Electric dryers range in cost and efficiency, but for the most part they should work reliably for a solid ten years before needing replacement or serious refurbishing. However, on occasion an electric dryer will stop heating up. There are a variety of reasons for this and most have simple fixes. With a little know-how you should be able to avoid a costly visit from an appliance repairman.
Things You'll Need
- New fuse
Double-check the setting. A simple but common error is that people forget they had lowered the setting for a delicate load and then wonder why the dryer won't heat.
Empty the lint trap. If the trap is too full then the heat will not circulate properly. In addition it is a fire hazard.
Locate and check the fuse box and circuit breaker. Electric dryers need 240 volts, which means they require a double switch. Check both.
Inspect the thermal fuse. The location of this fuse will vary depending on the manufacturer. Check the owner's manual if a cursory search is not sufficient to locate the fuse. The fuse should be mounted in a plastic cover and be white in color. If it is blown it will have a dark tint to the glass. Replace if blown.
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