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Why Isn't My Dryer Getting Warm?

It's incredibly frustrating to pull a load of laundry from the dryer and find it still wet. While this is a common appliance repair issue, it can be problematic if you don't know why it's happening. The following are a few common causes of this dryer malfunction and how to address them. 

3 Reasons Why Your Dryer Isn't Heating Up

1. Dust and Debris in the Dryer 

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Dust, lint, and other forms of debris can collect in different areas of the appliance. In addition to the lint trap, the dryer vent can become clogged with debris over time. Besides creating a fire hazard, the accumulation of debris causes temperatures to increase within the appliance. Upon overheating, the dryer will shut off to prevent a more serious problem from occurring. 

Clean the lint trap before every load and schedule dryer vent cleaning at least once yearly. 

2. Broken Heating Element

Most dryers use an electrical current to create warm air for drying clothes. The current causes the heating element to increase in temperature, heating up the air from the blower wheel. This process can cause the heating element to break down over time, at which point it cannot warm up the air efficiently. Clothes may take forever, even on the highest setting, or they might not dry. Fortunately, an appliance repair specialist can easily replace the heating element.  

3. Electrical Problems

Electrical issues can also prevent the dryer from functioning correctly. A faulty thermal fuse, which triggers the appliance to turn off when overheating, may stop the dryer from completing a full cycle. The issue could also stem from the cycling thermostat, which regulates the temperature within the device. Electrical issues are often complex and require a thorough inspection to determine the best course of action.