Electric Dryer Won't Start

If your electric dryers not starting, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken dryer with.

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Troubleshoot An Electric Dryer That Won’t Start With These 6 – Steps

Step-1. Breaker

You will need to find your breaker box and locate the breaker that is dedicated for your dryer.  Flip the breaker off and on even if the breaker looks like it is already in the on position.  Now go and try to start your dryer again.

Step-2. Thermal Fuse

The dryer thermal fuse is also known as the thermal cutoff fuse and the temperature fuse.  The fuse is used as a safety mechanism, cutting off electricity to the dryer motor and the heating element to keep the clothes dryer from getting too hot.  Note – Once this fuse has blown it cannot be reused. If your fuse has blown, you will need to check for blockage or lint build up in the clothes dryer vent hose or ventilation system, before installing a new thermal fuse, only to have it blow again.

Step-3. Door Switch

If the door switch is defective the dryer won’t start.  Visually inspect the door switch to make sure that it is not broken, test the switch to make sure that it has continuity using a multimeter.  If the lid switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the lid switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced with a new one.

Step-4. Start Switch

The start switch is located on the front console of your clothes dryer.  If your dryer won’t start, the switch will need to be tested to see if it has continuity using a multimeter, if the start switch has continuity and has no visual signs of damage, the switch should be good.  If the switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced.

Step-5. Drive Belt

Some dryer models are equipped with a belt switch, if the belt is broken it will prevent the switch from operating,  preventing the clothes dryers drum from turning.

Step-6. Drive Motor

Inspect the drive motor, the most common symptoms of a bad drive motor are, the motor is loud, the motor hums, won’t turn freely or it is froze up, if so the motor is bad and will need to be replaced.  The motor should run quiet and turn smooth and freely,

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