60% of American households—around 67 million—use an electric clothes dryer. The average American dries around 5 loads of laundry each week. So it’s safe to say that the dryer has become a beloved household appliance in the United States.

Most people lead very busy lives and have little time for laundry. So it can come as a nasty shock when their dryer stops working all of a sudden. Sometimes, it’s a simple issue such as a broken switch or a tripped breaker, other times you might require expert help to fix the problem.

Here are some straightforward troubleshooting tips that will help you diagnose the issue and take appropriate actions (Pro-tip: Remember to see if it’s plugged in first!):

Check the Circuit Breaker

Sometimes, too much load can trip circuit breakers, preventing the dryer from turning on. Open the electrical panel in your home and make sure there aren’t any switches that are out of alignment. If you see a tripped switch, flip it and check if your dryer starts working again.

If it doesn’t, you might want to get it inspected by a professional who can fix the electrical problems it’s facing.

Test the Thermal Fuse

Each dryer is fitted with a thermal fuse that protects it from overheating. It is located behind the back panel of the unit. There’s also an additional fuse on the heating element in some dryers.

Unplug the dryer and take out the fuse to check it with a multimeter. If the fuse isn’t conducting electrical current, it probably needs to be replaced. A pro tip to prevent the fuse from blowing is to keep the dryer vents clean.

Check the Door Switch/Latch

Every dryer has a built-in sensor which prevents it from starting if the door isn’t properly shut. In case of a defective latch or door switch, the dryer won’t turn on. Check the dryer door switch with a multimeter after removing it from the unit to see if it’s conducting electrical current. If it’s not, you’ll have to call in a professional repair service to install a new one.

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Check the Start Switch

The start switch of the dryer is very sensitive and can stop working if it isn’t used properly. Check if it has electrical continuity with a multimeter after unplugging the dryer and removing the switch from the unit. If that’s the culprit, you’ll have to get it replaced for the dryer to start working again.


All American Appliance Service offers reliable and affordable repair services in Bergen, Passaic, and Rockland counties for all kinds of home appliances. Our decades of experience in the home local appliance repair industry has helped us become the premier repair service within the area.

We provide guaranteed factory authorized repairs for all household appliances including freezers, dryers, microwaves, washing machines, and refrigerators.

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