Your Whirlpool dryer not heating? The common reasons for an electric or gas dryer are tripped circuit breaker, clogged vent, and no flow of natural gas. If you require more information on the subject look up this article!
Whirlpool dryer not heating
Common issues and their Solutions
1- Faulty thermal fuse
If you are using an electric Whirlpool dryer and there are no abnormalities in your venting system, then you should check for a faulty thermal fuse.
A faulty thermal fuse can cause excess heat in your clothes before reaching the thermostat setting which makes it appear as though your dryer is heating up but really isn’t getting hotter than normal because of the problem with its fuse.
How do I fix this?
You’ll need to replace whatever element has blown in the dryer to allow it to heat properly. Once you do that, your dryer will work fine again.
2- Circuit breaker
If your Whirlpool dryer is not heating up, first make sure the circuit breaker has not tripped. To do this, examine and test each of the individual switches on your electrical box that controls your dryer.
Flip each switch to see if they are all in good working order and then turn off the main breaker to reset it.
3- Lint blockages
If you have a clogged vent or exhaust hose, it can cause your Whirlpool dryer not to heat up. If there’s lint build-up, clean out your vent pipe by poking a coat hanger through it.
Next, check all tubing sections for bends or kinks as well as ratty or burned spots. Replace any damaged areas with new parts.
If your dryer has a rigid, permanent vent pipe, be sure it extends at least 4 inches beyond the back of your dryer and clears nearby objects by at least 2 feet.
4- Gas flow problems
If you are using a gas Whirlpool dryer and there is no gas flowing through your burner or igniter, this will cause an issue with your dryer heating up.
A possible reason for this could be that the pilot light is out on your burner but still lit in the burner assembly above it. If so, turn off the circuit breaker to eliminate any risk and follow these steps:
- Make sure that all other burners are working properly. Adjust as needed.
- Light the pilot light on the burner that is not working properly. Use the flame of a match or lighter to ignite the gas. If your dryer has an electric igniter, make sure it is hot and clean.
5- Faulty heating element
If you have tried all the above and still can’t get your Whirlpool dryer to heat up, then it is likely there are problems with the heating element inside of the unit.
A burnt-out heating element cannot hold its temperature long enough to effectively dry your clothes sufficiently.
This causes an issue because it allows moisture trapped inside of clothing to remain as well as negatively impacts the overall drying times.
If this is happening, then you might be able to fix this by cleaning out any lint from around or inside of your heating element which is causing clogging. If it’s still not working, you’ll need to replace the heating element entirely.
6. Power Supply Issue
Electric dryers require 240V to operate. This voltage comes in the form of two 120V AC legs, so if only one breaker or fuse trips you might be able to tumble but not heat!
You will need to refer your circuit breaker and fuses for any potential problems before getting into anything else dangerous.
Where is the heating element on a whirlpool dryer?
The heating element is located at the bottom of your dryer, close to where the air exits from it. It will look like a long fin that runs along the bottom and most likely has been burned out.
you can test if this is what has happened by touch – if you can feel any heat from it then it’s not burnt out however if you put your hand on it and can’t feel any heat then it’s burnt out or shorted and needs to be replaced asap!
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How to replace a heating element in whirlpool dryers?
- Unplug the dryer.
- Access the back panel.
- Remove dryer door by lifting up on the bottom right corner
- Remove belt located in the front of the dryer
- Remove the motor cover by removing two screws
- Locate heating element
- Disconnect wires from the heating element by using wire nuts to connect the incoming white and black wires coming from the dryer.
- Remove screws that hold the heating element in place and turn off the power before removing the old element.
- Pull away excess wiring harness…making sure not to pull on existing wiring.
- Remove heating element by sliding it out of the slot where the motor shaft is located.
- Installing new cable…make sure that when you put the new wire in place, that there’s enough slack in the wiring harness to provide a 4″ safety zone.
- Slide new wiring through the slot in the dryer where old wire was located and make sure that you don’t pinch wiring! Replace screws that hold element to rear panel…making sure to use silicone sealant on screw threads. (Make sure that wires are free from any clamps). Connect wires, using wire nuts.
- Put new belt on dryer permsuim and slide the bottom right corner into tension pulley…make sure to put enough tension back onto the belt that you don’t pinch it in a ridge while re-attaching motor cover!!
- Now you’re ready to reassemble the rest of your dryer…Just reverse the order of HOW TO REMOVE AND REPLACE A HEATING ELEMENT FOR MOST WHIRLPOOL DRYERS
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Call a professional if needed
If you have checked everything and are still having a problem with your dryer, then it is time to call in a professional for help. Whirlpool dryers are complex machines that require careful attention when attempting to fix on your own.
Why risk harming yourself?
Whirlpool dryer not heating up. A professional can quickly identify what is going on within your machine and provide you with an affordable solution that will get you back to drying clothes ASAP!