Below is an introductory guide to dryer repair. A clothes dryer has become a common appliance in most homes in the USA. Brands and manufacturers include GE, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Electrolux and Samsung. The average lifetime of a residential clothes dryer is around 10 years. That timeline can increase with proper care and maintenance.

The consensus among appliance repairmen and professional services is that a clothes dryer is one of the easier home appliances to repair. “Several of the repairs listed below require less than 30 minutes to complete with the proper parts and tools in place,” according to Darrin Gable, who offers appliance repair in Citrus Heights. However, comfort level will determine how true that is. Baker Appliance Parts never encourages proceeding with DIY repair unless the homeowner is 100% confident in their ability and tools.

We recommend hiring a local appliance repair service in your neighborhood if you do not feel you are able to both safely and successfully complete a repair. A failed attempt can lead to a larger problem than the original. We have provided recommendations for some local companies well known for their dryer repair service.

Please continue reading for a list of common dryer problems and tips on how to troubleshoot and repair them:


The first sign of trouble that often occurs on a household appliance are loud or unusual noises coming from the machine. This is also true of clothes dryers. Loud noises can signify the beginning of several major problems and need to be addressed as soon as possible. The main reasons for loud noises coming from a dryer are worn out belts, seals or bearings. You can find replacement dryer parts online or from a local parts distributor in your neighborhood.


There are several reasons a dryer won’t start or turn on. The first reason, and most obvious, is if it is not plugged in. Cords can become loose over time or kicked and come unplugged. The other simple reason for this problem is a tripped circuit breaker. Check these two possible causes off the list first before further troubleshooting. Then inspect the heating element, the high limit thermostat and the cycling thermostat. You can replace the faulty part or call on a professional appliance repair company for assistance.


You need high heat from a dryer in order for it to be useful*. If you find the laundry you put in your dryer to continuously be damp or wet after a cycle, the machine is not producing enough heat. There are two reasons for this problem. The first is a broken or defective heating element. The other is a burnt out fuse. Look for signs of defects on both dryer parts and then replace the part that appears to be the problem. In the case of a defective fuse, the best route might be to replace all of them to be safe.

*In the event the heat from your dryer is too high, you will need to inspect the same parts that can cause the heat to be too low. Look over fuses and thermostats to try to identify the cause of the high heat coming from the appliance.


The other main function of a clothes dryer is for it to tumble during a cycle. The combination of heat and tumbling is what dries the clothing inside the appliance. You need both elements in sync in order for the dryer to work. “The first thing our technicians look for when a dryer won’t tumble is whether there is a defective belt or switch somewhere on the appliance, ” says Jim Delton, Owner of Jim’s Appliance in Boise, ID. You can hire an appliance repairman near you or use our tips to complete the repair on your own.


Clothes dryers are on a timed cycle set by a timer switch or panel. The timer initiates the heat and tumbling and then ends it once complete. If a timer does not advance, a cycle will not begin or pause in the middle of operation. A paused timer can also lead to the dryer not turning off in which case you will want to unplug the appliance. There are two reasons the timer on a dryer does not advance: cycling thermostats and timer motors. Troubleshoot both parts to identify the cause of the problem and then replace the part that no longer works.

These are just some of the more common problems that occur on dryers. The repairs above can be completed by an amateur handyman or homeowner. However, this depends on comfort level and the tools at your disposal. Sometimes it is simply safer and better to rely on a local appliance repairman. Especially if the repair in question is complicated. Below are some local services we recommend for dryer repair:

Jim’s Appliance
Boise, ID

Crown Citrus Heights Appliance Repair
Citrus Heights, CA

Awesome Appliance Repair
Sacramento, CA

ASAPpliance Repair
Nashville, TN