August 4, 2020

Dryer not drying clothes? Could be fabric softener!

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to clean fabric softener build-up from a dryer lint screen.
How to clean fabric softener build-up from a dryer lint screen.

If your dryer takes longer than usual to dry your laundry, your fabric softener might be to blame. Most people know they should remove the lint from the dryer’s lint screen or filter after every load. What they might not realize that fabric softener residue can clog the tiny holes in the screen, limiting airflow and causing longer drying times.

This video shows how to check your lint trap for fabric softener residue buildup and how to clean the residue from the screen.

If you need a replacement dryer lint screen—or another dryer part—search your model number on our Dryer replacement parts page. For more dryer troubleshooting articles and videos, repair guides and error codes, check out our DIY dryer repair help.

Symptoms common to all dryers

Choose a symptom to see related dryer repairs.

Main causes: bad drum support roller, damaged idler pulley, broken blower fan blade, worn drum glide bearing, bad drive motor
Main causes: bad gas valve coils, broken heating element, tripped safety thermostat or fuse, bad operating thermostat, control failure
Main causes: bad timer or electronic control board, door switch failure
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, blown thermal fuse, bad door switch
Main causes: clogged exhaust vent, bad motor relay, loose dryer door catch, bad door switch, control system failure, faulty drive motor
Main causes: damaged door strike, worn door catch
Main causes: door switch failure, lack of power, broken belt, blown thermal fuse, bad drive motor, control system failure
Main causes: clogged exhaust system, heating system failure, deposits on moisture sensor, control system failure

Repair guides common to all dryers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dryer.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer drum support roller

If your dryer thumps or squeals, replace the drum support roller to restore quiet to your home.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer thermistor

The thermistor senses the air temperature in the dryer. If your dryer overheats or doesn't heat at all, the thermistor could be the problem.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer idler pulley

The idler pulley exerts pressure keeps the drive belt tight so it can rotate the drum. A worn idler pulley squeals or squeaks when the dryer is running. Follow these instructions to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dryers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dryer.

August 5, 2022

Introducing new technical repair content that we’re developing for the Sears Technical Institute

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn about Sears Technical Institute and the advanced technical content being developed for aspiring appliance techs.

January 4, 2022

How to replace a Maytag dryer heating element

By Lyle Weischwill

Learn how to replace a Maytag dryer heating element

August 18, 2021

Wiring schematic symbols explained video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn some of the most common symbols found in a wiring diagram and what they mean.