April 19, 2023

DIY dryer repair

If your dryer won't start, doesn't heat or won't stop, Sears PartsDirect has the repair help you need to get the appliance working again. We have solutions to common symptoms, as well as dryer repair guides that cover major brands like Whirlpool, GE, Samsung and Kenmore Elite.

Check out our error code charts to find troubleshooting tips when the dryer stops and the control flashes lights in a peculiar pattern or a code appears on the digital display. Our troubleshooting videos can help diagnose common dryer problems; for example, if your dryer won't heat, follow the steps in our electric dryer won't heat or gas dryer won't heat videos. If the dryer won't start, check out the troubleshooting tips in our electric dryer won't start or gas dryer won't start videos.

For help with other dryer issues, head on over to our articles and videos page. Once you find out what needs fixing on your dryer, our DIY repair guides can help you replace the part. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your dryer, search for your model number.

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Symptoms common to all dryers

Choose a symptom to see related dryer repairs.

January 10, 2024

Main causes: door switch failure, lack of power, broken belt, blown thermal fuse, bad drive motor, control system failur…

December 27, 2023

Main causes: clogged exhaust system, heating system failure, deposits on moisture sensor, control system failure…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: damaged door strike, worn door catch…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, blown thermal fuse, bad door s…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: bad timer or electronic control board, door switch failure…

April 19, 2023

Main causes: bad gas valve coils, broken heating element, tripped safety thermostat or fuse, bad operating thermostat, c…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: bad drum support roller, damaged idler pulley, broken blower fan blade, worn drum glide bearing, bad drive …

April 20, 2023

Main causes: clogged exhaust vent, bad motor relay, loose dryer door catch, bad door switch, control system failure, fau…

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 dryer drum support roller
August 01, 2014

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
How to replace a dryer thermistor
August 01, 2014

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 …

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a dryer door switch
July 31, 2014

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 les…

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 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.

How to use your clothes dryer efficiently
June 09, 2023

How to use your clothes dryer efficiently

Get expert tips on using your dryer efficiently to save energy.…

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

How to repair broken or damaged wires video

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

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

How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts video

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