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Power Issues - Laundry Dryer

Troubleshooting Dryers Last Updated 07/19/2017
Power Issues - Laundry Dryer
  1. Which of the following are you experiencing?


  2. Note: If the unit powers ON but is not heating or drying enough, or taking a long time to dry, please visit our Not Heating, Not Drying or Long Time Drying content for further troubleshooting steps.

No Power

No power issues are typically caused by a tripped circuit breaker, a faulty electrical outlet, a power outage in the home, or in rare cases a unit that requires a repair.

Steps to follow:

  1. Check the light.

    Open the dryer door and locate the drum light inside the unit. If the light is ON but the unit will not power ON, the unit will require a repair service. Please visit our Request a Repair page.

    If the light is OFF, then proceed to the next step below.

  2. Circuit Breaker.

    Turn OFF the circuit breaker, wait for 5 seconds, then turn the breaker back ON.

    Check the drum light again. Is it ON now?

    Light is ON Light is OFF
    the circuit breaker

    NOTE: Gas units are usually installed with a single circuit breaker but electric units use two.

  3. Restart the unit.

    Try to power and start the unit, if the unit works as expected, then the issue is resolved. Otherwise, the unit will require a repair service. Please visit our Request a Repair page.

  4. Perform hard reset.

    • Unplug the dryer.

    • While the dryer is unplugged, PRESS and HOLD the POWER/START button for 5 seconds, then hold down the PLAY/PAUSE button for 5 seconds.

    Plug the unit back in and check if the light and the unit come back ON. If the unit does not power ON, it will require a repair service. Please visit our Request a Repair page.

    NOTE: Some power outlets are sometimes controlled by light switches on the wall. Ensure to turn the light switch ON.

Unit powers ON, but won't run.

The dryer has power but is not responding when selecting cycles or pressing the START button

Steps to follow:

  1. Check CHILD LOCK.

    If the safety CHILD LOCK is ON, the display will not respond.

    CHILD LOCK on most models can be disabled by pressing and holding the CHILD LOCK button for 3 seconds.

    After disengaging the child lock, run a cycle and see if there are any additional issues.

    Childlock
  2. Check if drum turns.

    Press START button and closely watch if the drum in the unit TURNS.

    If you see an error code, please visit our Error Code - Laundry Dryer page for more information.

    Is the drum turning?

    Yes No
  3. Check for heating.

    Let the unit run for 30 seconds, then open the door and feel inside for heat. If the drum is WARM, then the unit is working properly. You can check our Not Heating, Not Drying or Long Time Drying to optimize the performance of the unit.

    If the drum is COLD, please visit our Not Heating, Not Drying or Long Time Drying page for more troubleshooting steps.

  4. Perform hard reset.

    When you pressed START, IF the processing window FLASHES and you see the TIME COUNTDOWN on the display screen, then the unit may require a repair service. Otherwise, perform the hard reset.

    How to perform a hard reset.

    • Turn off the unit circuit breaker.

    • Unplug the dryer.

    • While the dryer is unplugged and the circuit breaker is OFF, PRESS and HOLD the POWER/START button for 5 seconds, then hold down the PLAY/PAUSE button for 5 seconds.

    Plug the unit back in and turn the circuit breaker ON. If the unit does not power ON, it will require a repair service. Please visit our Request a Repair page.

    the circuit breaker

    NOTE: Some power outlets are sometimes controlled by light switches on the wall. Ensure to turn the light switch ON.

Turns OFF abnormally.

If the unit shuts off prior to the completion of the drying cycle.

Steps to follow:

  1. Check if unit restarts after shutdown.

    If the unit powers back ON after abnormal shutdown, the issue can be attributed to three factors.

    • INTERRUPTED POWER:

      The cycle may have shut off due to an interruption of the power supply.

    • SMALL LOADS:

      Small loads may also cause the cycle to end abruptly because the clothes will not brush against the sensors at the front of the drum. When the unit is unable able to sense the load, the cycle time will abruptly drop down to 15-20 minutes, then 6 minutes, then shut off. It may be better to add a few items to a small load or just select a SPEED DRY or TIMED DRY cycle.

    • SENSOR:

      Residue on the sensors will prevent the unit from properly detecting the load and will cause the cycle to end early.

    If the unit does NOT have power back ON after abnormal shut down, perform a hard reset.

  2. Perform hard reset.

    • Unplug the dryer.

    • While the dryer is unplugged, PRESS and HOLD the POWER/START button for 5 seconds, then hold down the PLAY/PAUSE button for 5 seconds.

    Plug the unit back in and check if the light and the unit come back ON. If the unit does not power ON, it will require a repair service. Please visit our Request a Repair page.

    NOTE: Some power outlets are sometimes controlled by light switches on the wall. Ensure to turn the light switch ON.

Author - Sanmi Ajanaku

Sanmi is a Home Appliance expert and author of this help library article. Please leave him feedback below about the page.

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