Nothing is more frustrating than having a load of laundry to dry and finding out the clothes dryer is dead and cold. If your dryer will not start, here are a few parts to check to see if you can fix the problem yourself. Luckily, many of these parts are easy to check and replace with a little know how.
WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.
The start switch completes the circuit when the start button is pushed. If the dryer does not start, check this switch for continuity and replace it if defective. Depending on your dryer’s model, you can easily access this part through the rear of the dryer by unscrewing the back panel of the dryer. It’s an easy repair that requires simply removing the plug-in wiring from the old switch and replacing it with the new start switch.
The door switch is a safety device that will not allow the dryer to turn on or start if it does not detect the door is closed. The switch sits inside the panel of the dryer and protrudes and makes contact with the door when the door is shut.
The thermal fuse is a safety device that prevents a dyer from overheating. This can happen when the dryer venting is clogged and dirty and air cannot properly circulate. If your dryer is not starting, check the thermal fuse for continuity and replace it with a new one. Be sure to also check and clean the dryer venting as well, or else you run the risk of the dryer breaking again.
The motor turns the dryer drum and blower wheel. Before considering replacing the motor, check the other parts listed above.
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