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Admiral Dryer Not Heating/Working

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with doing the laundry. It is often the dread of the weekend but when we take out those warm, clean clothes from the dryer, for two brief minutes we love doing the laundry. But if the dryer is not working, we loathe the chore of doing the laundry even more.

If your Admiral dryer is not heating/working, make sure the dryer is receiving sufficient power. Make sure there are no popped circuit breakers or blown fuses. Unplug the dryer from the wall outlet. Connect something else to the same outlet to determine whether or not that outlet is working.

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We often are not aware the dryer is not working until we have a washer full of wet clothes that need to be dried. This article will help you determine why your Admiral dryer is not heating/working so that you can get back to doing the things you love.

Admiral Dryer Not Heating

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Dryers have several components that overlap in how they work. One part can control several functions of a dryer. Some of these parts will be mentioned more than once in this article.

If your Admiral dryer is not heating, the thermistor could be faulty. The thermistor monitors the temperature inside the dryer. If the thermistor is not working correctly, the dryer will not be signaled to produce heat even though the clothes are not dry.

Two other components that could cause the Admiral dryer to not heat are the control board and high-limit thermostat.

Faulty Control Board

The control board is the brain of your dryer. It controls all of the functions of the dyer. If the board fails, the dryer will not start or will not heat. A power surge or excessive heat from the dryer itself can cause the control board to malfunction. This is often the case with older dryers that have been heavily used.

High-Limit Thermostat

The high-limit thermostat is a safety feature that prevents the dryer from overheating and becoming a potential fire hazard. If the temperature gets too high, the thermostat will prevent the dryer from producing any heat until the temperature returns to a safe level.

Admiral Dryer Won’t Start/Turn On

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A dryer consists of several switches that are required to work in order for the dryer to work. If one switch is not cooperating, the ability of the dryer to even turn on can be affected.

If your Admiral dryer won’t start/turn on, the door switch could be defective. The door switch signals it is safe for the dryer to start. If you do not hear an audible clicking sound when the door switch is activated, the door switch is the issue and will need to be replaced.

Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is located at the dryer heating element or burner, depending on whether you have an electric or gas model. The thermal fuse is a safety device that protects the dryer from overheating.

The fuse should allow for electricity to continually pass through however if the fuse has overheated, no electricity will pass through. A common reason for the thermal fuse to overheat is a restricted exhaust vent. When replacing a blown thermal fuse, be sure to also check the dryer vent.

Driver Motor

The driver motor is what rotates the dryer drum and also the blower wheel to remove the hot air. This component should only be checked after the above items have been checked and are working.

If the motor makes a humming noise when you try to start the dryer, the dryer blower wheel could have an obstruction, or the motor could be defective. Checking the wheel involves removing the belt from the motor.

Belt Switch

Another safety feature on some Admiral dryers is a belt switch. If the dryer belt breaks, the motor will either switch off if already running or will not start at the beginning of a cycle.

Another possibility is if the switch itself is defective. To determine if the issue is with the switch, listen for any noises while trying to start the dryer.

Admiral Dryer Not Spinning

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The spinning action of a dryer is what allows for warm air to be circulated through the laundry so it can be dry evenly. If your Admiral dryer is not spinning, you are probably noticing only the top items of laundry are somewhat dry.

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If your Admiral dryer is not spinning, the drive belt, roller, axles, or bearings could be worn out. These components allow the drum to rotate freely while being held in place. Scraping or squealing noises mean that one or more of these components are defective.

Determining if the driver roller, axles, or bearings are worn out involves taking the dryer apart. While some are comfortable undertaking this task, a service technician can easily diagnose the issue and repair the defective part.

What you can easily test is the drive belt. The drive belt is what rotates the drum. The belt is wrapped around the drum and drive motor pulley. Normal wear and tear can cause the belt to break.

To determine if the issue is with the belt, simply try to spin the dryer drum by hand. There should be a measure of resistance when trying to spin the drum. If there is no resistance, the belt is broken and needs to be replaced.

Admiral Dryer Timer Not Working

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We often forget we have laundry in the dryer until we hear the timer go off. If your laundry is not dry after the set time limit, the issue could be with the timer itself or another connected component.

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If your Admiral dryer timer is not working, check the dryer filter and vent. If the lint filter and vent are clogged, heat will accumulate inside the drum. The thermistor will inaccurately sense the clothes are dry and the dryer will shut off.

The timer on a dryer is a safety feature that prevents the dryer from overheating. Unless the timer knob itself is not moving, it can be difficult to diagnose the issue.

Heating Element

If the dryer’s heating element is bad, the timer will not work. If the timer is in the “auto” setting, it will only advance when the heating thermostat has reached a certain temperature.

If the timer is set to a timed setting, it should advance even though the dryer is not heating. Set the timer to a Timed Setting to determine if the issue is with the timer or heating element.


Sometimes the issue is what it is. The timer itself could be bad. Sometimes with continued use, the timer knob becomes loose or can even come off.

If the timer knob has come off, make sure the knob is on correctly. You could think you are setting the timer to a certain setting but it’s actually on a different setting altogether. If the timer knob is not removable, it’s probably a good idea to replace it.

Admiral Dryer Auto Sense Not Working

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The Auto Sense setting on your Admiral dryer ensures an even, dry load of laundry. The timing and temperature are monitored by sensors inside the dryer.

If your Admiral dryer auto-sense is not working, the cycling thermostat could be the reason. The cycling thermostat regulates the heat inside the drum by cycling on and off. This prevents the dryer from overheating. If this thermostat is not working, the dryer will not heat.

As mentioned earlier in this article, the components that make up a dryer often overlap each other in what they do. For instance, if the timer knob is not working correctly, you could think you have selected the auto setting but it is set to a timed setting.

Admiral Dryer Won’t Stop Running

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Aside from being an energy hog, having a dryer that does not stop running can also be a fire hazard. Sensors inside the dryer signal the dryer to turn off when the temperature inside the drum is too high. If the dryer continues running, you could overheat the dryer or even burn your clothes.

If your Admiral dryer won’t stop running, the moisture sensor inside the drum could be the reason why. The sensors detect the moisture levels inside the dryer, determining when the clothes are dry. The sensor can become coated with film from dryer sheets, preventing it from working properly.

Another possibility that is mentioned several times in this article is the timer. If the timer knob is not working correctly, the dryer will not be signaled at the desired time to turn off. The heater may be signaled to stop working, but the drum itself will continue running.

Admiral Dryer Keeps Beeping

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Dryers will often beep to signal something is needed, whether it means the door is not securely shut, you forgot to press the start button, or it is a valuable reminder to clean out the lint filter.

If your Admiral dryer keeps beeping, this is a safety feature that could be notifying you the load is too heavy. An overloaded drum will prevent warm air from circulating through the laundry. The vents could also become blocked preventing heat from escaping outside.

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