The dryer is one of the most convenient appliances that we have in the home but it is not without problems. Sometimes, you may find that you’re having errors with your dryer that can be easily fixed by resetting it.
The easiest way to reset dryer functions is to do a manual reset of the appliance. This requires you to disconnect it from power, either by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. After allowing a few minutes to go by, you can reconnect power and allow the dryer to fully restart. At that point, it should be reset.
One mistake that many homeowners make is spending a lot of time trying to find the reset button on a dryer. In most cases, it doesn’t exist.
This isn’t an oversight on the part of the manufacturer, they don’t want you to restart it unnecessarily. Restarting a dryer can fix a variety of errors but it may also limit the lifespan of the dryer as well.
There are also some manufacturers that may make it possible to reset a dryer by holding in a combination of buttons. You have to check your manufacturer’s instructions to see if your dryer offers that option.
How To Reset Dryer Functions
There are many reasons why you may need to reset your dryer but not all of them require a manual restart as described above. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of pushing the right buttons.
For example, you may have issues with an error code showing up or your dryer numerous times. Those are issues that sometimes need repair but other times, they just need to be cleared.
A simple restart will often clear the error code but what if they continue to show? Here are some things that may be a problem with your dryer that could require additional repairs.
Door Latch – If the door comes open during a cycle, the dryer will automatically shut off. This is a safety feature that is built into the dryer but sometimes it happens if the door latch isn’t working.
To test your door latch, close the door completely and try to pull it open without engaging the latch. If the door opens, you may need to replace the latch.
Door Sensor – There is also a sensor device that is included in many dryers to make sure that the door doesn’t open. If the sensor isn’t working, it may signal the dryer to shut down, even if the door is closed. You can check the sensor by removing it and checking for continuity with a multimeter.
Thermal Fuse – The thermal fuse is an internal item in most dryers that ensures the dryer is not getting too hot. If it detects extremely hot temperatures in the dryer it will automatically shut the dryer down. You can also check a thermal fuse with a multimeter.
Control Panel – You can think of the control panel as being the computer that runs your appliance. If there are problems with the control panel, usually the dryer will not operate properly and may not operate at all.
You can remove the control panel after disconnecting the dryer from power or shutting off the circuit breaker. Although it is not possible to test a control panel in most cases, you can visually inspect the panel with a magnifying glass. If you see any burnt areas or cracks, you can replace the control panel board.
Off-Balance – Believe it or not, one of the problems that occur in many dryers is for it to simply be off-balance. Sensors inside of the drywall recognize there is a problem and may stop it from operating. Resetting the dryer will not work, you will need to balance it.
Belts – If the dryer belt has stretched or is broken, the drum itself will not turn. This is not a problem that can be fixed when resetting the appliance. You will need to replace the belt.
Settings – Sometimes, the settings may be the problem. On modern-day appliances, there are often so many different options that it gets confusing. Resetting the dryer may put things back to factory settings. You will lose any custom settings until they are replaced.
Those are some of the things that are not typically fixed with a reset. There are also others that are, including the following:
Error Codes – If you have an error code appearing on the screen, you may want to reset the dryer to clear it. It’s a good idea to research why the error code came up in the first place so that you can fix what is necessary.
Small Errors – Like any computer, small errors can build up over time until it becomes a nuisance. Resetting the dryer puts it back to factory specifications and gets rid of those errors so you can start fresh again.
Stopping Mid-cycle – If your dryer continues to stop in the middle of the cycle, it may be a problem with the settings or it could be an issue with the control panel. Resetting the dryer will often put it back to the beginning of the cycle, allowing you to move forward properly.
Just remember the following. Although you can reset a dryer easily, it is not always the best option. If you are having problems with your dryer, get to the root of the issue rather than simply putting a Band-Aid on it by restarting the dryer over and over again.
How To Reset Dryer Heat Pump
The heat pump in your dryer is essential for getting the clothes dried properly. If it isn’t working, is it possible to reset?
For the most part, you will have to reset the appliance if you want to reset the dryer heat pump. This is done by either unplugging the dryer or turning off the circuit breaker for a few minutes before reconnecting the power.
If the dryer heat pump continues to malfunction, you will have to look into fixing the problem rather than trying to overcome it by doing a manual restart.
Sometimes, the dryer heat pump may not be the issue but it could be a problem with the thermal fuse. That in-line fuse checks the temperature inside of the dryer and shuts things off if it gets too hot.
If the thermal fuse is not functioning properly, it may continue to shut your dryer down unnecessarily. You can check your thermal fuse with a multimeter and replace it easily if needed.
How To Reset Dryer Thermostat
Most dryers have a thermostat that keeps the dryer from overheating. It also regulates the heat so that the drying feature is maximized.
If your dryer thermostat is not operating properly, you may be able to reset the thermostat manually. This is done by resetting the dryer. You can disconnect the power by unplugging the dryer or turning off the circuit breaker. Reestablish the power after a few minutes and the thermostat may be working properly again.
Although it is a good idea to try a restart because that is an easy fix, it is not always going to cure the problem. In some cases, the thermostat has either gone bad or is starting to show some wear and tear.
Fortunately, the thermostat is a relatively easy piece of equipment to replace. The thermostat is also relatively inexpensive compared to some other parts in the dryer.
You can check the thermostat with a multimeter and if you determine it needs to be replaced, you can replace it yourself or contact a qualified service company to do it for you.
This article and its contents are owned by Ready To DIY and was first published on 06/01/2022.
How To Reset Dryer Overheat
If you have a problem with your dryer overheating, you may feel that resetting it would fix the problem. Is it possible to reset a dryer that is overheating?
When your dryer is overheating, it is likely an issue with the dryer vent being clogged or an issue with an internal part, such as the thermometer or the thermal fuse. Restarting a dryer will not typically fix a problem with overheating because it is an internal issue that must be fixed directly.
If you want to try restarting your dryer, it may help in some rare instances. Unplug the dryer or turn off the circuit breaker for a few minutes before reestablishing power. That will restart things back to factory settings.
Likely, a problem with overheating is associated with a dryer vent being clogged with lint. This is something that is not only a problem that causes overheating, it can also lead to a fire. Clean the vent regularly.
You might also want to try using a multimeter to test some of the internal parts. The heating coil and thermal fuse can be checked for continuity and replaced if necessary.
How To Reset Dryer Motor
Is your dryer motor not operating properly? Is it possible to reset things and get it running again?
Resetting the dryer can help in many cases to get the appliance up and running again. This includes issues where the dryer motor is not operating properly. Unplug the dryer or turn off the circuit breaker for a few minutes. Reestablish power and allow the appliance to fully restart. That should fix many small problems that can affect the motor.
Unfortunately, there may be times when a restart does not help with motor problems. It could be an issue with the motor itself, and it will need to be replaced. It may also be problems with the circuitry or with the control panel. These issues must be addressed separately.
If a system restart for your appliance does not solve the problem, you will need to check the motor and other internal parts to see where the problem lies.
How To Reset Dryer Drum
If you have a dryer that is not running properly, you may need to reset it. This can sometimes fix the problems you’re experiencing.
When your dryer drum is not turning, a reset of the appliance is a good place to start to see if it fixes the issue easily. Reset your dryer by unplugging it and leaving it unplugged for a few minutes. If you don’t have easy access to the receptacle, you can turn off the circuit breaker. After reestablishing power, allow the appliance to fully restart before testing again.
In most cases, there is not a reset button on your dryer so this type of manual reset is necessary by disconnecting from power. You can also check your appliance guide to see if your model does have an option for a system restart using a button combination.
Unfortunately, most problems with the dryer drum are not going to be fixed with a system restart. In many cases, it is a problem with a belt that has either stretched or broken. The belt will need to be replaced if that is the case.
This article and its contents are owned by Ready To DIY and was first published on 06/01/2022.
How To Reset Dryer Won’t Start
If your dryer doesn’t start can it be fixed by resetting the appliance? Read this before trying.
Resetting your dryer can sometimes fix issues that are leading to the appliance not starting. This is true when there are small errors in the control board that need to be reset. You can reset the dryer by unplugging it or switching off the circuit breaker for a few minutes. After reestablishing power, wait a few minutes before testing again.
There are many different issues that could result in a dryer not starting. Are you getting power to the dryer? It could be as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or perhaps an issue with the receptacle.
If you have power to the dryer are any of the buttons on the control panel working? Restarting the dryer may fix this issue but it won’t always fix every problem.
If the issue seems to be with the control panel, you can inspect it using a magnifying glass to look for any burnt areas or cracks. If you see any problems with the control panel, it will need to be replaced.
How To Reset Dryer Thermal Fuse
The thermal fuse detects high temperatures in the dryer and shuts things down if necessary. It is also a device that sometimes needs replacing.
If a dryer thermal fuse is not operating properly, it cannot be reset. Like any type of fuse, once problems start to occur, it will need to be replaced. The thermal fuse disconnects if high temperatures are experienced. If it is unnecessarily shutting down your dryer, it will have to be replaced because it cannot be repaired.
Fortunately, thermal fuses are not overly expensive and they are easy for most homeowners to replace. Before you replace this item, you need to test it.
After turning off power to the dryer, remove the thermal fuse and check it with a multimeter. If it is not showing continuity, then the thermal fuse is broken and needs to be replaced.
Make sure you get the proper thermal fuse for your dryer.
How To Reset Dryer Timer
The dryer timer is a relatively simple device but it is also one device that is replaced more often than any other. The problem is that it is not often the issue.
If the dryer timer is not working, you can reset the appliance to try to get it back on track again. The dryer timer moves between different cycles according to a timed schedule. Restarting the dryer by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker for a few minutes may get it back into the correct timing cycle.
Unfortunately, once a dryer timer starts experiencing problems, it is likely going to be an issue that needs constant attention. Replacing the timer is often the best option.
Most dryer timers can be replaced for around $200. This is something that can be done by most homeowners.
Make sure that the dryer timer is actually the problem because it could be an issue with something else, such as the door sensor or a thermal fuse.
How To Reset Dryer Pilot Light
Do you need to reset the pilot light in your dryer? It’s important to do it in the right way.
To reset the dryer pilot light, you first need to clear any residual gas. Turn the knob off and wait a few minutes before you try to ignite it again. After you wait for the gas to dissipate, turn the knob back to the pilot position and hold it in while you light the pilot.
Fortunately, it is not often necessary to reset the pilot in a dryer. It is something that you should know how to do, because it can be inconvenient if you find yourself waiting to move clothes over to the dryer because you don’t know how to restart the pilot light.
This is also something that may differ from one brand to another and even from one model to another. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the specifics of your model before restarting the pilot light.
How To Reset Dryer Heating Element
Are you having problems with your dryer heating element? It may be possible to reset it.
To reset the heating element and thermostat in your dryer, you will need to access the back panel and remove it. There should be a reset located inside of the thermostat but you will need to use a pin to push it. When you push the reset button, you will hear a click that lets you know that it has been reset properly.
Sometimes, it is not possible to reset the heating element because the element itself has gone bad. You can test the element by removing it from the dryer and using a multimeter to see if there is continuity.
You can reset the dryer functions by disconnecting the appliance from power. This is done by either unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. Wait a few minutes before turning the power back on and then allow the dryer to fully restart. Most dryers do not have a reset button so you need to use this manual method to reset the settings.