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

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

September 17, 2019
Dryer takes a long time to dry.

These easy fixes will help your laundry dry faster.

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.

October 26, 2016
How to repair broken or damaged wires.

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

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

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

April 26, 2016
Gas dryer won't start.

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

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

December 16, 2015
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

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

December 2, 2015
Wiring schematic symbols explained.

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

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 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 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 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.

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

Choose a symptom to see related dryer repairs.

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
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

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 blower wheel

A rattling noise or lack of air flow through the dryer could indicate that the blower wheel is damaged. Follow the steps in this repair guide to replace the blower wheel in your dryer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to install a dryer gas valve coil kit

If the dryer heats initially but then stops heating, the problem is usually the gas valve coils. This step-by-step guide explains how to replace the gas valve coils in a gas dryer.

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

If the drive belt breaks, the motor runs but the drum won't rotate. These step-by-step instructions guide you through the repair process.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less