The dryer, and not heating could be the symptom of many different problems. In this article, we will look at the different possible causes and what you can do to fix your dryer.
Problems Causing Your Dryer Not Heating
Problem #1: Thermostat
The thermostat is a sensor that measures the temperature of the drum and sends that information to the dryer control board. If there is a problem with this sensor, it will not be able to accurately measure the temperature and thus not be able to trigger the dryer cycle.
A simple test is to unplug your dryer for 10 minutes, plug it back in and see if it works. If it does not work, then your thermostat is faulty and needs replacing.
The thermostat can be found in many different places depending on where you purchased your dryer, so make sure you find it before replacing anything else. You can find more information about how to replace a thermostat here.
Problem #2: Ductwork Leaks Cold Air Into Dryer Vent
Cold air leaks into your home through ductwork located inside or outside of your home’s walls (usually through attic vents). This cold air can enter your home through vents located in the basement, the attic, or other vents around your home.
The cold air will then flow into your dryer and not heat properly. Cold air also causes your dryer to work harder and longer, which increases the chances of a fire.
Problem #3: Drum Heating Element
If the heating element is broken or dirty, then this will cause your dryer not to heat properly and could be the reason for a damaged drum or belt (if your dryer has one). When you unplug your dryer from the wall outlet, do not simply leave it there for several hours without turning it on again.
The dryer will overheat and could damage itself if left for too long of a period. If there is no heating element in your dryer (usually found in front of the machine), then you can either call a professional or find out how to replace them yourself.
Problem #4: Broken Dryer Belt
If your dryer is not heating, then there is a chance that the belt may be broken. This can happen if the belt has worn down and is no longer able to turn the drum and other parts of the dryer. To determine if this is the case, you can remove the drum and check the belt. If it is broken, you will need to replace it.
There are many different brands of dryer belts that you can buy at home improvement stores or online. However, we would recommend purchasing a replacement from an appliance repair company.
This is because they will have all of the tools necessary to replace your belt without having to take apart your dryer
How To Fix Your Dryer Not Heating?
There are several things that you can do to fix your dryer not heating properly:
Thermostat Repair or Replacement
If your thermostat has stopped working, then it will not be able to trigger the dryer cycle and therefore will not heat up properly. The thermostat will have to be replaced for the dryer to work properly again.
If your dryer is not heating up, then there may be a clog in the heating ducts. A clog can prevent air from getting through the system and it can also prevent air from reaching the heating element inside of the dryer.
The pump on the back of your dryer may need to be cleaned or replaced for your dryer to heat up properly again.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
If you notice that your dryer isn’t heating up properly, then you should call a professional and have them check out your vent system. If there are any clogs in your vent system, then they will be able to fix them so that your dryer will work properly again.
How to Fix Voltage Problem on Dryer
Overvoltage can also cause some problems with the dryer. Here’s how to fix it:
Problem #1: Broken or Damaged Power Cord
The most common cause of a dryer overvoltage problem is a broken or damaged power cord.
But you can’t just buy a new cord. The power supply inside the dryer is probably fried. That’s why it needs to be replaced as well
Problem #2: Bad Thermal Fuse
A bad thermal fuse is another cause of a dryer overvoltage problem.
It’s located on the circuit board, and it blows if there’s too much voltage on the circuit. It can also blow when there’s too much current flowing through the power cord, so be sure to check that as well. (A little bit of current running through the cord isn’t dangerous, but too much current can damage it.)
Problem #3: Damaged Power Switch
If your dryer is not heating, then there is a chance that the power switch may be damaged or broken (this switch controls whether or not the dryer turns on). In this case, you should be able to open the dryer and remove the power cord.
Then, simply swap out the switch with a new one (available at any hardware store). Once you have completed this step, your dryer should be working again.
If you are still having issues with your dryer after completing these steps, then you may need to contact a professional for further assistance.
Problem #4: Bad Hoses or Ducts
The hoses or ducts that connect your dryer to the outside of your home can wear out over time and cause your dryer to stop working. If this is the case, you should replace these hoses or ducts with new ones (available at any hardware store).
This will ensure that your dryer is not damaged by this issue.
If these solutions do not work for you, then I would recommend contacting Samsung directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG if you’re in the US or visiting their website for further assistance with this issue.
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