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Dryer Won’t Start

The parts or conditions listed below for the dryer won’t start   are ordered from most to least likely to occur. Dryer repair Miami and Broward.

Commercial dryer won’t start

Cause 1 –Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device that prevents the dryer from overheating. The fuse is located in the fan housing or is in the heat source of the dryer, as the element that generates heat in the electric dryers, or in gas models in the burner. The fuse has to be closed by continuity, which means that it has a continuous electrical path through it so long as it is functional. If it overheats, the fuse will lose continuity, which means that the electrical path is disrupted and the fuse has blown. A multimeter can be used to test continuity. A blown thermal fuse indicates restricted exhaust ventilation from the dryer to the outside. This is the main cause for dryer won’t start use for fix Dryer repair  Miami  service.

Cause 2 – Start Switch

To determine if the ignition switch is faulty, try turning on the dryer. If the dryer vibrates but does not turn on, the start switch is faultless. If the dryer does not respond or makes no noise, the start switch may be defective. Use a multimeter to test the continuity of the start switch. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.

Cause 3 – Door Switch

The door switch activates when the dryer door is closed. The door switch emits an audible sound when activated in most dryers. To determine if the door switch is working, try turning on the dryer and then listen for the “click”. If the door switch clicks, it is most likely not defective. If you do not hear a click, use a multimeter to test the door switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.

Cause 4 – Drive Motor

The drive motor rotates the drum and the fan wheel to expel the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch. IAndall of these parts are working properly, but the engine buzzes, remove the belt from the engine and check that there are no obstructions in the fan wheel. If the blower wheel has no obstructions, it is possible that the dryer motor has some problem. If you suspect that the motor is defective, replace it.

Cause 5 – Transmission Belt

In most dryers, when the dryer belt breaks, the motor will continue to run, but the drum will not turn. However, some dryers have a switch that shuts off the dryer if the transmission belt is broken. Check dryer belt to determine if it is broken. If the strap is broken, replace it.

Cause 6 – Belt Switch

In most dryers, when the dryer belt breaks, the motor will continue to run, but the drum will not turn. However, some dryers have a switch that shuts off the dryer if the drive belt is broken. If this switch fails, you could cut off the power to the dryer even when the belt is not broken. First, turn on the dryer and listen for a buzzing sound. If the dryer emits a hum when you try to turn it on, this means that the belt switch is not defective. Next, look up your model number to determine if your dryer has a belt switch. If your dryer has a belt switch, use a multimeter to test the continuity of the switch. Now, the switch does not have continuity, replace it.Use for fix Dryer repair  Miami

Cause 7 – Incoming Power

If you have a gas dryer, unplug the dryer from the wall and connect something else to the outlet to determine if the outlet is working. You have an electric dryer, check the automatic fuse or fuses. The circuit breaker or fuses work, use a multimeter to test the outlet.

Cause 8 – Main Control Board

The main control board may be defective. This is not usually the case. Before replacing the main control board, check all the most commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all other components are working correctly, replace the main control board. (The control board cannot be easily tested, but you can try to inspect it for signs of burns or short circuit).

Cause 9 – Timer

The timer may be defective. But, this is very rare. Before replacing the timer, check all the most commonly defective piece. If you determine that all other components are working correctly, test the timer using a multimeter and referring to the wiring diagram. If the timer is defective, replace it. This the low possibility for dryer won’t start. Use for fix Dryer repair  Miami


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  1. Dryer won’t start
    There may be several reasons for your dryer to stop working. If your dryer won’t start, you shouldn’t rush to buy a new one, because in some cases you can fix the damage by yourself. Here are some of the most common reasons why a dryer won’t start, which you can diagnose without the help of a specialist. The only tool you’ll need in some of these cases is a multimeter.
    The most common cause of this problem is a broken thermal fuse. A broken thermal fuse may be an effect of overheating, for the main function of the fuse is to generate heat for the dryer to work and to cool it down. Another frequent cause for a dryer not to start is a defect in the start switch. A simple way to find out whether the switch is damaged is to turn the dryer on. If it doesn’t vibrate nor makes any noise, you should try replacing the start switch. The door switch also may prevent the dryer from working. If the switch doesn’t emit any sound when you close the door, the problem is probably in the door switch.
    If all the structures listed above are working correctly, and the driver still won’t start, replace the drive motor. Also check out the transmission belt. If the strap or the switch of the dryer belt are broken, it will prevent the drier from starting.
    The next reason for a dryer to break is a problem with the incoming power. If you have a gas dryer, try plugging in another device into the very outlet which you use for the dryer. If the other device doesn’t work, the problem is not in the dryer, but in the gas supply. In the case of an electric dryer, check the automatic fuse and the outlet with a multimeter.
    A defect in the main control board, or the timer are among the least common reasons why your dryer won’t start, but if you have checked all the other parts of the dryer and found no fault in them, then examine these two structures, and replace them if you find any sings of harm caused to them.
    Here you have the 9 most common causes of damage that may prevent a dryer from starting. Try determining by yourself which of them is present in your dryer using the information that is provided in this text, and if you can’t figure out what’s wrong with your drier, or it is impossible for you to fix that, contact a repairman.

    Cristina Interian

  2. Most folk don’t really bother with exploring the problem when a home appliance stops working, they either replace the equipment or just call a technician, but in most cases the cause of the problem is an easy and quick fix and don’t require you to do much. And even if you are not much of a handyman, or woman; there are a few things you can test before tossing money down the drain. If your dryer won’t start it is more than likely the cause is a simple one.
    First eliminate all the obvious one, like for instance, make sure it is connected to the grid and receiving electricity, yeah, it happens. In fact it is ranked as number one cause for dryer won’t start.
    Then a good way to troubleshoot your dryer is the one on this article, as items are listed in a more likely-less likely reason. You will need access to a multimeter for most cases though. Don’t have one? No fuzz, ask your handy neighbors, chances are they’ll have one.
    Start on the thermal fuse, since the most likely cause is overheating. Now to keep your dryer from overheating when other parts are malfunctioning the fuse job is actually, to break, so a blown fuse is usually an indicator that something else is wrong, you can try replacing it to test whether or not there is an underlying problem but at least make sure the exhaust ventilation is working properly.
    Another easy check is the door switch, as most dryer won’t start with the door open. This device prevents manipulation accidents and will interrupt electricity to the dryer if door is open or at least if he thinks it is. In all this cases the dryer will make no sound or move when trying to start them.
    Now, if when you turn on the dryer it makes a small sound and moves a bit, it’s time to test some more parts. If you can hear the motor running properly but the drum is not moving, your prime suspect is the transmission belt. Easy replace, but make sure you take the broken one with you to the store since there are many, many, many types of transmission belts, and even if a similar one may work there is no substitute for the real thing.
    Now if all else fails, multimeter in hand; test the motor, the belt switch, and the timer. If none of these parts appear to be faulty, the most likely cause for your dryer not starting is the main control board. At this point you may inspect for any visible damaged components. But the best course of action is to contact a technician; hey that was still not a waste of time, at least now, you know a bit more about how your dryer works, and you can ask the technician more prepared questions.

  3. Hay muchas causas por las cuales un secador no encenderá. Una de las principales puede ser que haya un problema en el fusible térmico, el cual previene al secador de sobrecalentamiento, dicho fusible debe de estar cerrado por continuidad, pero si se calentara de más, perdería la continuidad interrumpiéndose el circuito, lo que le provoca al fusible que se queme o funda. Otra de las causas puede ser problemas en el interruptor de arranque, para ello debe probar encendiendo el interruptor, si vibra, pero no enciende, no debe estar defectuoso, pero si no responde o no hace ruido, entonces es que puede presentar problemas. El interruptor de puerta puede ser otra de las complicaciones por los cuales un secador no funcione, para comprobar que no esté averiado, debe de encender dicho secador con la compuerta cerrada y escuchar un clic, si hace el clic, no debe tener defecto. En el caso de que detecte problemas en el interruptor de arranque y el de puerta es necesario utilizar un multímetro para verificar la continuidad de ambos interruptores, si no existe continuidad, deben de ser reemplazados. Otra de las causas puede ser problemas en el motor de impulsión, antes de que este sea reemplazado, debe de haber revisado el fusible térmico, el interruptor de arranque y el de puerta, si todo está bien, debe desmontar la correa del motor y comprobar que no haya obstrucciones en la rueda ventiladora, si no tiene obstrucciones, el motor posiblemente debe tener algún problema, por ende, debe sustituirlo si existe la sospecha. Otra causa puede ser que la correa se rompa, en la mayoría de los secadores el motor funcionará, aunque esté rota la correa, pero el tambor no girará, en otros hay un interruptor que apaga el secador si la correa de transmisión está defectuosa, en ambos tipos de secadores debe de chequear la correa y reemplazarla en caso de que tenga problemas. Otra causa que pueden presentar los secadores es en el interruptor de la correa, el cual lo tienen algunos tipos de secadores; para comprobar que no tiene problemas encienda el secador y escuche; si emite un zumbido significa que no tiene defectos, luego se busca el número de modelo para saber si el secador tiene interruptor de correa, de tenerla, probar la continuidad con un multímetro. Otra de las causas es la potencia de entrada de corriente; si usted tiene un secador de gas, revise el tomacorriente, conectando otro equipo eléctrico y si tiene un secador eléctrico chequee los fusibles, si el disyuntor o los fusibles funcionan, use un multímetro para probar el tomacorriente en el cual está conectando el secador. La placa de control principal, aunque no es muy común que se dañe, puede ser uno de los motivos por los cuales un secador no encenderá, antes de remplazarla debe de chequear todas las piezas que usualmente suelen tener defectos, si todo está en orden, pues debe reemplazar la placa, aunque esta no puede ser fácilmente probada, puede ver si ha sido averiada identificando señales por algún corto circuito o quemadura. El temporizador raramente presenta problemas, por lo que debe de verificar todas las partes del secador antes de lanzarse a cambiarlo, si todo funciona use un multímetro para comprobar dicho temporizador, de estar defectuoso debe cambiarlo.

    Nombre: Roldan Esmoris Gil

  4. Dryer systems in washing machines are very reliable and safe despite the stories you hear about pets trapped inside the cylinder, clothes flying out of the equipment or fingers sliced out of a hand accidentally inside the clothes container with the door open. I’ve heard stories about how a neighbor’s house basement get into fire due to a motor overheat. A friend of mine once told me his grandson left the cat inside the rotating cylinder of an old dryer. He was making the laundry, some seconds after he pushed “dry” button a loud scream came out the moving clothes. The cat is still alive, but for sure lost his confidence in the boy that put it in that place. The reason of this accidents is all about paranoia and ignorance. Technology has evolved for the better but this hasn’t too much for our responsibility to deal with it.

    From putting our clothes in a wire at the sun to the use of a dryer machine, the mechanism has change but the objective remains the same. We put now the clothes inside a ‘drum’ that spins at very high speed and along high temperature air we remove all water from our clothes in much less time than that at the outdoors. You heard high speed and hot air, but there’s no reason to be afraid. Laundry equipment technology has evolved a lot with a single thing in mind: Safety.

    You could get a proof of that when you open any washing machine manual and imagine the things that could happen. I do consider myself a good reader of household appliance manuals. They particularly offer detailed explanation on how to use an equipment, but most of all how to act when your appliance fail. Nowadays, dryers fail rarely, it fails mainly by users bad operations. The existence of not so careful people could produce not so good results, those I could name “dryer won’t start” outcomes. However, even for those people there are always a solution to problems. Let’s see better what I’m talking about.

    You and your wife are in the laundry room drinking beer while making laundry (yes, you & your woman having quality time in the laundry room) and suddenly you left fall your bottle and spread all the content over the main control board of the machine. In the case of malfunction, I would not worry about burning, or electric shock, nothing of that. Is a waterproof board. Almost nothing is going to electrocute or burn. Well, that depends on the amount of beer your left over it. In case you spill over a whole six-pack beer box on the control board, common sense says us to unplug the machine of incoming power. Maybe the thought “this too expensive dryer won’t start anymore” may scare you now, but the right thing to do is call the appliance repair service. Most of the cases there’s no rocket science, they’ll just check your main control board for defective component, burnt or in short circuit. If faulty, in a question of minutes, you get a new board, but if OK, nothing to do, use again, now with more care.

    Another dryer won’t start panic moment is when you plug the dryer into the wall and with enthusiastic energy you activate start switch but nothing happens. You wonder yourself why this just bought thing doesn’t work now. No reason to shake or to be angry for. Make some breathe exercises and then remember the need of electricity for the machine to work. Check the outlet is working properly testing another equipment in it. Again, wait for the the visit of the electrician or without fear just change yourself one of the house fuse and that’s it, dryer won’t start bad moment swept away.

    Least but most important, picture the situation when the nanny looking for your children and taking care of your laundry put too heavy clothing inside the dryer producing an overheating in the dryer’s motor. Before calling the firemen department think about what it says in the manual: It will never be a fire because the use of a thermal fuse, which responsible of safety disconnection of an overcharged motor. Nothing a good appliance repair service couldn’t handle. Just another fuse to change, that one near the motor. So, irresponsible nanny won’t be the cause for a dryer won’t start unwanted situation or even a basement in flames.

    Take into account that is not a perfect world, problem will always arise, but I think that laundry appliances are very protected against all kind or misoperations.

  5. There are many causes that make possible that a dryer won’t start and you will need some services from Miami repair service group, but before calling them you could have in mind some ideas that can be useful for you and may be you could repair yourself the dryer or you can know your actual problem and call to fix it with security and knowledge. One of the main could be a thermal fuse problem, it prevents the dryer of overheating, this fuse has to be closed by continuity, but in case of overheating, continuity will be disrupted and the fuse blown. Other difficult is the Start switch, you may test it turning on the switch, and if it vibrates and don’t start the switch may be faultless, but if it doesn’t respond or make no noise, then it could be damaged. Door switch can be other complication who cause that the dryer won’t start, one way to check it is starting the dryer with the door closed and listen a click, if you listen it, this switch can be ok, but otherwise it could be defective. Both cases Start switch and Door switch, when there is a suspect about faulty you can use a multimeter to test continuity, in case there is no continuity you will need to replace them. Other difficult can be the Drive motor, firstly you could test the Start switch, Door switch and thermal fuse, once done if you can see that everything is fine, shut off the dryer belt and test that there is no obstructions with the fan wheel, later if all fine, you can suspect that the motor could have some problems, in this case you have in mind to replace it. In addition, you could check some problems with the belt in case it is broken, in most dryers its motors will start although the belt is broken but the drum won’t turn on, anyway there are dryers that have a switch to shut them off in case the transmission belt is defective, you can realize that in both cases you should test the belt and replace it if there is a damage. Another problem that involve the belt is the belt switch, it is integrated in some dryers, you may check faulty when you turn on the dryer and don’t listen a hum, later you can seek the model number and realize if that dryer has a belt switch, if so, you can test continuity with a multimeter. Incoming power could be one of the causes that a dryer won’t start, the first step to check it is depending your dryer model, and it means a gas dryer or an electric dryer, if you have the first one you will check the outlet and plug in other device, and the second one you will test the fuse and breaker, in case they work correctly, you can use a multimeter and check the outlet you are plug in the dryer. There are two causes that may occur rarely but also they could damage a dryer, and of course other reason that a dryer won’t start properly, one of them is the Main control board, before replacing it, you could verify that the other common reasons that can cause that a dryer won’t start are working without a defective, although a board can’t be tested easily, you could check a damage with some signals of short circuit or burns, the timer is other cause, firstly you could test the other pieces and realize that all is fine, then you can use a multimeter to test continuity and replace the timer if it is faulty. The problems decribed above are the common causes why a dryer won’t start and a chance to have some tips and try to solve your dryer faults or at least verify the actual cause about your problem

    Nombre Roldan Esmoris Gil

  6. If you´re a housewife, a single working woman or a family father you might probably face this problem at least once: your dryer machine won´t start. Most people will go crazy, not knowing exactly what to do at the time or will immediately call a technician. They maybe, will go to the store to buy a new washing machine and they will just dump the old one. However, the first thing to do if your dryer won´t start should be checking these possible causes one by one, because maybe your problem has a simple, fast and cheap solution. Usually, the problem can be solved by ourselves and a lot faster that if we have to wait for somebody else to come and do it. The most common causes for your dryer won´t start are:
    1. A malfunctioning of the thermal fuse, which is a safety device that prevents overheating.
    2. The start switch is faultless
    3. A problem with the door switch
    4. The drive motor is defective
    5. The transmission belt is broken
    6. The drive belt is broken
    7. There is a problem with the power source
    8. The main control board may be defective
    9. The timer may be defective
    All these possible causes are listed from the most to the least common ones. From case 1 to 3, which are the most likely to happen you should easily recognize the problem by using a multimeter to test continuity. In case number 4, first than all you should check if there is something obstructing the fan wheel. In the next two cases you have to check first if your washing machine model uses a belt switch. Right after that, you should be capable to determine if the dryer belt is broken or not. If that´s the case, you only have to replace it, if not you´ll have to use a mutimeter to check the continuity of the switch. If your dryer machine won´t start, check out your power source, testing both the outlet and the circuit breaker. Last couple cases are really rare to happen, however, it should be tested anyway if you have already tried out everything else. The solution for both of the problems is to replace either the control board or the timer.
    So far, you should be able to make the first inspection and determine the problem of your dryer machine, either to fix it yourself or to explain the technician what you think is causing the dryer malfunctioning. Anyway, is never a waste of time knowing this basic things and been able to solve our house´s problems.
    Tania Rodríguez Valera

  7. Thermal Fuse
    The thermal fuse is a safety device found in most dryers and other house appliances to prevent overheating which may cause electrical cuts that could damage the main electronic devices. It is a very heat sensitive fuse and will break if the temperature becomes too hot and will interrupt power to the drive motor and cause the dryer to be inoperable. If the fuse does not have any continuity when tested with a multi-meter, then there must be another problem in the electronic part of the dryer. Don’t forget to disconnect power to the dryer before testing the fuse.
    Start Switch
    The start switch is placed in the dryer’s main console. When depressed it sends power to the drive motor and starts the dryer working. If the switch has problems, the dryer doesn’t start. You can test the switch continuity using a multi-meter. Unplug the dryer before you test the start switch or the multi-meter can display a wrong measure for it could be measuring another componet continuity.
    Door Switch
    On all dryers and other appliances, the door switch allows the dryer to start working only when the door is closed because it has a switch that send power to the electric components. If the dryer does not start when the door is closed then the door switch may be faulty. The switch and can be tested with a multi-tester for continuity and it may have two or more terminals. So you need to check the right terminals by following the connections that have to send electricity to the board. After you check the right connections unplug the switch.
    Drive Motor
    All electric dryers have a motor that turns the blower and the dryer drum. A faulty motor can cause your dryer not to start and may even produce a humming noise from a bad winding or switch on the motor. You should know when the motor is right only by listening at the noise it has. To check for a defective motor you will need to remove the front panel and the drum to have access. You will then need to supply line voltage to the right terminals on the motor to verify if it is defective. This is a live voltage test, so I suggest it should only be performed by qualified persons.
    Transmission Belt
    The transmission belts may be another cause, but it could be fix by changing it without any hard experience. But be careful not to damage the motor line.
    Belt Switch
    The belt switch can be check be testing its continuity. Following the steps for other switches you should use a multi-meter.
    Incoming Power
    The incoming power should be checked using a multi-meter. First unplug the dryer and check it.
    Main Control Board
    The circuit board is placed in the dryer’s main control panel. If the dryer is not starting then check this part as a potential cause. Symptoms that the board is faulty include burn marks on the board itself and/or parts on the circuit board appear to be shorted out. If the board is defective then it normally cannot be repaired and will need to be replaced. Check the capacitors. They may be blown.
    The timer turns electric contacts off and on. A defective timer contact can prevent power from getting to the drive motor and the timer will need to be replaced.
    These are the most common parts that can cause a dryer not to start but there are some others that could be at fault. If you are unable to fix it with the information we provide to you, contact the qualified personnel or the damage could be worst when you try to fix it.

  8. Dryer won’t start

    If your dryer won’t start there may be some issues you can check to make sure why it doesn’t work properly. The most possible causes – ordered from most to least likely to occur – are Thermal Fuse, Start Switch, Door Switch, Drive Motor, Transmission Belt, Belt Switch, Incoming Power, Main Control Board and Timer. You can diagnose your dryer using in some of these cases a multimeter to test electrical continuity.

    The most common reason why a dryer don’t start is a broken thermal fuse produced by an overheating. To determine if the thermal fuse is working, test continuous electrical path through it. Another possible cause your dryer don’t work is a faulty ignition switch or a door switch. An easy way to figure it out is to turning on. If the dryer vibrate but does not respond, makes no noise or does not listen for the “click” when you close it, the start switch or door switch may be defective and you’ll need to replace it.

    If all the devices listed above are working properly and the dryer still malfunction, it is probably that the dryer motor or belt have some problems. It would be recommended to check both devices and replace it if you suspect they are not well function.

    Be aware of some dryer models have a belt switch that if it defective can cut off the power to the dryer even when the belt is not broken. So, you should look up your dryer model number to determine if it has a belt switch. If it is the case you must test the electrical continuity of the switch before replace the belt.

    It is important to be sure your dryer is plugged in the correct, functional and safe source power. In the case of an electric dryer, check the automatic fuse and the outlet with a multimeter.

    A main control board or timer may be the least common defective parts. It is highly recommended first check all the previous mention possible defective parts. Replace main control board or timer only if you find signs of burns or short circuit.

    Please in case you won’t be able to replace the broken parts or cannot fix the damage by yourself contact Dryer repair Miami service.

    Alejandro Reyes Romero

  9. Dryer won’t start
    while doing the house chores you might face different issues that sometimes delay everything you have to do at home. Probably it is an electric lamp that needs to be replaced or maybe your kitchen sink got blocked and needs to be repaired. There might be plenty of them, but, undoubtedly, one of the most common problems when doing the housework is that your dryer won’t start.
    Well, there might be several reasons why your dryer won’t start. Some people would go immediately to the store and buy a new one; some others, on the other hand, would try to fix the problem or try to find a solution by themselves. If you are one of the last group, here there are some of those reasons. In most cases you will only need a multimeter to check what the problem is.
    Going from top to bottom, the most common problem we might face is the failure of the thermal fuse, which generates heat in the electric dryer. If this overheats, it will lose continuity and might blown. In this case you can use a multimeter to check continuity.
    The next common issue is the faulty of the start switch, which you can check by only turning on the dryer. If it has lost continuity you just need to replace it by a new one. There is also the door switch, which could also be replaced if it loses continuity.
    If all these are defectless but your dryer still won’t work you should take a look at the dryer motor and just replace it if it has some problem.
    Otherwise there is the need to take a look at the transmission belt and the belt switch (if your dryer model has the latter). There would be necessary to replace the transmission belt if it is broken, or the belt switch (if has it) if this one has lost continuity. But if everything listed above is working and your dryer won’t start either, let’s keep digging in your machine in order to fix it.
    Let’s check now the incoming power. You will only need to test the outlet to discard the problem is with your dryer.
    Finally, and less happen to occur, the main control board or the timer may be defective. If all other components are working correctly use a multimeter for testing the timer and replace it if needed, or just replace the main control board.
    As you see, there are many different reasons why a dryer won’t start. You will only need to be a little ingenious to find a solution to solve the problems, or you just call a specialist if you don’t want to risk it. Either case, the solution is on your hands.

  10. If you are reading this, most probably your dryer machine is not working correctly: pretty obvious! So by this troubleshooting guide you will be aimed to locate the trouble and try to figure out by yourself which would be the problem, or problems, that makes your dryer machine not starting.

    Summary of possible causes:

    1. Thermal Fuse

    2. Start Switch

    3. Door Switch

    4. Drive Motor

    5. Transmission Belt

    6. Belt Switch

    7. Incoming Power

    8. Main Control Board

    9. Timer

    Tools you will need:

    1. Screwdriver

    2. Multimeter

    One of the first things you must consider, even when it sounds simple, is the power supply. Check if the machine is correctly connected to a power supply, and also take a look at the power supply to verify if is electricity current there. The cord should be extended to avoid short-circuit issues as well.

    In warm climate conditions, or by non-stopping use, the dryer machine can be vulnerable to overheating. Also, if the air flow or the fan that refresh the engine is blocked or bad-functioning the machine will stop and won’t start again. By overheating, the thermal fuse will cut the continuous electricity and the machine is going to stop: that safety measure avoid the dryer to get broken. So you have to take an eye on thermal fuse if you are on some of those circumstances, and replace it (just the fuse).

    Start switch turns on the device. Any fault on it would be a possible reason of non-starting. A hint is to hear the “beep” that makes when you turn it on to realize if it works. Can be checked with a multimeter to test the continuous current, and lack of it means replace would be needed.

    Door switch can be another of the causes that avoid the dryer to start. If the door is not correctly closed the device will not dry. If the door it’s properly closed, and the dryer is on, you must check the door switch. It has to “click” when you closed the door, otherwise is defective and should replace it. Electricity continuity can be tested with a multimeter in this scenario as well, helping you to identify the question.

    Drive motor makes the drum spin and the fan too. So it’s fundamental! Before changing off this part, things above should be taken in consideration: is going to be a way for preventing useless replacements. The drive motor must rotate free, without obstacles (excessive dust can be considered as one obstruction). Maintenance is a great idea to prevent the motor struggles, and will provide longer life to it. If all those things are ok you will have to change the drive motor.

    If the machine starts, beeps, and you can also hear the motor running, most likely the transmission belt is broken, or out of the correct position. Just check it and replace it if is ruined or old. There is a belt switch too but no in all models, so determine if yours has one by the serial number that comes in your device. If the belt got broken the switch turns off the machine; but if the switch got broken the machine won’t work: try first with a multimeter (again) and no current continuity means replacement.

    Incoming power can also be one of the issues your machine has if don’t start. Determine if your incoming power is gas or electricity and verify the outlets. Bad connections prevent the equipment from working. Also the fuses should be tested to assure the electrical circuit is closed and current is getting the main control board.

    In the main control board you can barely do a repair. A suggestion is to look for burnt components, signs of burns, missing parts; if some of those appear I recommend changing the main control board for a new one. A good idea is to buy one from a certified vendor and avoid imitations or cheap ones.

    The provider assures that defectiveness in the timer it’s not usual. Most of the components described before are much more susceptible of bad-functioning, getting broken or just not working. So it will be lowest possibility! Aldo, a multimeter can help you to locate troubles with the electricity continuity or wrong voltage values, and replace is the best choice if solve it out.

    These are most of the possible causes if your dryer won’t start. Always remember to verify the causes in the order described above. If by any chance all these steps have been done, and the device stills not starting, I recommend contacting the seller or qualified personnel for a deep analysis of it. Hope the guide will be helpful. Good luck!

    Alberto Perez

  11. Why won’t my dryer start?

    Having nice, clean clothes is something we all strive for and also something that has become an unavoidable part of our weekly routine. Therefore, when you place your clean but wet laundry inside your dryer drum, press the start button and nothing happens, it can be pretty frustrating.
    Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix and, in some cases, the fix can come from you if you understand what you are looking for and have a couple of tools at hand: a screwdriver and a multimeter (to make sure your appliance and its parts are continuously getting electricity).
    The reasons for your dryer not working are several and they include the thermal fuse (which prevents it from overheating); the start switch (if the multimeter shows it does not have continuity, replace it); the door switch (if it clicks most likely it is not defective, if it doesn’t, the multimeter will show you whether you have continuity. If you don’t, replace it); the drive motor which rotates the drum and the fan wheel that expels the air (if you suspect the motor is defective, it must be replaced); the transmission belt (you will know this if you notice that the motor continues to run and the drum does not turn. In this case, if the strap is broken, replace it); the belt switch (some dryers have a switch that shuts of the dryer when the belt is broken); the incoming power (in case of a gas dryer, unplug it from the wall and connect something else to check if the outlet is working; in the case of an electric dryer use a multimeter to check if the outlet works or check the circuit breaker); the main control board (this is unusual. Before replacing it check all other possible defective parts). Very rarely the timer may be defective. Do not replace this until you are sure all of the other parts are working well.
    Your DIY skills come in handy in this case and you may be able to fix this situation yourself. Otherwise, the team of specialists at Appliance Care & Service in Broward will definitely fix this for you. Give them a call today.

  12. There are several issues that can prevent your dryer from starting. The most common is the Thermal Fuse, a safety device that avoids overheating your machine. While this fuse is closed, the electricity will flow through it normally. But if it overheats, due for example to a restricted exhaust ventilation from your dryer to the outside, it will blow disrupting the electrical path to protect your dryer.
    Another probable cause is the Start Switch. If you turn it on and the dryer doesn’t respond in any way, including some noise, the switch may be defective and will need to be replaced.
    The Door Switch could also be an indicator of a problem. It usually emits an audible sound when is activated by closing the dryer’s door. If you turn the machine on and don’t hear a “click” when the door shuts, this could mean a faulty switch.
    The Drive Motor makes the drum spin and the fan wheel to expel the air. If you checked all the parts mentioned before and they work normally but the engine buzzes, the belt should be removed and inspected for any obstructions in the fan wheel. If none is found, it is likely then that the motor is defective.
    In case the Transmission belt breaks, the motor will still be running but the drum won’t turn. If that is verified, it has to be replaced. There are some dryers equipped with a Belt Switch. If this is faulty, it may shut off the dryer even if the belt is not broken. You should look up your model number to see if your dryer comes with a belt switch. If it does and is determined that the switch is defective, it should be replaced.
    You could also check for Incoming Power. To do so, connect some other device to the outlet where the dryer is plugged in or inspect the circuit breaker to ensure a normal electrical supply.
    It is unusual but still possible that you may have a faulty Main Control Board if the dryer doesn’t start and you have already checked all other parts.
    It is also very unlikely that the Timer is at fault, but if everything else is working it should be properly tested before ruling it out.

  13. Hi, guys at appliancescare.com. I´m writing to you to thank you for that excellent Diagnostic section in your web page. You see, some days ago I happened to be home alone. My wife was going to be attending some lectures abroad for two weeks. I found myself as a house husband for the first time in my life but I refused to give up my task in hand. One thing I was not ready for was facing with a bunch of dirty laundry and no clean shirts to wear. No sweat, I said, that´s what home appliances are for. Washing was fast and easy so my enthusiasm was sky high. But clothes need to be dried out. As we have a brand new dryer which my wife is very proud of, I thought of another piece of cake… No way. This time the appliances gods turned their backs on me. The dryer didn´t start. I put my ear close to the dryer chasis, not a sound… It was late at night and the idea of calling for support service did not cross my mind. So I remembered a phrase from a recent movie: “… if you don´t know it then Google it…” To be honest I had already gave up drying my clothes as I opened my laptop´s lid and typed “troubled dryer” at Google.com. I can´t even remember how many sites I visited or what digital hunch took me to your Diagnostic section. But once there hope was high as I found your troubleshooting steps very easy to follow. So I went on to loosen some screws and began my quest. First I checked the thermal fuse using my everyday Fluke multimeter. It was ok, next step then. I tested the Start switch, Ok too. Checking the door switch proved a little tricky since it was not so easy to reach. It was good. To tell all truth I did not hear the “click” sound throughout the process. Then I double checked the drive motor for signs of overheating or oil spills coming from capacitors and the transmission belt for adjustment issues. Everything was ok so far. By this time I was very optimistic having already read that having a faulty main control board or timer was rare. So I kept pushing. Once I located the belt switch I jumped for joy! A tiny piece of cloth was stuck near the switching tab thus preventing the switch from being closed and so disabling the whole system from starting… Needless to say I went to bed very late that night but having fulfilled my drying task and happy with myself. And very grateful to you guys! My wife urged me to write to you when she heard the story. But know what? She never said a word about that great handyman house husband of hers!
    José Iván Fuentes Fiallo

  14. If your dryer won´t start and you decided to take a look by yourself, this
    list of possible causes could be really helpfull. But first of all you must come down and take a deep breath. I´m sure that having this kind of trouble is never in your schedule, but things like this are part of life when you´re grown up. So take a screwdriver a multimeter and face it.
    In order to help a person who´s dryer won´t start I recomend to locate the trouble by following this short plan ( the * means you must use the multimeter to test continuity of that part of the dryer if damaged )
    1. * Checking the thermal fuse:
    Note if the thermal fuse is blown ( overheating, unproperly
    ventilation = defective )
    2. * Checking the start switch:
    Note if when you turn the dryer on :
    the start switch makes no sound, no responds (defective)
    the start switch vibrates but the dryer does not turn on (faultless)
    3. * Checking the door switch:
    Note if when you turn the dryer on :
    The door schitch clicks (not defective)
    The door schitch do not clicks ( defective)
    4. Checking the drive motor: 
    After remove the belt from the engine note if :
    there is any obstruction in the fan wheel ( drive motor not defective)
    there is not any obstruction in the fan wheel ( drive motor defective)
    5. Checking the transmission belt and the belt switch:
    When your motor will continue to run but the drum will not run, you should note if:
     the transmission belt is broken ( transmission belt defective)
    your dryer model comes with a belt switch but the dryer does not emits a hum when you try to tern it on ( belt switch defective)
    6. Final tips
    If you have a gas dryer check the output by connecting it to something else.
    If you have a electric dryer check the circuit breaker and check the outlet by using a multimeter  
    Inspect the signs of burns or short circuit on the main control board.

    Check all the most commonly defectives pieces in the timer and if necessary use a multimeter and referring to the wiring diagram.

    I hope this plan based on the list can help people to make their repair task faster. Guys, remember that facing challenging tasks improves our self- steem. Nevertheless the are some problems at home you feel you can´t deal with, in this cases you better call a technician because you could hurt yourself or cause permanet damages to the appliances.

  15. Generally speaking, household appliances are very delicate machines. They contain several components that, if faulty, can prevent the whole mechanism from starting. As you may expect, the dryer is no exception. Below you will find a brief list of the most common problems a dryer can present and a simple way to cope with them. The problems that will be dealt with are: the thermal fuse, the start, door and belt switch, the drive motor, the transmission belt, the incoming power, the main control board and the timer.
    In the first group we have as possible causes of your appliance’s malfunction: the thermal fuse, the drive motor and the transmission belt. Referring to the fuse, as it has to be closed by continuity, you can use a multimeter if you suspect it presents any problem. In the case of the drive motor, you have to discard first the possibility of the thermal fuse, start and door switch being defective and also check if there are no obstructions in the fan wheel. Then and only then, you should think of replacing it. At last, when talking about the transmission belt what you need to do is to check if the strap is broken, if it is: replace it.
    In the second group we have the three switches: the start, door and belt switch. Faults in this three switches are very similar to cope with: check for the fault indicator, use a multimeter to check continuity and replace it if necessary. The fault indicator in the start switch is that the dryer will not start or make any sound, in the door switch is the absence of a clicking sound when starting the dryer and finally, in the case of the belt switch, is the lack of a hum when the dryer starts.
    The third and last group comprehends the incoming power, the main control board and the timer. If there are problems with the incoming power check the outlet and if your dryer is electric check also the circuit breaker and the fuses. In the cases of the main control board and the timer, you have to be sure first the rest of the components are working just fine. Then, you can proceed to replace them.

  16. Dryer won’t start
    There may be many reasons why your dryer doesn’t start working but do not panic because in most of the cases, using a multimeter could solve the problem. The following are some of the possible causes why your dryer won’t start:
    The main cause could be a broken thermal fuse which when working properly prevents the dryer from overheating. The fuse needs to be closed by continuity. However, if it overheats, the fuse will lose continuity, meaning that the electrical path is disrupted and the fuse has blown. The second cause but not least important may be the start switch. A good and simple way of checking it is turning the dryer on. If it does not respond or makes no noise, the start switch may be faulty and you have to replace it with a new one. Another problem could be the door switch. To test if it is working, try turning on the dryer and listen for the “click”. If you do not hear it, the door switch is broken and you should replace it. If you have checked the previous possible problems and the thermal fuse, the start switch, and the door switch are ok, there might be a problem with the drive motor. First, check if there is an obstruction in the fan wheel. If there isn’t, replace the dryer motor. Another important part of the dryer that you must check if it working properly is the transmission belt. Check dryer belt to determine if it is broken. If the strap is broken, the dryer won’t work and you should replace it. The belt switch may be defected in your dryer and cause a problem to it. Use a multimeter to test the continuity of the switch. If it does not have continuity, replace it. A problem with the incoming power would be possible. If you have a gas dryer, unplug the dryer from the wall and connect something else to the outlet to determine if it is working. If you have an electric dryer, check the automatic fuse. The circuit breaker or fuses work, use a multimeter to test the outlet. If you have checked all the previous possible causes and all the components are working correctly, there might be a problem with the main control board or the timer. You should look carefully and examine these two components. If you find one of them faulty, you have to replace it.
    The above are the 9 most common causes why your dryer may not work properly. Read the previous guide carefully and you will be able to fix your dryer by yourself. It is not impossible fixing the dryer but it is a challenge. If you have problems fixing it, you need to contact a repairman and he will repair the dryer for you.

  17. If the dryer won’t start it can be caused by the following components, in order from most to least likely to occur:
    • Thermal fuse: If there’s a failure in the electrical path
    • Start switch: If the dryer doesn’t respond when turned on
    • Door switch: If it doesn’t click when turned on
    • Drive motor: If the engine buzzes but the blower wheel has no obstructions
    • Transmission belt: If the strap is broken
    • Belt switch: If it doesn’t shut off when the strap is broken
    • Incoming power: If the outlet isn’t working
    • Main control board: If there’s signs of burns/short circuit
    • Timer: If the wiring diagram is defective

  18. If my dryer stops working, it’s hard for me to understand what is wrong. I also don’t know where to start. But even if you are like me, there are a few easy things to test out before calling a tech. First, get your hands on a multimeter. You’ll need it to test out a few things. Eliminate them one by one. This will help you get to the root of the problem. Common causes are blown thermal fuse, broken start switch, defective door switch, broken belt switch, tripped circuit breaker, defective control board, and a defective timer. This article explains in detail how to check if these are working properly, or if they need to be replaced.

  19. My dryer wasn’t working. I didn’t know what was wrong. So I stated doing some research online. I ran into this article and found a few easy things to test out before calling a tech. The first thing I had to do was get my hands on a multimeter. I used it to test out a the items listed in this article. I went down the list and eliminate one item at a time, helping me get to the root of the problem. In general I learned that common causes are blown thermal fuses, broken start switches, defective door switches, broken belt switches, tripped circuit breakers, defective control boards, and a defective timers. Mine was a broken belt!

  20. As Sandor Galve said below at the beginning of his comment, many people just don´t search for the main reason of the problem. They will simply throw away the “damaged equipment” and buy a new one. In many cases the problem can be solved with a little effort. If the thermal fuse doesn´t work, first check if it has blown, if it does, just replace it. This is cheaper and faster than just going to the nearest appliances store for buying a new one. Why spend, I don´t know, maybe $500 dollars in a new machine when all you have to do is replace the damaged piece?
    The start switch is not working? that´s easy, use a multimeter to see if there is any electrical current. if there isn´t any, unplug your dryer, extract the start switch, open it to see if inside it there is any loose or not welded wire, if there is, just weld it appropriately and test the dryer again. In our case, sometimes, when we can´t repair the switch, and we can´t afford or find one, we just make a direct connection through a bypass.
    The door switch doesn´t work. Usually when you close the dryer´s door, it makes a click sound, if it don´t, maybe the door switch is damaged or broken. Test it with a multimeter to see the continuity of the switch, in case of being broken, replace the switch.
    The drive motor is humming but it doesn´t start spinning. This is a rare case because usually the motor doesn´t spin because there is something blocking the fan wheel. When the motor doesn´t even hum or anything, first check the energy source, door switch, start switch, etc… If none of this are defective, then the motor is probably burned. Here is no other alternative but to replace it.
    The transmission belt is broken. How can you notice if this is the problem?? Well, you may feel the humming of the motor and maybe some vibration of the dryer but the drum is not spinning. This is probably because the transmission belt is broken or loose. If it´s broken you just buy a new one and replace, but, here on my country we use an alternative for this matter. If we can´t find a new belt, we just use a rubber tire from a broken bike, cut it to fit into his “rightful” place inside the dryer and done, as good as new.

    Gabriel Gonzalez

  21. You bought a dryer. That’s great! It means you have money and want to wear dry clothes, that’s a good sign. You turn it on, it won’t start, that’s a bad sign. Don’t worry, there’s no need to spend extra money even though you have. You could be a good dryer fixer all by yourself. You need to check these items in the following order, which are from most likely to occur to less likely.
    First, check the thermal fuse. It is the most common feature to be defective. The thermal fuse can be found in the fan housing or the heat source of the electric dryers. In case of a gas dryer you can find it in the burner. Its function is to keep the dryer away from overheating so it is exposed to blow up. You can test the fuse with a multimeter. Unfortunately the solution is not in your hands. You need to call the repair service.
    If it is not the case then check the start switch. When you turn on the switch you should at least feel vibration, even tho it might not start. If you don’t feel or hear anything then the switch may be the problem. You can test it with a multimeter but the solution is to replace it.
    If the start switch is fine you should check the door switch next. This switch tells the dryer that the door is closed, and it lets you know too by releasing an audible “click”. If you don’t hear the click then it might be the problem. If it fails the multimeter test then you need to replace the switch.
    You turn the dryer on, you feel a vibration, you hear the click, the door is closed but it won’t start, then the problem is in the bottom of the dryer. First thing that is likely to fail is the drive motor. You should remove the belt form the engine and check if there is something blocking the wheel. If everything seems fine then the motor may be the cause and it needs to be replaced.
    Now that you are down on your knees, if you see the transmission belt broken, relax, it’ll cost you less than replacing the drive motor. All you need to do is to get a new belt. Seller note: there are dryers that come with a switch that turns off the motor if this is the problem, you should consider buying this one.
    If you bought one of these great machines that comes with the amazing turning-off-motor switch then you care for what you buy, but you are not exempt of dryer failure. This switch may be defective. Test it with a multimeter and replace it if it doesn’t work.
    All of these are valid in the case you have a functional gas and/or electric outlet. You should check there is gas/electricity before plugging the dryer.
    If you press the buttons in the main control board and nothing happens then the problem may be there. It is not common to the board to fail but if you determine that everything else works then you should proceed to change the board.
    Finally, within the things you can detect, is the timer. This is very rare, but if all the other components seem to be working just fine the test it with a multimeter and compare it to the wiring diagram. If it shows faults then proceed to replace the timer.
    These are all the possible issues that you can notice if you have a problem starting the dryer. If these are not the case then contact Dryer repair Miami
    Laura Carballo Sigler

  22. Here are the most common reasons why your dryer will not start.
    They are listed from most to less likely to occur. All you need is a multimeter to be able to tell if the parts of the dryer are working properly.
    The first thing you should do is check the fuse for continuity. If it has lost continuity it means that it has blown and that the dryer is not ventilating properly to the outside.
    The next thing you should check is the start switch and the door switch. First, turn on the dryer, if it vibrates, it means that the start switch is working properly, if it does not, you should replace it. Second, when you turned on the dryer you should have heard a click sound, that means that the door switch is not defective. If it did not click, check for continuity with the multimeter, if it does not have continuity, replace it.
    If everything you have checked so far is not defective, you will need to check the drive motor, the transmission belt and the belt switch. Check that the dryer belt is not broken, if it is, replace it. If it is not broken, remove it and check that there are no obstructions in the fan wheel. If there are none, it is possible that the motor is defective and you will need to replace it.
    Not all dryers have a belt switch, if your dryer has one, check it for continuity, if it does not have continuity, replace it.
    The next most common problem you shoud check is the incoming power. If you have a gas dryer, try connecting another appliance to check that the outlet is working. If your dryer is electric, check the fuses, if they are working, check the outlet.
    The last two parts you can check are the main control board and the timer. Although the main board is hardly ever the problem, replace it if everything else is working properly. Lastly, you can check the timer for continuity, if it is defective, replace it.


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