Find and Use the Indesit Tumble Dryer Reset Button

Indesit is just one of over a dozen brands under the Whirlpool Corporation, alongside Maytag, Hotpoint, and KitchenAid. As such, you’d expect the same quality out of an Indesit electric dryer as you would any of their other subsidiaries.

But even quality appliances fail sometimes—commonly, dryers start to over- or underheat clothing, leaving you with either a burning pile of clothes or a sopping lump of laundry.

Fortunately, Indesit tumble dryers come with a reset switch inside one of their thermostats that you can press in order to reset the appliance’s heating settings. You’ll need a thin pin in order to reach it.

This post will explain what the reset switch is suitable for and how to access it in your Indesit tumble dryer.

Where Is the Reset Button on an Indesit Tumble Dryer?

reset button on an indesit tumble dryer

Many modern dryers have a thermostat reset button that you can press to restore the component to its default settings. On some dryers—including the Indesit tumble dryer—this button isn’t a button but an internal switch.

You can find the Indesit’s reset switch on the right-hand thermostat on top of the heating assembly box. There will be a small hole in the center of the thermostat that you can insert a small pin into in order to flip the reset switch.

Resetting the thermostat is an especially great idea if your dryer has started to under- or overheat your laundry, as the thermostat is responsible for your dryer heating up more or less as needed.

If your thermostat has been set too low, your dryer won’t heat up enough. If it’s been set too high, it will overheat. Resetting it can bring the temperature settings back to their ideal point.

How to Access the Indesit Tumble Dryer Reset Switch

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to get to this reset switch using a screwdriver:

  • Unplug the dryer from its power supply. One might think this step needs no mentioning, but even the most cautious people can forget crucial steps. Be sure to remove the power cord from the outlet so you don’t electrocute yourself!
  • On the back of the dryer, there should be a white, semi-circular plastic panel toward the center with a box-like protrusion in the middle. Unscrew the screw on each side of the protrusion and remove the panel.
  • Below that panel toward the bottom of the dryer, there should be another dark gray panel. Remove all 9 screws on the outside of the pane holding it into place—2 on top, 3 on the left, 2 on the right, and 2 on the bottom.
  • More toward the center of the gray panel, there should be 2 more screws. These screws hold the heating assembly onto this panel on the inside. Remove them while holding up the panel and the assembly.
  • Hold up the heating assembly box and locate the two thermostats on top. The one on the right should have a small hole in the middle of it. Insert a pin into the hole until you hear a click, which should be the sound of the switch resetting.

Once you’ve reset the switch, you’ll want to put the dryer back together and run a cycle. To put the dryer back together, follow the above steps in a backward order or refer to the steps below:

  • Screw the 2 screws for the heating assembly box back into place on the outside of the gray panel.
  • Then, screw all 9 screws back into place around the outside of the gray panel. Remember, that’s 2 on the right, 3 on the left, 2 on top, and 2 more on the bottom.
  • Place the white, semi-circular panel back into place at the center of the dryer, above the dark gray panel. Screw the 2 screws on either side of the box-like protrusion in the center back into place.
  • Plug the dryer back into the power outlet.
  • Run a normal cycle with a wet load of laundry. For dryers that are underheating, this might be the same as the previous load of laundry.

You’ll know that the reset worked if you run a cycle on wet laundry and it comes out dry and warm but not blistering hot.

Is There an Indesit IDC85 Tumble Dryer Reset Button?

The Indesit IDC series includes the IDC75 and IDC85. The dryers in this series are condenser dryers, meaning they rely on pulling the moisture out of clothing using heat and condensing the excess into a container that you have to empty out once in a while.

This is unique from vented dryers, which use vents and airflow to eliminate excess water content in clothing.

The Indesit IDC75 and IDC85 also have a reset switch on one of their thermostats. However, you’ll find the switch on the inside of the left-hand thermostat rather than the right-hand one, like you would in a vented Indesit dryer.

The steps for reaching this thermostat should be about the same, too: Remove a couple of panels off the back of the dryer and locate the thermostats on top of the heating assembly box. 

The one on the left should have a small hole in it that you can insert a pin into and press the reset switch with. As always, unplug the dryer before starting.

Once you’ve pressed the switch, put your dryer back together again, plug it back into the wall, and run a standard drying cycle to verify that the reset worked. 

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The last time you threw a load of clothes into your Indesit dryer, they came out so hot that they burned your hands—or they came out and dripped water all over the floor.

Fortunately, you can use the reset switch inside the thermostat to get your clothes dryer back to its default temperature settings. This might fix any dryer that isn’t heating enough or is heating too much.

If you’ve tried a reset and your tumbler dryer still struggles to heat properly, you can consider some other basic checks, such as replacing the heating element, thermal fuse, and other components. Replacing the heater element may be especially relevant.

And as silly as it sounds, remember to clear out the lint filter and dryer vents! These can also contribute to overheating or underheating, yet we often forget this vital maintenance.

As always, don’t hesitate to call in an appliance expert for professional advice.