Common Tumble Dryer Problems & Faults

Common Tumble Dryer Problems & Faults

There are many reasons why your tumble dryer may not be working correctly. On this page we're going to walk you through some of the most common tumble dryer problems faults to help you identify the possible cause of any issues. Some problems can be solved easily with a few tools, while others may require the work of a professional.

This is a simple guide to help you identify issues and we wouldn't advise carrying out any major repairs yourself. Below is a list of the most common problems that can occur with a tumble dryer.

Dryer won't start

If your dryer is refusing to start, the most likely issue is a problem with the door switch or plunger. This happens over time with general wear and tear, however, being particularly rough with the door can increase the likelihood of this problem occurring. If the plunger, which is mounted to the inside of the door, has fallen off or become damaged, it will need to be replaced.

If the plunger is fine, the issue is likely to be the door switch or the thermal fuse. Both of these steps require specialist tools and the opening up of the dryer, so we would recommend arranging a professional callout to inspect it.

Dryer isn't heating

If your dryer isn't generating heat but continues to tumble, there's likely a defect in the thermal fuse or cut out, which will need to be checked for continuity. If the thermal fuse is working, you may need to check the radiant sensor (on a gas dryer). If this sensor is defective, it will prevent the heating system from activating. If the sensor is working properly, you may have a problem with the gas valve coils.

If you have an electric dryer and the thermal fuse is working, you'll likely have a problem with the heater element. The fix this, the dryer will need to be taken apart and tested. We would always recommend that you seek professional assistance to do this.

Dryer is making excessive noise

If your dryer is making more noise than usual, it will generally be down to the drum's support rollers becoming worn out. It is advised that all rollers are replaced at once, even if some are still in reasonable condition. If the problem persists, it could be an issue with the tension roller and this should be replaced.

To ensure your tumble dryer is repaired correctly and safely we always recommend contacting a professional. Why not get a repair quote from Home Appliance Care and arrange a visit. If you've got other appliance problems, take a look at our other guides, including gas ovens, electric hobs, fridges, and freezers.