How to Fix an Electric Dryer That Has No Heat


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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