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.

Dryers

Articles and videos common to all dryers

August 4, 2020
How to clean fabric softener build-up from a dryer lint screen.

If your dryer isn't drying clothes, it could be the lint screen is clogged with fabric softener. See how to wash the lint filter to get your dryer drying again.

January 22, 2020
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.

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.

May 9, 2019
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 1, 2018
How to read a wiring schematic.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, blown thermal fuse, bad door switch
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: 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: 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.

How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in an electric dryer

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

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 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
 15 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer door switch

The dryer won't start if the door switch isn't working correctly. You can install a replacement dryer door switch in less than half an hour, following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less