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Estate Dryer Not Heating/Working

Few things in life are more annoying than expecting to retrieve a load of clean, warm clothes only to find they are still cold and wet. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out why your dryer is not working.

If your Estate dryer is not heating/working, make sure the Control or Child Lock is not enabled. You can disable this lock by pressing and holding the Start button for 3 seconds. Also, make sure the dryer door is securely latched shut.

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This article will give you some suggestions to help troubleshoot the problem. Some suggestions will overlap each other at times, but you will at least get an idea of where to start looking.

Estate Dryer Not Heating

Woman checking the clothes inside the dryer

We don’t expect unreasonable things from our appliances. We simply expect them to do what they are designed to do. A dryer is designed to heat and dry our laundry. Here are some possible reasons why your Estate dryer is not heating.

If your Estate dryer is not heating, make sure the dryer vent is not too long or kinked. The longer the vent is, the more difficult it is for hot air to escape through the vent. Some air can become trapped inside the vent, causing warmer air to remain in the dyer.

When warm air is trapped inside the vent, it will affect the thermistor sensor. The thermistor sensor monitors the temperature inside the dryer. When the desired temperature is reached, the thermistor signals to the thermostat to shut off the heating element.

If the thermistor inaccurately detects a higher temperature inside the drum because of the air inside the vent, the dryer will shut off even though the items inside are still very wet.

Cycling Thermostat

The cycling thermostat monitors the temperature inside the drum, cycling on and off to maintain the temperature needed for the selected dry cycle. If the thermostat is defective, the heater may either stay on too long or not kick on at all.

Power Supply

Dryers require at least 240V to operate. If the power source the dryer is connected to delivers less than this, the dryer will not have enough power to heat properly, if at all. If you are not sure what voltage your outlet is or if you do not have a multimeter tool to test the continuity of the outlet, it is best to call an electrician or Estate service technician to diagnose the issue.

Clogged Vent And Filter

The main reason a dryer will not heat is a clogged dryer vent. If lint is not regularly removed from the lint filter, it will collect inside the exhaust vent, eventually obstructing airflow.

If the warm air from inside the dryer is unable to escape, the sensors inside the dryer will detect the rising heat level and signal for the dryer to shut off. Continue reading to learn how to clean the vent filter.

Estate Dryer Not Starting/Turning On

Confused woman while behind the dryer

Estate dryers are not complicated machines but they do have many working parts that make diagnosing a problem tricky. Here are some dryer components that could cause your Estate dryer to not start.

If your Estate dryer is not starting/turning on, the first place to start troubleshooting is the start switch. If the start switch is not able to send an electrical signal to the drive motor, the dryer will not turn on.

Thermal Cut-Off Fuse

The thermal cut-off fuse is a one-time fuse that is a safety feature of the Estate dryer. The fuse is located on the dryer’s exhaust duct. If the dryer’s exhaust temperature gets too high, the thermal fuse will shut the dryer off.

The main reason a thermal fuse will blow is the build-up of lint inside the exhaust vent and the lint filter. This build-up causes the dryer to overheat. As a result, the thermal fuse will blow so the dryer shuts off.

Door Switch

Another safety feature of the Estate dryer is the door switch. If the door is not securely closed, the dryer will not start.

To know if the door switch is the issue, close the dryer door and then try starting the dryer. If you hear an audible clicking sound, the switch works. If you do not hear the clicking sound, the switch needs to be replaced.

Copyright article owner is ReadyToDiy.com for this article. This post was first published on December 7, 2021.

Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the belt that rotates the drum and blower fan wheel. This rotation is what allows warm air to circulate through the laundry and then exit the dryer.

If the drive motor is defective, the dryer will not start. This is a safety feature. If the dryer were allowed to start, heat would continue to build inside the drum, eventually starting a fire.

Belt Switch

As just mentioned, the drive motor consists of a belt that rotates the drum. When this belt breaks, the motor will still run but the drum will not rotate. On some dryers, though, there is an added safety feature that will turn the power off to the dryer when the belt is broken.

If this switch is faulty, it could shut power off to the dryer even though the belt is not broken. You can test the belt by trying to rotate the drum by hand. If you have some resistance in turning the drum, the belt is not broken.

Estate Dryer Not Drying Clothes Well

Confused woman while behind the dryer

We don’t expect unreasonable things from our appliances. We expect our toasters to toast. We expect our coffee maker to make coffee. We expect our dryer to dry our laundry.

If your Estate dryer is not drying clothes well, try adjusting the selecting dryer setting. Timed settings are often not long enough to dry larger loads. The Auto setting uses sensors inside the dryer to determine when the load is dry.

A tendency we all have is to fill things to the max. The dryer is no different. We see how large the drum is and we start filling it with wet, heavy clothes. The way we take advantage of the dryer could be why it is not drying well.

Load Too Large

The reason for a dryer drum to rotate is so that warm air is evenly distributed through the load. If the drum is overloaded, there will not be enough room for the warm air to circulate and you will end up with some items being very dry while others are still very wet.

Try reducing the number of items in the dryer to see if this resolves the issue. If you continue to have clothes that are not drying well, continue reading for more suggestions.

Load Too Wet

The spin cycle of the washing cycle is designed to remove excess water from the laundry. If this feature is not working properly, your laundry is most likely dripping with water as you put the items in the dryer.

The weight of the wet items will put a strain on the dryer. Run the washer on the drain cycle again or ring the items out by hand before putting them into the dryer.

It is also helpful if bulky items, such as towels or blankets are not in a wet ball before going into the dryer. Shake the items out to loosen them up before going into the dryer. This will make it easier for them to dry.

Vent and Duct

As we have already discussed in this article, it is crucial that the dryer vent and lint filter are cleaned regularly. A clogged vent and filter are not only extremely dangerous fire hazards but they will affect how well your laundry dries.

If warm air cannot escape through the exhaust vent, the thermostat sensors will signal for the heating element to shut off, even though the laundry is still wet. The following steps will walk you through cleaning the dryer vent.

Step 1: Unplug the dryer from its power source and pull it away from the wall.

Step 2: Disconnect the vent from the dryer.

Step 3: Use a vacuum attachment to clean out the hose.

Step 4: Outside the house, remove the vent cover.

Step 5: Use a shop-vac to clean the vent cover and remove any lint from the vent hose.

Step 6: Replace the vent cover and reconnect the hose to the dryer.

Step 7: Reconnect the dryer to the power source.

Moisture Sensor

The moisture sensor in the dryer detects moisture. If some items are heavier or bulkier and are wetter than other items, the moisture sensor will pick up on this and the heating cycle will continue.

If the sensors are blocked either by a heavy load or a build-up of film from dryer sheets, it will not sense the moisture in the dryer and it will signal for the heating element to shut off. Use a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol to remove the film buildup from the sensor.

Dryer Blower Wheel and Motor

The dryer blower wheel is exactly how it sounds. It’s a wheel that pulls air into the dryer, blowing it past the heating element so it is heated up, it is then blown into the dryer drum.

The dryer motor is what operates the blower wheel. If the motor is not working correctly, warm air will not be pulled into the drum and your laundry will not dry. A qualified technician can easily diagnose the issue and replace the needed parts.

ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on December 7, 2021.

Estate Dryer Not Spinning

Confused woman while behind the dryer

If your Estate dryer is not spinning, the dryer belt could be loose or broken. The belt is what rotates the drum. If the belt is defective, the dryer will turn on but the drum will not spin. If you can easily rotate the drum by hand, the belt needs to be replaced.