What to do when your dryer won’t start

You rely on your washer and dryer a considerable amount. Beyond just washing and drying your clothes you may also rely on your dryer to iron out your clothes or to warm up the clothing during the colder months. If one day you find the dryer won't start, you'll need to determine what's causing the problem. Usually this issue is something you're able to fix on your own without the aid of a professional. However, should these troubleshooting tips fail to work, it is best to contact a repair technician in the area and have them look at it. They will find what is causing the problem and let you know whether it's best to repair or replace the dryer.

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When the dryer won't start, it's usually because something is preventing the completion of the electrical circuit within the dryer. When you tell the dryer to start, a signal is sent from the button (or knob) that goes to the heating filament. An electrical current then causes the filament to heat up or gas is used from a gas connection to create the heat. When there is no heat, there is usually something preventing this.

When you find the dryer won't start, the problem can range from a minor problem--such as an issue with the door latching--all the way to a part that needs to be replaced. Even if you do need to have a part replaced, it shouldn't cost too much to replace it. In many instances, a damaged part can be replaced without the aid of a technician. Outside of digging into the inner workings of the dryer, most parts can be replaced in under an hour. All you need to do is follow the instructions.

Once the circuit can be completed, and the filament allowed to heat, your dryer should return to its original functionality without any problems from there.

WHAT TO CHECK IF YOUR DRYER IS NOT STARTING

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When the dryer won't start, you must follow these troubleshooting steps. These steps will walk you through the process of looking into the most common problems with dryers. However, as each dryer is a little different from the next, you may need to move past these steps and check out the manufacturer's website. Chances are though, you'll identify the problem and correct the issue with these dryer not starting tips.

CHECK THE OUTLET

CHECK THE CIRCUIT

CLEAN OUT THE LINT TRAP

CHECK THE DOOR

CHECK THE FUSE

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DRYER WON'T START

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​Should you find your dryer won't start it is important to follow through with these instructions. These are basic troubleshooting steps to follow for any make and model dryer. However, should these steps not work, you should visit the manufacturer's website and look for the owner's manual and troubleshooting support. The website will provide you with information based on how to fix such an issue and what the more common problems are with your exact model.

Should you find the dryer still won't start, you must contact a professional. Sometimes the problem with the dryer is more substantial and there may be further damage inside the dryer. It's also possible you experienced a power surge that overloaded the circuit before the fuse blew, which means the dryer might be shot. This more than likely is not the issue (unless you had a lightening strike your house or a nearby power converter), but by bringing in a professional you'll be able to figure out what is going on with the dryer and whether it's in your best interest to repair or replace the dryer.

CONCLUSION

Should you find the dryer won't start, you need to follow these troubleshooting steps. Most of these steps will take no more than a few minutes to execute. After you have performed the steps, you will be able to know whether you have identified the problem or if you need to move further on with the diagnostic process.

After using the information the manufacturer's website provides, if there is still a problem you need to bring in a professional. Whatever is causing the dryer from turning on and running a cycle, you'll get to the bottom of it with these troubleshooting steps.

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