Dryer Won’t Turn On: Causes and Solutions

Nobody thought that by the time the dryer concept was patented in the late 19th century, it would soon become a necessary household item. Using a good dryer, you’ll have fresh laundry in all seasons, and your garments’ vibrant colors will last longer. This explains your inconvenience when the dryer won’t turn on. This article will explain the different causes and how to fix this problem. So, let’s dive in.

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Reasons Why Your Dryer Won’t Turn On

There are several reasons why your dryer won’t start. 

  • A bad thermal fuse due to a clogged vent is probably the most common culprit.
  • Another common reason is a start switch that doesn’t carry the electric current to the engine. 
  • There might be a power problem that prevents your dryer from starting, although there’s nothing wrong with your appliance. 
  • If the door switch isn’t activated, your dryer won’t start. 
  • You might have a broken motor that doesn’t turn even when the power is on. A problem with the belt can also be the reason why your dryer isn’t working. 
  • A bad timer might be the reason why your dryer won’t work. 
  • If all the other parts are working correctly, there might be a problem with the control board. The belt switch might also be broken if your dryer comes with one. 

Steps to Fix Your Dryer

You don’t have to call a handyman the minute your dryer stops working. There are actually a few things you can do at home, and if they don’t work, you can call a professional to fix your dryer. 

Clean the Dryer

All the lint buildup can affect the way your dryer operates. So first, check the manual and then clean the lint trap system that might gather around the belt or on the thermal fuse and prevent the drum from turning. 

Check the Power

Try another appliance to ensure the power outlet is working. You might have to call an electrician if it doesn’t. 

Connect your dryer to a different power outlet and see if it works. You might also have to press the start button long enough if you didn’t. 

Check All Buttons

Your dryer might not work because the control or child lock button is on. First, unlock it, and then start your dryer again. If the start switch is broken, call a professional to repair it. 

Dryers with touch control panels can easily break down if your child presses all the buttons improperly. So you might need to have it replaced. 

Unlock the timer if it’s locked, and start your dryer again. You might also have to replace it. 

Check the Door

'An unlatched door might be why your dryer won't start. If the switch is broken, call a handyman to have it replaced. 

Check the Electric Components

This is a job for a professional, and it doesn’t have to be very complicated. If you have some maintenance experience, you can remove the back panel and replace the fuses. It might also be time to replace the motor or the belt. 

Wrap Up

You can do a few things if your dryer won’t work. But if the problem is related to replacing an electric component, then hiring a professional dryer repair technician is recommended. 

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