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Dryer Won't Heat? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Dryer Won't Heat? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know


There are multiple issues that can prevent your dryer from heating to the appropriate temperature or to not heat at all. These issues can range from basic maintenance to more complex problems that involve electronic or mechanical components. No matter the issue, diagnosing and repairing the problem is easy with a little elbow grease and some helpful hints from our friends at Sears Parts Direct.


Dryer that Won't Heat

Potential Fixes



Perform Basic Maintenance

By keeping up with regular maintenance, you can not only prevent more complicated issues from occuring, but also extend the life of your appliance. Be sure to clean trapped lint from the exhaust tube and check inside the drum for clogged air vents that can prevent warm air from properly circulating throughout the interior.


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Dryer Maintenance Kit

Dryer Valve Coils

Replace the Dryer Gas Valve Coils

In order to safely ignite the burner and maintain the appropriate temperature throughout a drying cycle, your gas dryer needs to have functional solenoid coils. If your dryer heats briefly but ends before the cycle is finished, a fualty gas valve coil could be the culprit.


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Replace the Dryer Heating Element

The heating element is one of the most important components of your gas or electric dryer. This will likely be the culprit if the appliance runs but is not supplying heat. If your dryer is powered and all other components are in good working order, there's a chance that the heating element could be damaged and needs to be replaced.


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Dryer Heating Element

Dryer Electronic Control Board

Repair or Replace the Dryer Electronic Control Board

The electronic control board is the command center of your dryer. Problems with the control board can be difficult to pinpoint and require more expertise to fix than other common repairs. If you think this may be the problem with your appliance, it's recommended that you have it professionally repaired.


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Replace the Dryer Thermal Cut-off Fuse

The thermal cut-off fuse helps to prevent your dryer from overheating as it drys. If the thermal cut-off fuse is triggered due to high heat or another malfunctioning component, it cannot be reset and must be entirely replaced.


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Dryer Thermal Cut Off Fuse

Dryer Timer

Replace the Dryer Timer

The dryer timer regulates the duration of drying cycles. Dryer timer issues can keep your dryer from starting, heating or advancing through a cycle.


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Replace the Flame Sensor

Another component that can cause the burner in your gas dryer to malfunction is the flame sensor. This component needs to trip in order for the burner to light and heat the contents of the dryer drum.


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Dryer Flame Sensor

Dryer Igniter

Replace the Dryer Igniter

The dryer igniter works in conjunction with the flame sensor and gas valve coils to complete the burner ignition sequence. If the igniter cannot become hot enough to complete the cycle, it needs to be replaced.


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Replace the Dryer Operating Thermostat

Otherwise known as the cycling thermostat, the dryer operating thermostat ensures that your dryer is running at the appropriate temperature throughout each cycle. If the operating thermostat is broken or malfunctioning, it cannot properly regulate the heating element of an electric dryer or the burner of a gas dryer.


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Dryer Operating Thermostat

Dryer Thermistor

Replace the Dryer Thermistor

Like the operating thermostat, the thermistor helps to regulate the temperature of the drying cycle. Most modern dryers will display a fault code if this component is permanently broken, but a malfunctioning thermistor can prevent the dryer from heating properly while still allowing it to run.


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Replace the Dryer Heater Relay

A broken or malfunctioning heater relay will prevent the heating component from igniting in a gas model or engaging in an electric model. Like with some other components, a broken dryer heater relay will not prevent the dryer from running, but will not heat the contents thoroughly.


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Dryer Heater Relay