Troubleshoot your dryer's problem before your laundry pile reaches the ceiling.

How to Troubleshoot a Frigidaire Dryer Not Blowing Hot Air

by Cecilia Harsch

Dirty laundry and raising a family go hand-in-hand, though it may seem as if younger children generate more dirty laundry than adults. Whether you clean your family’s clothes in a single day or you constantly have a load in the wash and one in the dryer, if your Frigidaire dryer stops blowing hot air, laundering activities grind to a halt. But with a few quick tips, you can troubleshoot the dryer and determine the cause of the problem. Sometimes you can even repair the dryer yourself without the help of a service technician.

1 Check the circuit breaker for the dryer inside the electrical service panel for your home. An electric dryer typically requires a double-pole breaker. When one side of the breaker trips, the remaining side powers everything except the heating element. By resetting the breaker, you can restore the heat to the appliance. For gas dryers, ensure the gas supply is in the “On” position. Without gas, the dryer cannot produce heat.

2 Remove the lint screen from the dryer. Insert a dryer vent brush into the lint screen opening to remove any lint that was not trapped by the lint screen. Failure to clean the lint from the screen on a regular basis can reduce the heat in the dryer.

3 Unplug the dryer and pull it from the wall to access the dryer exhaust and the vent attached to it. Use a screwdriver or pliers to loosen the dryer vent hose clamp and slide the vent hose from the exhaust vent. Insert the vent brush into the exhaust opening to clean any lint not trapped by the lint screen. Clean the vent hose and the exhaust vent that extends through the exterior wall of your home as well. Built-up lint in these areas can reduce the Frigidaire heat. Make sure no kinks exist in the dryer vent hose when you reconnect it to the exhaust vent.

4 Check the cycle selector on the Frigidaire dryer to ensure you have not selected the “Air-Dry” setting. This setting only allows unheated air to blow through the dryer drum.

5 Inspect the electric dryer heating element on the back wall of the cabinet. Look for any broken or damaged coils. One broken or damaged coil can keep the element from heating. Check the ignitor inside the burner assembly. Replace it if it appears charred or broken.

6 Replace the thermostat, temperature or thermal fuses as needed. Without appliance repair experience, contact a repair technician to test these elements. Have the technician also test the flame sensor and the gas valve solenoids on gas dryers for functionality. All of these items act as safety devices to keep the dryer from producing heat if one of them has failed.

Items you will need

  • Dryer vent brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers

Warnings

  • Make certain you remove lint from the dryer before or after each use. Excess lint buildup in the vent and exhaust tube can lead to a household fire.
  • If you replace any elements inside the dryer, make certain it is unplugged before you begin work.

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