First try the solutions suggested here and possibly avoid
the cost of a service call...
Clothes are not drying satisfactorily
Check the following:
Is the lint screen clogged with lint?
Is the exhaust vent or outside exhaust hood clogged with lint,
restricting air movement? Run the dryer for 5-10 minutes.
Hold your hand under the outside exhaust hood to check air
movement. If you do not feel air movement, clean exhaust
system of lint or replace exhaust vent with heavy metal or
flexible metal vent. See your Installation Instructions.
Is the exhaust vent crushed or kinked? Replace with heavy
metal or flexible metal vent. See your Installation Instructions.
Has a fuse blown, or a circuit breaker tripped? Electric dryers
use 2 household fuses or breakers. The drum may be turning
but you may not have heat.
Has an air dry cycle been selected? Select the right cycle for
the types of garments being dried. See "Drying, Cycle and
For gas dryers, is the valve open on the supply line?
Are fabric softener sheets blocking the grill? Use only one
fabric softener sheet and only use it once.
Is the dryer located in a room with temperature below
Proper operation of dryer cycles requires temperatures above
Was a cold rinse water used? Was the load very wet?
Expect longer drying times with items rinsed in cold water
and with items that hold moisture (cottons).
Is the load too large and heavy to dry quickly?
Separate the load to tumble freely.
Dryer will not run
Check the following:
Is the power cord plugged in?
Has a fuse blown, or has a circuit breaker tripped?
Was a regular fuse used? Use a time-delay fuse.
Is the dryer door firmly closed?
Was the START button firmly pressed?
Is a cycle selected?
Has the dryer had a period of non-use?
If the dryer hasn't been used for a while, there may be a
thumping sound during the first few minutes of operation.
Is it a gas dryer?
The gas valve clicking is a normal operating sound.
Lint on load
Is the lint screen clogged?
Clean lint screen. Check for air movement.
Is load properly sorted?
Sort lint givers (towels, chenille) from lint takers (corduroy,
synthetics). Also sort by color.
Is the load too big or too heavy?
Dry smaller loads so lint can be carried to the lint screen.
Was the load overdried?
Use correct dryer settings for load type. Overdrying can
cause lint-attracting static electricity. See "Drying, Cycle and
Was paper or tissue left in pockets?
Is pilling being mistaken for lint?
Pilling (surface fuzz) is caused by normal wear and
Stains on load or color change
Was dryer fabric softener properly used?
Add dryer fabric softener sheets at the beginning of the cycle.
Do not add fabric softener sheets to a warm load.
Were items soiled when placed in the dryer?
Items should be clean before being dried.
Were items properly sorted?
Sort light colors from dark colors. Sort colorfast items from
Was the dryer overloaded?
Dry smaller loads that can tumble freely.
Did the load overdry?
Check the manufacturer's care label. Match dryer setting to
load type. See "Drying, Cycle and Temperature Tips."