Dryer Not Starting

Dryer Not Starting

If your dryer is not starting, there could be several reasons for this issue. Here are some common troubleshooting steps you can follow:

  1. Check the power supply: Make sure the dryer is properly plugged into a working power outlet. Additionally, check the circuit breaker or fuse box to ensure that the circuit the dryer is connected to hasn’t tripped or blown a fuse.
  2. Door switch: Dryers typically have a door switch that prevents them from starting if the door is not properly closed. Ensure that the door is fully closed and that the door switch is functioning correctly. If the switch is faulty, it may need to be replaced.
  3. Thermal fuse: Dryers have a thermal fuse that acts as a safety device to prevent overheating. If the thermal fuse is blown, the dryer will not start. You can use a multimeter to test the continuity of the thermal fuse and replace it if necessary.
  4. Start switch or knob: The start switch or knob on the control panel could be faulty. Try jiggling or pressing the start switch firmly to see if it makes a difference. If not, the switch or knob may need to be replaced.
  5. Timer or control board: If the dryer has an electronic control board or a mechanical timer, a malfunction in these components could prevent the dryer from starting. Consult the user manual or consider contacting a professional for further diagnosis and repair.
  6. Drive belt: If the dryer drum doesn’t spin when you attempt to start it, the drive belt may be broken or loose. You can visually inspect the belt and replace it if necessary.


If you’ve tried these troubleshooting steps and the dryer still won’t start, it may be best to contact a professional appliance repair technician to diagnose and fix the issue.

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