Dryer repair guides

Our repair guides and videos provide step-by-step instructions for replacing thermal fuses, door switches, heating elements and gas valve coils on your gas or electric dryer. We have solutions to common symptoms, as well as troubleshooting tips that cover major brands like Whirlpool, GE, Samsung and Kenmore Elite. Search your model number to find a complete list of replacement parts for your dryer, then order the part you need.

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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 dryer drive motor

A defective drive motor struggles to rotate the drum or might not turn the drum at all. Follow the steps in this dryer repair guide to replace a drive motor.

Repair difficulty
Time required
90 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
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 thermistor

The thermistor senses the air temperature in the dryer. If your dryer overheats or doesn't heat at all, the thermistor could be the problem.

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer timer

It's time for a new timer if the timer doesn't move during the cycle or doesn't shut off the dryer when time runs out. Follow these steps to replace it yourself.

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
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 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
30 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 idler pulley

The idler pulley exerts pressure keeps the drive belt tight so it can rotate the drum. A worn idler pulley squeals or squeaks when the dryer is running. Follow these instructions to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
90 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace an igniter in a gas dryer

The igniter in a gas dryer glows white hot during the to light the gas that heats the air in the dryer. If the dryer air doesn't warm up, the igniter could be the problem. This guide shows how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
60 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
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer drum glide bearing

Replace the drum glide bearing if the drum makes a scraping noise and doesn't turn smoothly. Just follow the steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
60 minutes or less
August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer push-to-start switch

If the dryer doesn't start when you push the button, or starts even if you don't push the button, replace the push-to-start switch.

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Symptoms common to all dryers

Choose a symptom to see related dryer repairs.

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
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.

June 20, 2016
Electric dryer won't start troubleshooting video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

February 26, 2016
Quiz: Are you abusing your appliances?
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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
How to keep a dryer clean and economical
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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