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LG Dryer Not Heating Up/Not Enough Heat/Heating but Not Drying

LG Dryer Not Heating Up/Not Enough Heat/Heating but Not Drying

If you have recently bought an LG dryer and you’re facing some technical problems with it, fret not! This article will address some of the most common problems encountered when using this dryer, including issues with the heating or drying element. 

When your LG dryer doesn’t heat properly, you should try resetting it if the heating element is working with no issues. If you’re using a gas dryer, you can reset it by pushing a black button. You will likely need to clean the vent tubes or get a replacement part for an electric dryer. 

To learn more about common issues that could be faced by your dryer and how to fix them, keep reading. You might even be able to fix your dryer without calling a technician and save up on a few hundred dollars. 

What to Do if LG Dryer Doesn’t Heat Properly?

What to Do if LG Dryer Doesn’t Heat Properly?

Depending on whether you have a gas LG dryer or an electric LG dryer, you will need to take different steps to get your heating to work correctly again. Here’s what you should be doing if you have a gas dryer:

  1. Unplug your dryer from any electrical source. This is for your safety to ensure that you don’t get electrocuted. 
  2. Remove the plastic cover on the side access hole using a screwdriver. 
  3. Once the cover is removed, you will find a button connected to a red and white wire. The button will likely be black, located between two terminals.
  4. Reach inside and press the button. You will hear a clicking sound, which means that your dryer has been reset. 

Once this is done, your dryer’s heating unit should be running smoothly. If it doesn’t, you need to replace the specific part because it is faulty. 

On the other hand, here’s what you need to do if you have an electric dryer:

  1. Unplug your dryer from an electrical source.
  2. Remove all the screws holding the plastic top on the machine. 
  3. Remove the water container for steam. 
  4. Take the top off. 
  5. Unscrew all the screws holding the front panel to the machine. 
  6. Remove the front panel. Once this is done, you can access the electric heating component. 
  7. Take a multi-tester and test if the leads on the heating panel are working. If everything is in order, you should hear a beeping sound. If you don’t hear this auditory beep for any one of the leads, it means that one of the parts is broken, and you need a replacement heater.  
  8. If everything is in order, the high limit is likely blown over other components of the heater, like the thermostat not working. 
  9. Take the front panel and tumbler out by removing all the screws holding it in place. This allows you to access the heating element better. Alternatively, you could remove the back and access the heater from the back, though it is more difficult to reach the vents this way.  
  10. Use the multi-tester to test for continuity on the different parts of the heater. 
  11. Once you have confirmed that it is the high limit causing the problem, try cleaning the vent tube. Most high limit fuses blow due to obstruction in the vent tubes, which cause overheating and a blown fuse. 
  12. Ensure that you clean the lint from the rest of the machine as well. This lint is combustible so that it could start a small fire in your dryer. 
  13. Once this is done, replace all the parts exactly as they were previously. 
  14. Run one revolution and see if your heater is working as it should be. 

If your dryer’s heating component still fails to work after trying this out, you need a replacement heating part. You can ask a representative of the company or a local technician who has the relevant parts to repair your dryer. 

LG Dryer Not Getting Hot Enough

One prevalent reason an LG dryer might not be getting hot enough is a clogged lint filter, which can restrict airflow and reduce heating efficiency. To address this, regularly clean out the lint filter by removing accumulated lint after each drying cycle.

Another potential cause could be a malfunctioning heating element. Over time, the heating element can burn out or become defective. If the dryer isn’t heating at all or not getting hot enough, inspect the heating element for damage and replace it if necessary.

Additionally, a faulty thermostat could be the culprit. The dryer’s thermostat monitors and regulates the temperature inside the drum. If it’s not functioning correctly, it might not signal the dryer to heat adequately. Checking the thermostat with a multimeter for continuity can help determine if it’s defective. If found faulty, replace the thermostat to restore proper heating.

What to Do if LG Dryer Is Heating but Not Drying?

What to Do if LG Dryer Is Heating but Not Drying?

If your dryer is heating but not drying properly, it is likely due to lint blockage. Lint and other restrictions in the home exhaust system or the dryer’s internal vents decrease airflow, increase drying time, and leave clothes feeling damp even after a cycle. 

Here are some steps you can take to get your machine running properly again:

  1. Clean your lint filter. You can pull it up easily out of the machine to clean it. Even if your lint filter is clean, you should closely inspect the hole where it is fitted because debris might be trapped below your lint filter, preventing proper drying. You can try using a broken-up plastic coat hanger to remove this lint or a Lint Lizard vacuum. 
  2. Check your exterior vent hood. Turning your dryer onto a normal cycle, go outside where it is vented and remove any visible obstructions in the vent. You should also check to see if there is sufficient airflow. If there is insufficient airflow, there is a blockage inside the vent. 
  3. Remove obstructions from inside the vent. Unplug your dryer from a power source and disconnect the duct from your dryer to remove visible obstacles.

Sometimes, vent blockages are not easily visible, especially if the vent pipe has many bends and kinks in it. In this case, you should call professional ductwork cleaners to remove the buildup. 

What to Do if LG Dryer’s Cooling Button Stays On?

What to Do if LG Dryer’s Cooling Button Stays On?

The ‘cooling’ indicator on your electric dryer’s control panel is meant to stay illuminated during a drying cycle. When the drying cycle runs, the drying light flashes on and off throughout the cycle; however, the cooling light stays on the entire time, until the last five minutes of the cycle, when it starts to flash like the drying light.  

Once the cycle is done, the cooling light should turn itself off automatically. 

What to Do if LG Dryer Heat Sensor Keeps Tripping?

What to Do if LG Dryer Heat Sensor Keeps Tripping?

Here are a few reasons why your heat sensor might keep tripping and what to do about it: 

  • Heat sensor issues. You might have a faulty heat sensor and need to replace the part. 
  • Clogged vents. Your heat sensor might be working perfectly normally if your ducts are blocked. A clogged vent means that the machine needs to expend more energy to dry a load, generating excessive heat in the process. This process could trigger your heat sensor. 
  • Dryer located near a heat source. If you keep your dryer near a heat source, the heat sensor could be picking up unwanted residual heat from there instead, causing it to trip.

LG Dryer Displaying Error Codes?

LG Dryer Displaying Error Codes?

Error codes on your dryer tell you what the problem is, along with indicating which steps you should take to resolve this problem. These error codes can be resolved relatively easily. Here are some of the more common codes:

  • D80, D90, D95. These error codes indicate that there is lint buildup in the exhaust duct. You can resolve this by removing lint. 
  • tE1. This code shows that there is a problem with the thermistor of the dryer. To resolve this problem, unplug your dryer and hold the start button for five seconds to reboot the system. 
  • P5. This code shows that there is an improper voltage being supplied to the power cord. This can be solved by switching the red and white wire’s connections on the dryer’s terminal block. 

For a longer and more thorough list of codes, you can go here.  

Final Thoughts

If you have any additional issues or if your problems have not been fixed by the solutions provided in this article, the best way to repair your dryer is to call a technician. It might cost some money, but it takes a lot less time than figuring out how you should be fixing your dryer or improperly wiring the unit back together. Unless you’re confident in going through the more complex mechanisms, you should probably hire a repairman. 

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