Why Whirlpool Dryer Not Starting?

Sep 29, 2022 0 comments

Is your Whirlpool dryer not starting? Don't panic! If you have this problem with your dryer, you should know some tips that can help you. And you can bet that you’re in the right place.We’ve rounded up a few steps to take when troubleshooting your dryer without calling a dryer repair technician.


Why Your Whirlpool Dryer Is Not Starting?


If your Whirlpool dryer won't start, it could be due to a few different issues:

1. Power Supply Issue                               
2. Dryer Door Not Latched Properly                 
3. Faulty Motor
4. Defective Dryer Start Switch
5. Blown Thermal Fuse
6. Problem With The Dryer's Settings

Thankfully, you can solve most of these problems by yourself without the need for a dryer repair professional.


How To Troubleshoot A Whirlpool Dryer That Won't Start?

#1.  Power Supply Issue

Whirlpool Dryer machine troubleshooting should begin with a power assessment. If the dryer doesn’t have sufficient electrical power, it won’t be able to start or perform any other function. If none of the buttons on the control panel are illuminated, the dryer likely doesn’t have power.

Here’s how to troubleshoot power issues for a dryer not starting:

     • Make sure the dryer is plugged in properly: Check the dryer’s electrical cord to make sure it’s free of damage and correctly plugged into a functioning outlet.
     • Avoid extension cords: These cords can’t safely conduct the voltage a dryer requires, resulting in overheating that can shut down function.
     • Check for tripped breakers: Look for tripped breakers in your home’s circuit breaker box and reset them if needed. Electric dryers utilize two breakers while gas dryers use one.


#2. Dryer Door Not Latched Properly

After loading the dryer, make sure you close the door completely to engage the door latch. This latch secures the door during drying and activates the door switch to begin a drying cycle. If the latch isn’t engaged, it won’t activate the door switch and your Whirlpool dryer won’t start.

If the door is properly closed and the dryer still won’t start, check the latch for mechanical or electrical failure. 

Additionally, If you hear a "click" from the dryer door when trying to start the dryer, then the door switch likely isn't defective as the click indicates it is engaging as it should. If there is no click, the door switch needs to be replaced. 

#3. Faulty Motor

A motor is arguably the most critical part of the dryer. The drive motor ensures the drum turns and the blower wheel moves air. Checking the motor would be a last-ditch attempt after troubleshooting all the other options, such as the door switch, start switch, and thermal fuse. Before replacing the full motor, ensure nothing is obstructing the motor's blower wheel. If all options are exhausted, replace the motor to resolve the issue.

Are you worried about keeping the stiffness out of your towels since you're going to have to hang-dry them until you can get the dryer fixed?


#4. Defective Dryer Start Switch

It’s not that hard to know if the start button is the reason why your Whirlpool dryer won’t start. Usually, when you push this button, you’ll hear a humming sound coming from the dryer. If this happens, then the start button is in its perfect shape.

Otherwise, you have to replace it. That is if the power is on, but it isn’t responding to the start command.

A multimeter will help you determine if the start button is faulty. You can use this device to test for sure if there’s electricity to the start button. Confirming lack of electricity tells you that the start button is faulty and needs replacement.



#5. Blown Thermal Fuse

A thermal fuse helps protect your dryer from getting damaged due to high temperatures that could cause overheating. This device will sense if the temperatures get too high for your normal loads, triggering your dryer to shut.
This happening means that the thermal fuse has blown and needs replacement. A multimeter device comes in handy here too. It will help you determine whether this device is functioning or not.

You need to access the dryer’s thermal fuse to know for sure. First, make sure the dryer isn’t plugged into power. Then, remove the back lid to see the thermal fuse. Once you confirm it’s blown from using your multimeter device, you can unscrew to remove and screw a new one to its place.

Any home appliance part dealer should have this component available in their stores. Remember, you can always hire a specialist for the job. This way, you have the peace of mind that everything will turn out well.

#6. Problem With The Dryer's Settings

The dryer’s control knob must always be on the automatic cycle to dry your wet clothes in a normal drying situation. However, you can include a few other setting options, such as timer and wrinkle reduction for effective drying.

The Whirlpool has a control lock/unlock button that might be engaged as well. Find the lock button on the control panel and hold it down for at least three seconds to release the lock. When this function is operating, the dryer will not start, and options can't be changed on the control panel.




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