Dryer Won't Start

  • Troubleshooting

    Video Tutorial

    One of the most common reasons for a dryer that refuses to start is a broken door switch. The video below shows how to replace it. If your issue isn't caused by this switch, continue below for more troubleshooting tips.

    Note: The information here is general and may not be specific to your machine. If you need help with choosing the correct parts for your model, you can contact us using the tech support form here or calling our parts support team at 1-323-490-1805. If you leave a message, we'll get back to you within 24 hours.


    Is the power cord plugged into a grounded outlet?

    Plug the cord into an outlet.

    Are you using an extension cord?

    Don't use one. Instead, plug the unit directly into a grounded outlet.

    Has a circuit breaker tripped or has a fuse blown?

    Check to see if either of those issues came up. If a circuit breaker has tripped, reset it. If it's a blown fuse, replace it. Call an electrician if you need assistance.

    Is the dryer door closed?

    The dryer has a door switch that prevents the machine from operating with the door open. Make sure the door is closed completely.

    Is the lint panel/drawer open?

    Confirm that the lint screen is inserted and closed.

    Door Switch

    Important: Make sure you've unplugged your dryer before starting any electrical tests.

    Your dryer is equipped with a door switch, which prevents the machine from operating with the door open. If the door is closed but the machine still doesn't work, you may have a faulty door switch.

    The door switch looks like a little button that protrudes from the door opening. Test it by pushing it. You should hear a click. If it clicks, it could still be broken. You'll need to test it with a multimeter. To do this, you might have to remove the front panel so you can access the part.

    Start Button

    If it's not the door switch, next check the Start button. This can be the timer knob that you push in, or a separate button on the dryer control panel. Pressing the button sends power to the motor, which gets the machine going.

    In order to test the Start switch, you will need to remove the control panel of the dryer. And then use your multimeter to see if it's working properly. If not, you'll have to replace it.

    Thermal Fuse

    The next part to inspect is the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is a safety device that prevents your dryer from getting too hot. If the dryer gets too hot, the fuse will blow, and no more power will go to the machine.

    You'll need to remove the back panel to get to this fuse. Take a look at it, and if it's blown, replace it. While this should get your dryer going again, you'll still want to find out why the dryer got so hot in the first place. Two common causes are poor ventilation or a broken circulation fan.