Samsung Dryer Says Cooling – Causes + Solutions

Sometimes, your Samsung dryer will display a “cooling” message. What does it mean, and what can you do to solve it?

Samsung dryer says cooling

When your Samsung dryer says “cooling,” it may be due to a faulty power supply, clogged air vent or dirty lint filter, issues with the internal wiring, or a burnt-out fuse. Some solutions to this include cleaning out the air vents and lint filter and replacing a burnt-out fuse.

In this article, I’ll discuss common reasons your Samsung dryer says “cooling.” I’ll also provide solutions to help you fix these minor issues without breaking your bank.

1. Air Vent or Lint Filter Is Clogged or Dirty

The dryer’s air vent often gets clogged by dirt or tiny particles which accumulate over time along the passageways. This buildup restricts the airflow through the dryer. 

air vent or lint filter is clogged or dirty

Similarly, when the lint filter is dirty, it prevents air from escaping the dryer. 

Both issues can cause your Samsung dryer to display the “cooling” message. 

How To Fix

If your Samsung dryer’s air vent is blocked, here’s how to fix it:

  1. Turn off the dryer. Make sure the dryer has no electrical power whatsoever before you perform any further repairs. 
  2. Check the air vent and ensure it’s tightly fitted and secured. Also, check for any leakages where dirt can pass through, as well as any debris blocking the airways.
  3. Clean the dirty airways. You can use a damp (but not soaking wet) cloth for this purpose. 

If the problem is from the lint filter, all you have to do is take it out and properly clean it.

Either way, you need to clean the air vent and lint filter regularly. You should clean them weekly or once a month to prevent the accumulation of debris and future issues.

In case you’re unsure where the air vent is and how to clean it, I suggest checking out this user guide

2. Internal Wiring Issues

If your clothing isn’t drying well enough or isn’t drying at all, your dryer may have faulty internal wiring. This can be due to:

  • A damaged heating element
  • A faulty or broken thermostat 
  • A lost or faulty wire connection 

The cycling thermostat regulates the temperature inside the dryer by switching the heating element on and off as needed. The heating element heats the air inside the dryer’s drum, thereby drying your clothes. 

When the thermostat is damaged, it can’t sense the temperature difference inside the dryer or regulate it, causing the “cooling” message to appear. 

How To Fix

If you want to check whether your dryer’s wiring is causing your appliance to display the “cooling” message, here’s what you do. 

  1. Unplug the fuse for your safety.
  2. With a multimeter, check the cycling thermostat for any issues. If the thermostat has issues, you need to replace it.
  3. If the cycling thermostat is okay, check the heating element. You can also use an ohmmeter for this purpose. 
  4. Check for faulty wire connections or any stray wire peeping out. Make sure to take all necessary precautions while doing this. Keep your hands as dry as possible, wear rubber gloves, and turn off the power supply to the dryer. 

3. Burnt-Out Thermal Fuse

Another reason your Samsung dryer may be “cooling” may be a burnt thermal fuse. Its exact location will depend on the model of your Samsung dryer, but it’s usually close to the blower’s heating element. 

The thermal fuse works as a safety net to prevent fire outbreaks in dryers. Specifically, it trips off the machine when the dryer reaches a specified temperature. If it’s defective, your Samsung dryer won’t be able to dry properly.

I should also note that a burnt-out fuse can be a fire hazard, so if this is the issue, you need to fix it ASAP. 

In case you’re wondering why your Samsung dryer isn’t heating up, you can also read this article

burnt-out thermal fuse

How To Fix

If your dryer’s thermal fuse is burnt, the only fix is to replace it. 

To prevent your thermal fuse from burning out: 

  1. Regularly clean your air vents to allow the free passage of heat in your Samsung dryer.
  2. Check your dryer for lines wrapped around the blower.

Related Post: Why Is My Samsung Dryer Not Heating Up?

4. Faulty Control Board

The control board coordinates all of your Samsung dryer’s functions. In fact, you can even call it the “heart” of your appliance.

Essentially, the control board acts as a “communicator” between the internal components of the dryer and other parts like the heating element, motor, thermostat, etc. It also controls the cycles and timer. 

When the control board is faulty, it can cause power supply issues or the “cooling” message to show up.

How To Fix

To fix your dryer’s faulty control board:

  1. Confirm that the fault is from the control board. If the control board is faulty, the only solution is to get a new one.
  2. If the damage isn’t from the control panel, check the connection to your power switch.

You can watch this video by Repair Clinic on how to change your control board:

How To Turn off Cooling on Samsung Dryer

Unfortunately, there’s no way to directly turn off the cooling message on your Samsung dryer. The best you can do is allow your dryer to cool down before reusing it. Disconnect your dryer from the mains and let it rest for at least an hour.  

If you don’t do the above, you’ll risk overheating the machine and a much worse problem than a malfunctioning dryer. 

After an hour, you can turn your Samsung dryer back on. Your machine should function normally by then.

However, if you’ve tried all of these solutions and your Samsung dryer is still showing “cooling,” it may be time to call a qualified technician. 


There are a few reasons your Samsung dryer may be showing “cooling.” It can be as simple as a clogged air vent or lint filter or as complex as a faulty control board. You can fix most of the issues yourself, but a few may require professional assistance.