Updated Oct 13, 2022
If you reach into your dryer to remove clothes only to find that they’re still soaking wet, or you notice that despite being “on,” your dryer refuses to tumble, it may need some maintenance. Keep reading to learn about the common issues that cause a dryer to stop spinning and what you can do to solve the problem.
There could be a few different reasons why your dryer isn’t spinning. Below are the most common:
Here’s how you can get your dryer to spin again:
1. Push the reset button
In the event that a dryer won’t operate correctly, you might have to reset the appliance via its reset button.
2. Learn the best way for replacing faulty parts
If you’re having issues with a faulty switch or a broken dryer belt, you’ll need to replace these malfunctioning parts as soon as possible. Depending on the item that’s broken, you might be able to find an alternative piece at a store or online.
It’s possible that some parts for your specific model number can only be purchased through the manufacturer. Contact the company to see if you must get a part through them. If you purchase a part from a separate home improvement store, you may find that this part isn’t compatible with your device and that it will only work with a piece you get directly from the machine’s manufacturer.
3. Replace the dryer belt
Inspect the belt and see if it’s in good condition or needs to be replaced. If you’re not confident in your ability to replace the dryer belt yourself, hire a technician. Expect to spend about $200 for professional assistance and about $20 for a new dryer belt.
If your dryer still isn’t spinning, there are a series of steps you can take in order to remove a worn or broken dryer belt yourself.
While it may be tempting to try and fix your dryer on your own, there are situations where a professional repair job is the best solution. Here are a few examples of when you should call a professional to help:
You’re not sure what to do
If you’re genuinely confused about what’s wrong with your dryer or you don’t feel confident fixing the machine yourself, call a technician. Never attempt a DIY job under uncertain circumstances—it’s possible you could make the problem worse, which could result in you having to spend more money on repairs or buying a new dryer altogether.
You’re not sure of your own safety
If there’s a massive electrical or heating issue with your dryer or something else that makes you worry you can’t perform the correct maintenance, you should certainly contact a professional. You never want to put yourself in a situation where you get badly burned or suffer an electric shock.
The service is affordable and saves you time
If you don’t have the time to repair your dryer, find a professional that you trust to complete the repairs for you. Ask friends and family for recommendations, read trusted, third-party reviews, and give a technician a call.
The problem doesn’t seem to be the dryer
It’s possible that your appliance isn’t working for reasons that aren’t directly related to the device. Was there a severe power failure that requires an electrician’s attention? Is there a water issue that might need a plumber’s expertise? If you’re looking at a larger issue that goes beyond the appliance, you might need to call for professional help.