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.

Main causes: clogged exhaust vent, bad motor relay, loose dryer door catch, bad door switch, control system failure, faulty drive motor
Main causes: bad timer or electronic control board, door switch failure
Main causes: door switch failure, lack of power, broken belt, blown thermal fuse, bad drive motor, control system failure
Main causes: bad gas valve coils, broken heating element, tripped safety thermostat or fuse, bad operating thermostat, control failure
Main causes: damaged door strike, worn door catch
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: 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 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
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a thermal fuse in a gas dryer

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

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 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
 30 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.

November 4, 2016

Gas dryer won't heat troubleshooting video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

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.

March 27, 2015

Easy DIY dryer repairs

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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