Laundry Center: Dryer won't heat

When the laundry center dryer isn't getting hot, the culprit could be the timer or electronic control board that controls the heat. If your laundry center has an electric dryer, a broken heating element, failed thermostat, bad motor switch or voltage supply problem also could prevent the dryer from heating. If you have a gas dryer, a bad gas supply, failed gas valve coils, a bad thermostat or failed motor switch also can prevent the gas burner from heating.

On a laundry center that uses an electronic control board to control dryer operations, the control board typically signals an error code when the control detects a component failure that prevents the dryer from heating. Refer to the error code chart to help you determine the cause of the error code and heating failure. The dryer should resume heating once you correct the problem that caused the error code.

If your dryer still won't heat after you've resolved the error code, check out our troubleshooting videos. If your laundry center has an electric dryer, watch our electric dryer won't heat troubleshooting video. If you have a gas dryer, watch our gas dryer won't heat troubleshooting video. The dryer in your laundry center may differ from the one shown in the videos, but the troubleshooting concepts likely will help you figure out why your dryer isn't heating. Replace any failed parts you find during the troubleshooting.

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These repairs may help solve your laundry center problem

Replace the laundry center dryer timer

Replace the laundry center dryer timer

The timer controls the components in the dryer. Also called a cycle selector, the timer has a motor that advances the internal cams inside the timer body. The cams open and close electrical contacts to energize and de-energize components during the wash cycle. A control knob on the stem of the timer lets the user select cycles on the timer. If the timer motor doesn-t advance or the contacts are defective in the timer, replace the dryer timer.

Replace the laundry center dryer heating element

Replace the laundry center dryer heating element

The dryer heating element generates the heat needed to dry clothes. If the dryer isn't heating, check the element for visible damage and replace the heating element if it's broken. Almost all electric heating elements require 240 volts to function correctly; if the heating element won't heat even though it's getting the 240-volt power, replace it even if it doesn't look broken.

Symptoms common to all laundry centers

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Main causes: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve

Repair guides common to all laundry centers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your laundry center.

How to replace a laundry center washer drive motor

If the motor doesn’t run, you can replace it in less than an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer lid lock switch

If the washer fills but won’t start the agitation cycle, the lid lock switch could be defective.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your laundry center.

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Displaying error codes on Kenmore and Frigidaire laundry centers

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Step-by-step directions for entering the diagnostic test mode.

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How to repair broken or damaged wires video

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

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How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts video

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