Dryer articles

These dryer articles and videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you get the best performance from your dryer. From how to keep your dryer clean to troubleshooting heating problems, we have the tips and advice to keep your dryer working load after load. For more DIY advice, check out our dryer repair help section for error code information, common symptoms and their causes and step-by-step repair instructions.

Articles and videos common to all dryers

February 1, 2018
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

Find out what’s wrong with your appliance by following a circuit.

February 1, 2018
How to read a wiring schematic.

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

December 1, 2017
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

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

November 4, 2016
Electric dryer won't heat troubleshooting.

These easy tests will help you check the heating element, high-limit thermostat, timer, thermal cut-off fuse and operating thermostat.

November 4, 2016
Gas dryer won't heat troubleshooting.

Numerous components could be to blame for no heat in the dryer. Diagnose and fix the problem.

June 20, 2016
Electric dryer won't start troubleshooting.

Learn what four things to check if your electric dryer won't start or run.

February 26, 2016
Are you abusing your appliances?

Take our quiz to see how well you treat your appliances. Then, find out what you can do to help them last longer.

February 11, 2016
Keeping a dryer clean and economical.

This easy-to-follow advice helps your dryer run efficiently, so you spend less on energy and your clothes dry faster.

January 18, 2016
How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts.

Learn how to use a multimeter to check for wiring problems in an appliance that's not working

March 27, 2015
Easy DIY dryer repairs.

Check out some common causes if your dryer won’t heat or start, and learn how you can repair the problem yourself.

February 25, 2015
How to maintain a Kenmore hybrid heat pump dryer.

Read about how you can keep you Kenmore hybrid heat pump dryer maintained.

February 25, 2015
How to care for filters in a Whirlpool hybrid heat pump dryer.

Learn how you can extend the life of a Whirlpool hybrid heat pump dryer by keeping the filters clean.

February 23, 2015
Learn where to find the model number on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

See where you should look when trying to locate the model tag on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

January 27, 2015
Dryer takes a long time to dry.

These easy fixes will help your laundry dry faster.

July 1, 2013
Dryer common questions.

The answers to these common questions about clothes dryers can help you diagnose a problem and could save you a service call.

Symptoms common to all dryers

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

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

How to replace a heating element in an electric dryer

The heating element in an electric dryer generates the dryer's heat—it's one of the first things to check if the air in the dryer doesn't get warm. If it's damaged, this repair guide will show you how to replace the heating element.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a thermal fuse in an electric dryer

When the air in the dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in a gas dryer

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less