Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating / Heat Up Problems

Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating / Heat Up Problems

Whirlpool is a popular manufacturer that produces high quality, long-lasting home appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers. What does it mean when your Whirlpool dryer is not heating up?

If your Whirlpool dryer is not heating or has other heat up problems, the most common reasons are a blown circuit breaker, a bad heating element, a bad fuse, a faulty thermostat, improper loading, a defective igniter, and clogged vents or lint traps.

This article will look at common causes of a Whirlpool dryer not heating and other heat up problems. We’ll also discuss how to fix these issues.

Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating 

Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating

Many people have problems with their Whirlpool dryer not heating. This is a common issue for a lot of dryers, especially as they age. There can be multiple causes for this issue.

We’re going to look at some common issues that cause a Whirlpool dryer not to heat. It’s always easier to check the small stuff before disassembling your machine to examine the inner mechanics.

Blown Circuit Breaker

Many dryers require two separate breakers to run. There are times when one breaker may blow, but the other one will continue to work. 

If a blown circuit breaker occurs, your dryer may get the 110 volts it needs to turn on but not any juice from the 220-volt breaker that allows your dryer to heat.

How to Fix

Fixing a blown breaker is cheap and simple. Look in your breaker box and see if the breaker is on or off. If off, switch it to on. This solution should solve the problem. If it continues to trip – turn off – you may need to replace the breaker.

Heating Element

Another problem that can cause your dryer to not heat is a bad heating element. When a heating element malfunctions, the dryer cannot produce warm air. 

Your clothes may feel cold when the drying cycle is over, rather than the warm feeling you get from a working dryer. Some items may not dry completely during the first cycle and require repeating drying.

How to Fix

To check your heating element, you will need to remove your dryer’s back panel for top loaders or possibly the drum for front-loading dryers. 

After disconnecting the power and opening the access point, examine the heating element. This part resembles a stretched door spring. 

If the problem is your element, you’ll notice a break or crack somewhere in the coil. You can also test the part using a multimeter tool. A “No continuity” code means your element is bad.


A bad fuse can also cause your Whirlpool dryer not to heat up. There are multiple fuses to check throughout the dryer that can make your dryer stop heating.

Some of these fuses are on the heating element, and others are on the blower housing. Where your fuses are specifically will depend upon your Whirlpool model. 

How to Fix

The easiest way to figure out where to check for your fuses is to look up your Whirlpool dryer’s model on the Whirlpool website. You may also find this information in your owner’s manual.

Once you know where to find the fuses, use your multimeter tool to test each of these components for defects. Replacing these parts should be simple for most customers without the need for a professional. 

Whirlpool Dryer Heating Not Drying 

Whirlpool Dryer Heating Not Drying

If your Whirlpool dryer heats up but still isn’t drying, it’s usually a simple fix not caused by failed mechanics. Try testing all the easy issues before moving onto the more technical to save you time and energy.

Let’s look at a few common reasons why a dryer may heat but doesn’t dry. The first thing to do is always check your lint trap to be sure it is not full. Many times this simple solution can fix the issue. If that isn’t the problem, continue checking the following solutions.

Dryer Too Full

Each dryer comes with a maximum capacity for how much clothes it can hold—the more clothes you put into the dryer, the less room for warm air to circulate. 

When there isn’t enough air circulation, you can end up with clothes that are still wet, especially those in the middle. 

How to Fix

Thankfully, if this is your problem, it’s a simple solution. Reduce the number of clothes you add into your dryer drum with each load. 

You should not fill your dryer more than ¾ full of wet clothes. The extra ¼ amount of space gives room for the air to move better. It also keeps the clothes loose so they can tumble and dry properly.

Wet Clothes

Adding clothes that are too wet is another common reason why a dryer doesn’t dry. This issue is a result of a poor spin cycle during washing. 

Your clothes should not retain any water after washing. If your clothes feel heavy when you pick them up or see water dripping out, your dryer will not dry them. Your dryer may even turn off mid-cycle due to the excess weight of the water draining from the clothes.

How to Fix

The best way to fix a dryer that won’t dry dripping wet clothing is to remove the clothes from the dryer and put them back into the washing machine. 

Switch your settings to the spin cycle so it can pull the excess moisture from the clothes. If an extra spin doesn’t help, it may mean there’s a problem with your machine. In this case, hand wrings your clothing to reduce excess moisture before putting them back in the dryer. 

Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating Enough/Hot Enough

Whirlpool Dryer Not Heating Enough/Hot Enough

Another issue may be that your dryer heats, but it doesn’t get hot enough to dry your clothes. Your clothes may feel like you’ve hung them outside to dry on a cold day when you take them out of the dryer after a full cycle.

The cause of a dryer that’s not getting hot enough is usually a mechanical issue. It could be a bad heating element. Whether you have a gas or electric dryer can also play a part in causing the problem.


A common issue that causes a Whirlpool dryer to not heat enough to dry clothes is a faulty thermostat. Some Whirlpool models may have two thermostats you need to check.

The high-limit thermostat is a safety precaution that prevents unsafe temperatures. These are often thermal fuses that can default, causing your dryer to blow cold air. 

The other thermostat to check is the cycling, which controls the heating element and when the air gets heated. When the cycling thermostat gets stuck open, it will cause cold air to blow. 

How to Fix

Damaged thermostats will need replacing if you want your dryer to resume normal functions. Most experts recommend that if you replace the high-temperature thermostat, you also replace the cycling thermostat. 

If the cycling thermostat gets stuck in a closed position, it can cause your dryer to get too hot, which can be dangerous. 


Dryers that have gas-heated elements have igniters. If your dryer is electric, you don’t have to worry about this issue.

If your gas dryer is not heating properly, the first thing to check is the igniter, which controls when the gas lights to produce heat. When the igniter breaks, the pilot is never lit, meaning no flame or heat.

How to Fix

To check your ignitor, you will need to unplug your dryer and remove the burner housing. Check the igniter for signs of damage.

A defective igniter may have cracks, breaks, or yellow to white burn marks. If you notice these issues, you will need to replace the part. 

Whirlpool Dryer Runs but No Heat 

Whirlpool Dryer Runs but No Heat

Some people have an issue where the dryer runs through a regular cycle. But when you go to get your clothes out, you notice your dryer isn’t producing heat.

If your Whirlpool dryer runs but doesn’t produce heat, it could be a problem with the operating thermostat, the high limit thermostat or fuse, or the heating element. 

We’ve already discussed each of these problems above, so we will not go into them here. But another common reason why your dryer may not heat up while running is clogged vents.

Clogged Vents

If you’re noticing signs that your dryer seems to get hot, but your clothes don’t get dry, it could be that your dryer vent is clogged. Or you may have a vent that’s too long or broken.

When a vent gets stopped up, it can cause multiple problems with the parts of your dryer. You should check for this issue before trying the more challenging solutions.

How to Fix

Examine your dryer vent for tears or bends. Also, consider the length of your hose. A vent needs less than sixty feet, but after taking in the ninety-degree angles, you’ll only need 25 to 35 feet. 

Detach the hose from your dryer and from the wall to look into the vent. If you see a clog, use a long handle such as a broom to push the clog-free. 

Whirlpool Dryer Heating Not Drying Clothes Completely 

Whirlpool Dryer Heating Not Drying Clothes Completely

If your Whirlpool dryer heats up but doesn’t seem to be drying your clothes completely, you could be dealing with one of three simple issues. 

Two causes of a dryer that heats up but doesn’t thoroughly dry your clothes are a dryer that’s too full of clothes and a clogged vent. Another reason is a full lint trap.

Full Lint Trap

Each dryer comes with a lint guard that collects the tiny pieces of debris that can get into your dryer parts and cause problems.

When you let this vent get too full, no new lint can be collected, leading to dangers such as a fire. It can also prevent your clothes from getting dry.

How to Fix

A full lint trap is the easiest issue to fix. Pull your trap out and remove all the built-up lint. Discard this in a trash can or use it as kindling to start a bonfire.

For the best use, you should clean your lint guard out after every use. But do not go more than three cycles without cleaning. 

Final Thoughts

We’ve given you all the common causes of a Whirlpool dryer with heat problems and doesn’t heat. To recap, the most common reasons for the dryer’s heating problems are:

  • Circuit breaker
  • Heating element
  • Fuses
  • Thermostats
  • Improper loading
  • Thermostats
  • Igniter
  • Clogged vents or lint traps

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