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Samsung Dryer Not Heating Up? Try These 4 Fixes

Last Updated Nov 28, 2022

If you load your wet clothes into your Samsung dryer and find the machine is not heating up enough to do its job, you might be wondering what you can do.

The most common reasons for a Samsung dryer not heating up are:

  • A burnt heat element
  • A blown thermal fuse
  • A failed control board heater to rely upon
  • An improperly installed power supply

Some of these issues have easier fixes than others. This guide will take a deep look at all the issues and tell you some ways you can fix them. Keep reading to find out.

Replace the Heating Element In Your Samsung Dryer

If you have a burnt heat element you might smell burning when using the dryer

If you remove the heating element and it has burn marks along it, this is also a sign that the heating element is burning and needs to be replaced. 

Replacing the heating element differs for every Samsung model. Make sure to check your user manual to see the exact way to replace it. 

Here are some basic steps you can follow to replace the heating element:

  1. Turn off your dryer’s power so you won’t electrocute or injure yourself. 
  2. Remove the drum. 
  3. Remove the heating housing. 
  4. Remove the heating element.
  5. Disconnect the wires. 
  6. Place in the new element and connect the wires. 
  7. Place the heating housing and drum in their original place. 
  8. Restore the power supply and see if the dryer is generating heat. 

If your dryer is not heating, a broken heating element is the most common reason. If you replace the heating element and the dryer is still cold, you will need to look for other solutions. 

Replace Your Samsung Dryer’s Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse protects the dryer from overheating. If the dryer got too hot, the thermal fuse might have become overwhelmed and blown out. 

Thermal fuses can also blow when the dryer vents are clogged. 

Thermal fuses cannot be repaired, they can only be replaced. So, if the fuse has blown, you need to get a new part. You can either replace it yourself or use a professional. 

Refer to the user manual for your dryer to see the exact process of replacing thermal fuses. There are some basic steps you can follow to put the new fuse in:

  1. Shut the power supply to the dryer off. 
  2. Remove the back panel of the dryer to access the heater assembly. 
  3. If the assembly is hot, give it a chance to cool before working on it. 
  4. Disconnect the burnt fuse.
  5. Install a new fuse. 
  6. Clean the lint out of the dryer vents to prevent more damage in the future. 
  7. Return the power supply and see if the dryer heats. 

Blown thermal fuses are also a common reason why a dryer might stop heating. If this solution did not work, there are still some others you can try. 

Replace the Main Control Board of Your Samsung Dryer

If the heater in the dryer is not working, it might be because the heater replay in the control board failed. 

The main control board in the Samsung dryer is in charge of controlling all the functions of the appliance including the heat functions. 

If the board fails, no power will be sent to the heating parts of the dryer. The most common reason for a failing signal from the board is a failing part. 

While you can search through the board for the failing part and replace it, putting in a new control board is much easier. 

Here are some basic steps for replacing the control board:

  1. Remove the top panel of the dryer if it is front loading or the side panel if the dryer is top loading. 
  2. Find the control board and remove the connectors. 
  3. Remove the mounting screws. 
  4. Place the new board in. 
  5. Reinstall everything as it was before. 

Always refer to your user manual before replacing anything though.

Check Your Samsung Dryer’s Power Supply 

The last common reason for a dryer that’s not heating is insufficient power supply. Dryers need large amounts of power to operate. 

Most dryers are connected to double-circuit breakers. If one of the breakers trips, the dryer will only receive half the power it needs to operate. 

Check the circuit breakers and make sure all the ones connected to the dryer are on. If you aren’t sure, call a professional electrician to come and take a look. 

Final Thoughts 

A dryer that’s not heating is frustrating especially when you need clothes dried quickly. Luckily, most of the fixes are easy. 

You might need to order a new part, but the replacements can be put in in just a few steps. Try replacing the heating element first followed by the fuses and the control board.