent. If the air too hot, the fuse blows, stopping an electric dryer (a gas dryer keeps running but won’t heat). Unfortunately, if the thermal fuse trips, it must be replaced before the dryer will work again.

To keep your dryer running the way it should, pay attention to signs that the machine may be starting to fail. A dryer not drying well today may signal that it is time to make needed repairs.

When you press the start button do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Or does your dryer only work for a little bit but when you come back its off and you have to wait like 20 mins or longer and then it will start again?

If so, most likely you have a damaged motor, dryer motors when going bad struggle to rotate the drum then they eventually overheat and just buzz when start is pressed. The dryer and its motor will not turn back on at all until it cools down it will just hum or buzz. Check the lint chute in the back something may be stuck in the blower wheel.

Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a drive motor. Always make sure there isn't something stuck inside the blower wheel housing before you change the motor.


Difficulty:

Like baking a cake


Time:

60 minutes or less


Tools needed:

Nut driver set

Phillips screwdriver

Putty knife

Slot screwdriver

Vacuum cleaner or shop vac

Wrench set - SAE

Adjustable wrenches

Work gloves


ALL ELECTRIC DRYER PARTS

If the dryer doesn't start when you push the button, or starts even if you don't push the button, replace the push-to-start switch.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



When the air in the dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


Replace the drum glide bearing if the drum makes a scraping noise and doesn't turn smoothly. Just follow the steps in this repair guide.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less



When you press the start button do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Or does your dryer only work for a little bit but when you come back its off and you have to wait like 20 mins or longer and then it will start again?

If so, most likely you have a damaged motor, dryer motors when going bad struggle to rotate the drum then they eventually overheat and just buzz when start is pressed. The dryer and its motor will not turn back on at all until it cools down it will just hum or buzz. Check the lint chute in the back something may be stuck in the blower wheel.

Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a drive motor. Always make sure there isn't something stuck inside the blower wheel housing before you change the motor.


Difficulty:

Like baking a cake


Time:

60 minutes or less


Tools needed:

Nut driver set

Phillips screwdriver

Putty knife

Slot screwdriver

Vacuum cleaner or shop vac

Wrench set - SAE

Adjustable wrenches

Work gloves


When you press the start button do you hear a buzzing or humming sound? Or does your dryer only work for a little bit but when you come back its off and you have to wait like 20 mins or longer and then it will start again?

If so, most likely you have a damaged motor, dryer motors when going bad struggle to rotate the drum then they eventually overheat and just buzz when start is pressed. The dryer and its motor will not turn back on at all until it cools down it will just hum or buzz. Check the lint chute in the back something may be stuck in the blower wheel.

Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a drive motor. Always make sure there isn't something stuck inside the blower wheel housing before you change the motor.


Difficulty:

Like baking a cake


Time:

60 minutes or less


Tools needed:

Nut driver set

Phillips screwdriver

Putty knife

Slot screwdriver

Vacuum cleaner or shop vac

Wrench set - SAE

Adjustable wrenches

Work gloves


A rattling noise or lack of air flow through the dryer could indicate that the blower wheel is damaged. Follow the steps in this repair guide to replace the blower wheel in your dryer.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


If your dryer thumps or squeals, replace the drum support roller to restore quiet to your home.

Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


GAS & ELECTRIC DRYERS

It's time for a new timer if the timer doesn't move during the cycle or doesn't shut off the dryer when time runs out. Follow these steps to replace it yourself.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


ELECTRIC DRYER WON'T HEAT

Below you will find all of the electric dryer parts responsible for the heating. Below that you will find a list o the dryer parts responsible for the spinning of an electric dryer.

When the air in the dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less


The heating element in an electric dryer generates the dryer's heat—it's one of the first things to check if the air in the dryer doesn't get warm. If it's damaged, this repair guide will show you how to replace the heating element.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less


The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less


The thermistor senses the air temperature in the dryer. If your dryer overheats or doesn't heat at all, the thermistor could be the problem.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

30 minutes or less



GAS & ELECTRIC DRYERS

It's time for a new timer if the timer doesn't move during the cycle or doesn't shut off the dryer when time runs out. Follow these steps to replace it yourself.


Difficulty:

Simple


Time required:

60 minutes or less