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Dryer Not Drying? Untangle Issues With Your Dryer Wiring

If your dryer won’t start, won't dry, or is displaying error codes, there may be an issue with your dryer wiring. Your dryer needs to be wired correctly to receive stable electricity, which powers the system and allows it to function properly. So, if your dryer wiring is faulty, you’re bound to have a problem.

Why Do Dryer Wiring Issues Occur?

Like any other type of wire, the wires powering your dryer can wear down over time. The wear-down process can be particularly quick with dryers, because the exessive movement of your dryer moving to and fro can shake your wires loose or damage them. No matter how it happens, you’ll need to fix your wires to get your dryer back up and running.

How to check for faulty dryer wiring

  • Find your breaker box and check the circuit that your dryer is connected to. If the switch is sitting half way between "on" and "off", then the breaker is tripped. Move the switch fully into the "off" position, then flip it back on.

    After resetting your breaker, go back and check if the dryer display is on. If the issue was just the breaker, it should be working again.

    CAUTION: Only reset your breaker once. If the breaker trips again in a short period of time, that's a sign of a larger problem that should be investigated by a technician.

  • If the breaker isn't tripped but the dryer display is still off, check that it's plugged into an outlet. Follow the plug from the base of the dryer to its outlet and make sure it hasn't shaken loose. Next, try plugging something else into the outlet. If the new device also doesn't work, the outlet may be the issue.

    If it's both plugged in and the outlet is working but the dryer display still won't turn on, then you can assume that the issue is with the electrical systems in the dryer itself.

    CAUTION: If you need to pull the dryer away from the wall, wiggle it carefully outward. Don't try to lift it.

  • If your dryer's display is on, then it's getting power from the breaker and the outlet. Look for any error codes on the display and write them down. Check the manual for your dryer's make and model. There is usually a list of all the error codes and what they mean. They should tell you if power isn't reaching a certain component. Once you know where the electrical issue is, you can call in a technician to help you fix it.

Are you wires working? If so, consider other problems pointing to a faulty dryer.

What To Do If My Dryer Wiring Is Faulty?

Electrical work can be dangerous, so let’s leave it to the pros! If your dryer’s wires are the source of your broken drying machine, you’re best off bringing in a professional electrician. You can reach out to one of our Remote Assist experts for a free virtual diagnosis to get started!

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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