June 20, 2016

Electric dryer won't start troubleshooting video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Electric dryer won't start troubleshooting.
Electric dryer won't start troubleshooting.

Several things could keep your electric dryer from operating normally, including a blown thermal fuse, a bad door switch, a broken start switch or an issue with your power supply. This video shows a few easy tests you can run to find out what is causing the problem when you find your electric dryer not working. We'll also show you how to fix the dryer.

You'll find these troubleshooting tips helpful whether you have a Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire or Kenmore dryer that won't start.

While this video shows how to troubleshoot an electric dryer not working, we also show how to fix a gas dryer that won’t start in our Gas dryer won't start troubleshooting video. Follow the advice in that gas dryer troubleshooting video if you have a gas dryer not working.

Plus, check out our dryer DIY repair help page the next time you have a DIY repair project with your electric dryer.

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.

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.

April 26, 2016

Gas dryer won't start troubleshooting video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Check these three things if your gas dryer won't start or run.