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Fuses are simple but essential parts and the most common cause of a malfunctioning appliance. A blown fuse will make your dryer stop working altogether.

If your dryer suddenly stops working, the fuse is one of the first things to check. But how do you go about checking it?

How to Determine if Your Dryer Fuse is Blown

If your dryer won’t turn on or shuts off during the drying cycle, the problem could be a blown fuse. The fuse is a safety feature that prevents heat from high voltage wires from reaching and damaging the dryer’s components.

Troubleshooting a Dryer Fuse

If the fuse blows when you’re using the dryer, it’s probably safe to assume that the problem lies in the dryer itself. 

A blown fuse often indicates a short in your circuit board or wiring, or a problem with your appliance’s thermostat setting or temperature sensor adjustment.

If you’re not sure whether your fuse is blown or if it’s something else, check your owner’s manual for diagnostic tests to run on your dryer.

Types of Dryer Fuses

Check your owner’s manual for information and instructions specific to your dryer. 

Below are general suggestions on how to locate a blown fuse: 

A typical dryer has three fuses: a high-temperature fuse, a cycle timer, and a low-temperature fuse. The high-temperature fuse is the one most likely to blow. It protects the heating element and starts at 240 degrees Fahrenheit. If your dryer doesn’t heat, check this first.

Troubleshoot the heating element first and replace it if necessary. If that’s not the problem, check for a blown fuse. Remove the back panel of your dryer and locate the fuses. They are usually two red wires with black connectors in a row of several other red wires with black connectors. Use needle-nose pliers to pull out each fuse, one by one, until you find the blown fuse. 

If you need help finding your dryer’s fuses or replacing them after you’ve found the blown fuse, look in your owner’s manual for instructions or contact an appliance technician.

Replacing a Blown Fuse

Fuses are relatively easy to replace, but first you need to know where to find them. In most dryers, they’re in the control panel or in the main electrical panel that connects to the dryer. The type of fuse varies from model to model, but they’re usually located in one of these two locations.

Check your owner’s manual for information and instructions specific to your dryer. 

Generally, speaking, the replacement procedure is simple. Unplug your dryer and remove the fuse. It will only go back in one way, so don’t force it. The new fuse should match the old one as closely as possible. Turn on the circuit breaker or flip the switch that supplies power to your dryer, plug the dryer back in, and start it up again. 

If everything looks good and your clothes are still not drying properly, there may be another problem like a bad door switch or thermostat that a qualified technician must replace.

Dryer Still Not Working? Call Appliance Repair 512 

If you’re still experiencing problems with your dryer, Appliance Repair 512 can help. 

Our experienced technicians can inspect your dryer and diagnose the problem. We’ll give you an estimate before doing any repairs so you can decide how you wish to proceed. 

Appliance Repair 512 offers professional, affordable dryer repair in Austin. Call (512) 351-7624 or contact us today to schedule service. We look forward to helping you get your dryer back to working order.

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