A dryer is a home appliance that is regularly utilized. Unfortunately, so much of our daily life relies on it that the laundry starts to pile up immediately if your dryer can’t heat.
In a Samsung dryer, cold air and taking too long to dry can indicate a vent blockage, moisture sensor malfunction, blown thermal fuse, broken heating element, and electrical problems with the circuit board.
Follow these guidelines to figure out and fix the problem yourself. We will address how to repair a Samsung dryer not drying due to a clogged vent, a malfunctioning heating element, or a temperature control malfunction, as well as related difficulties.
Signs of a Samsung Dryer Not Working as it Should
Samsung dryer not heating and taking an excessive amount of time to dry clothes, even though it is turned on and running a cycle? The following signs and symptoms are likely to take place themselves:
There is no proper heat in the dryer.
The drum of the dryer is not rotating.
There is a burning smell coming from the load in the dryer.
Operational noises that are out of control.
Wet clothes or smelly feel to them.
If a mechanical fault is causing your Samsung dryer to malfunction, the dryer will display an error code.
To diagnose and fix a dryer not heating, you must first go to the guidebook or Samsung help center. This can help you see more clearly what kind of a problem you’re dealing with and whether you need to turn to a professional technician.
Fortunately, common drying problems have a home solution for you. So let’s get into it!
Causes and Fixes for a Samsung Dryer Not Heating
Suppose you notice that the Samsung dryer is not drying clothes and only gets wet. Then there is a good chance that the vent line and lint filters are blocked. In that case, your clothes will not dry. So make it a habit to start the dryer and clean the clothes.
To illustrate this, let’s say that the Samsung dryer is running, but would not heat, indicating that there is a problem with its proper heating element. In most cases, the heating element cycle becomes faulty because the appliance is overheated.
This type of problem is most frequently seen in modern dryers. The vent can be blocked, the fuse could be destroyed, wires may be faulty, or an inappropriate power/voltage supply.
Let’s explore what could be wrong and how to fix it:
Clogged Dryer Vent
A moist airflow exits the dryer and goes outside as part of the venting system on the Samsung model. Therefore, heat troubles may occur if a clogged vent line is present.
The vent may become clogged as a result of long usage. In addition, airways may become blocked by small particles on clothing, which may be caught in the lint filter or vent.
Fixing the Clogged Dryer Vent
When dirt and debris still pass into the air vents, air can get trapped and unable to pass over clothing to remove moisture.
Much of the excess moisture will collect in the dryer drum, and if the machine won’t work, it’s because the moisture cannot escape. Try cleaning the lint filter, as built-up lint could be keeping moisture from escaping. It is a good idea to clean the lint filter after every cycle to prevent debris from accumulating.
We also recommend you clean your dryer drum at least twice per year to avoid these difficulties. You can watch this video for your guideline.
An overloaded dryer might force damp laundry to the top of the drum. Clothes will remain moist once the dryer reaches its maximum capacity because the hot air can’t circulate efficiently.
So, it is important to repair the Samsung dryer if you encounter this issue.
Fixing Overloading Issues
Every appliance has a maximum capacity and a high limit. Refer to the user handbook for your Samsung dryer capacity.
If you don’t have a user manual, we strongly recommend filling the Samsung dryer with no more than 75% full capacity. For the hot air to circulate efficiently in the machine, it’s necessary to leave room for it to flow.
Instead of drying several large loads at once, split out the larger loads into two smaller loads to lessen drying time. This will also extend the life of the dryer. As a bonus, dryer issues like odors can also be fixed by doing this.
Burned Heating Element
Previously, we explained that an out-of-tune heating element can be the reason why a Samsung dryer not heating properly.
Most importantly, the heating element ensures that the dryer heats up enough to dry garments effectively. Heating the air inside the electric coil with heat generated by the metal coil is standard in electric dryers.
However, if the heating element breaks down for some reason, the dryer will not continue to operate and will only keep the clothes wet. Sometimes the heating element breaks because of power surges or lack of appropriate airflow.
Careless use of dryers, ventilation lines, and lint filters can also speed up the heating element’s breakdown.
Fixing a Burnt Heating Element
It is critical to ensure that no further damage is done to the vent system. Cleaning the system periodically and checking the heating element frequently will allow you to identify and stop a potential issue before it becomes severe, thereby preventing the Samsung dryer from having heating problems.
To find the Samsung dryer heating element, you can refer to the user handbook. First, you need to disconnect the dryer from its electric power to avoid physical risks. Then, verify if the heating element is intact.
Continuity can be tested with a multimeter. Put in mind that it is better to replace a multimeter that fails the continuity test than to fix a broken one. If you wish to replace it, you might want to call for an appliance repair service to fix your Samsung dryer’s heating element for you.
Blown Thermal Fuse
If all is well with the heating element and air flow, then perhaps it’s time to check the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse trips and protects the dryer if it starts to overheat, such as during power surges. The fuse is a fail-safe if the dryer doesn’t stop heating on its own.
Repairing Blown Up Thermal Fuse
Strangely enough, if the thermal fuse blows the dryer won’t be overheating – it won’t be heating at all.
The thermal fuse must be checked with a multimeter, which you can use to verify if the fuse is receiving electricity. If the thermal fuse fails the test, then it needs to be replaced.
To get to the thermal fuse, you must unplug the panel on the back of the Samsung dryer. Next, search for the fuse, which is most commonly located near the blower or heating element. If you want to run a continuity test, a multimeter will help. However, if your fuse fails after being tested, your fuse must be replaced.
Broken Moisture Sensor
When the clothes are completely dry, the moisture sensor in your Samsung dryer detects this and stops the cycle before the specified time. These sensors, however, are usually found near the lint filter. This may become clogged with lint or dryer sheet residue. When this occurs, the moisture sensors will stop working correctly, resulting in inaccurate drying times.
Repairing a broken Moisture Sensor
Try cleaning the moisture sensors with a delicate wet cloth and a dab of liquid soap before consulting an expensive repair service. This should be done regularly to ensure that your moisture sensor is working properly. If this does not resolve the problem, your moisture sensor bars may need to be replaced.
Broken Control Board
The main control board is the ‘brain’ of almost every household device. Even in your Samsung dryer, the control board coordinates and regulates all of the appliance’s activities, including its heat-generating capability. The heating relay component on the board can fail, even if the remainder of the board is working well, preventing your dryer from functioning properly.
Fixing a Broken Control Board
It is possible to repair only the broken heating relay. You might be able to find a service provider on a website or related posts that will help you fix your problem.
The easiest option, however, is to replace the control board in its entirety. A Samsung dryer mainboard is generally hidden underneath the control panel. Replace the old board and the screws and connections in the same manner as the original.
As frustrating as it can be when your Samsung dryer, well, doesn’t dry like it should, you can rest easy knowing that the fix doesn’t have to be time-consuming and expensive. Sometimes it’s just as simple as changing our habits – and when it’s not, there are many available resources out there to guide us!