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Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating (How to Fix)

If your Whirlpool dryer is not heating properly, there may be an easy way to fix it.

The most common reason why a Whirlpool dryer is not heating properly is that it is not plugged into the proper receptacle. Your Whirlpool dryer requires 240 V and if you are not providing it with enough electricity, the heating element may not work.

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There are differences in the way that gas and electric dryers work and we will cover a number of factors in this article to ensure that you are aware of how both can be affected.

Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating (How To Fix)

It is also interesting to note that some different factors may keep your clothes from drying but they are not going to keep your dryer from heating. It is often mistaken as one for the other. Here are some of those possible problems:

Airflow – If you are not getting the proper airflow through your Whirlpool dryer, it may not be drying but it could still be heating. This could be due to the lint screen being clogged or because the vent is either crushed or obstructed.

Load Size – Although it would be nice to throw everything we have in the dryer at one time, they are not made to handle that much of a load. Make sure you are only filling the drum about three-quarters full and remove clothes if necessary.

Wet Clothing – If your washing machine is not spinning properly and removing most of the water from your clothing, your dryer may have a hard time keeping up with it. You may need to run through a separate spin cycle in your washer to rectify this problem.

Whirlpool Electric Dryer Not Heating (Causes, How To Fix)

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Is your Whirlpool electric dryer no longer heating? What can be done to fix this problem?

A common reason why a Whirlpool electric heater is not heating is due to a faulty thermal fuse. The thermal fuse measures the heat in the dryer and turns off the heater if high temperatures are detected. When the thermal fuse is going bad, it may send inappropriate signals to the main controller.

The thermal fuse is relatively easy to replace. You can remove the fuse and check it with a multimeter for continuity. If it is not checking out, replace the thermal fuse and it should start the machine working properly again.

If you look in your breaker box, you will see that there are separate 30-amp breakers that run the electric dryer. They are often attached but if one of them is tripped, then you may be able to operate the dryer but it won’t be heating.

Another possible problem is the heating element is no longer working. The heating element is what the Whirlpool dryer uses to heat the air inside of the dryer. If the heating element is not working, it will not heat the air.

If the heating element is not working, it will have to be replaced.

Whirlpool Gas Dryer Not Heating (Causes, How To Fix)

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If you have a Whirlpool gas dryer, it can also experience its own problems, and if it is not drying, here are some things to look into.

If your gas dryer is no longer heating, check the gas shut-off valve. If the shut-off valve is closed, it will not be able to heat the inside of the dryer because no gas is getting through. Make sure that the handle is parallel to the pipe.

You should also check the same factors that could cause problems with an electric dryer, such as the thermal fuse and the heating element. Although they operate on gas in a gas dryer, they still are there to operate inside of the machine.

Many people who are comfortable working on an electric drier may not be as comfortable working on a gas dryer. In either case, you may find it beneficial to contact a professional for assistance when things are not working properly.

Why Whirlpool Dryer is Not Getting Hot Enough

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There are times when your Whirlpool dryer is getting hot but it isn’t getting hot enough. What can be done in this case?

A common reason why a Whirlpool dryer is not getting hot enough is that the thermal fuse is not working properly. The thermal fuse regulates the temperature inside of the dryer and if it gets too hot, it will cause the heat to shut down temporarily.

Although the thermal fuse may allow the heat to come on, as it is failing, it may turn the heat on and off rapidly. This can keep your Whirlpool dryer from heating up enough that it will get your clothes dry.

It is also important to do routine maintenance on your dryer to ensure that everything is working and will continue to work. This could include cleaning the lint screen regularly and ensuring that the vent is clear.

How To Test a Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element

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One of the problems that can occur when a dryer is no longer heating is for the element to have gone bad. How can you test a Whirlpool dryer heating element?

Step 1: Remove the Element – In order to test the heating element on a Whirlpool dryer, you will have to remove it from the dryer. You cannot test the element in place. Doing so is dangerous and will not yield the best results.

Step 2: Test Everything – When you remove the heating element, you also have easy access to the thermal fuse. It’s a good time to test everything to ensure that it is operating properly.

Step 3: Continuity – The type of test you will be doing is a continuity test. Most multi-meters have a separate setting to test in this way. Essentially, you are testing to see if the current is passing from one side of the heating element to the other.

Step 4: Test – Put the probes on either end of the heating element where the plug goes into the machine. One probe goes on one side and the other probe will go on the other side. It doesn’t matter which side goes on which probe.

If it checks out for continuity, you will hear an audible beeping. If you don’t hear the beep, then the heating element is bad and it should be replaced.

How To Check if Whirlpool Dryer Heating Sensor Is Broken

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Your Whirlpool dryer has a heating sensor inside that monitors the temperature and makes necessary adjustments. This heating sensor is also known as a thermistor and it can be tested.

Step 1: Continuity – Check the heating sensor for continuity by placing the probes on opposite ends of the thermistor. If you hear a beep and the needle moves, it likely means that continuity checks out.

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Step 2: Accuracy – Continue to leave the multi-meter connected to the thermistor and heat up the sensor with either a hairdryer or a heat gun. You should see the resistance go down as the heat increases.

If things don’t check out when you do these tests, you should replace the heat sensor.

How To Check a Whirlpool Dryer Heating Fuse

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If you suspect that your Whirlpool dryer heating fuse is not working properly, how can you check it?

Step 1: Isolate – The first step in the process is to remove the fuse from the dryer. Testing it in place will not yield the right results and could be dangerous.

Step 2: Settings – If your multi-meter has a continuity tester with a tone, choose that setting. Otherwise, choose a low setting.

Step 3: Attach – Touch one of the probes to one side of the fuse and the other probe to the opposite side. It doesn’t matter which side you choose for which probe. If you hear a tone, it has continuity but if the needle doesn’t show any movement or you don’t hear a tone, replace it.

Troubleshooting For a Whirlpool Front Load Dryer Not Heating

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If you have a Whirlpool front loading dryer and it is not heating, what are the things to check when troubleshooting?

Circuit Breaker: Ensure that the circuit breakers are not tripped.

Heating Element: Test the heating element to see if it is bad. You can check it for continuity with a multimeter.

Thermal Fuse: You can also test the thermal fuse while you have the heating element removed. Test it for continuity.

There may also be other issues that can keep your front-load dryer from operating properly. They may not affect the heat but they can affect the ability of your dryer to dry.

These various issues include a buildup of lint, a blocked or crushed vent pipe, clothes that are too wet going into the machine, or using the wrong settings.

Troubleshooting For a Whirlpool Top Load Dryer Not Heating

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If you have a Whirlpool top-load dryer, check for the following items when troubleshooting a no-heat problem.

Power – Check the breaker box for a tripped breaker and ensure you are plugged into a 240 V receptacle.

Heating Element and Thermal Fuse – You can check both the heating element and thermal fuse for continuity. Remove them from the dryer before checking.

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Other issues may also be a problem, such as loading the machine too much or improperly or if you have a buildup of lint on the lint screen.

If your Whirlpool dryer is not heating, it could be an issue with the thermal fuse. Pull the thermal fuse from the machine and check it using a multimeter. If it doesn’t check for continuity, it should be replaced.

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