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Your Samsung front load dryer not heating? Read this repair guide and see if it will help you fix it..
Overall, Samsung Dryers have a reputation for reliability and long service.
But like most appliances, your dryer may fail once in a while (it can fail due to mishandling, lack of maintenance, electrical accidents, and more).
With that in mind, we shall at how to troubleshoot the issue of your Samsung front load dryer not heating in this Samsung dryer troubleshooting guide – of course, it won’t dry clothes without heat.
Read on and use the tips I will share below to repair your Samsung dryer if it’s not heating.
Let’s get started.
Samsung front load dryer not heating – what causes it and recommended fixes
Before we begin, let me mention that there are a number of reasons that can cause the problem and each has its own fix.
As you will see, some of these problems may lead to even your new Samsung dryer not heating.
It can be due to an electronic glitch
You see, a dryer being an electronic appliance may run into some kind of glitch, especially after a power outage.
If you suspect this to be the culprit, you will need to reset your dryer.
How to reset your Samsung dryer
This is pretty easy as all you need to do is unplug your dryer from the outlet and wait for some time so that the electrical charge clears out of the dryer – wait for around 5 minutes.
You then reconnect your dryer to the outlet and power it back on.
If this doesn’t solve your issue, you’ll need to perform additional troubleshooting.
Read on for more potential fixes.
You might have selected an incorrect cycle
Just like other brands, Samsung dryers have multiple cycles to enhance their functionality.
Now, with some of these cycles, temperature settings are normally altered to lower temperatures.
Case in point: You will need to check whether you have selected the Delicates cycle.
Well, because this cycle is designed to dry heat-sensitive clothes at low temperatures.
Therefore, if you have selected it, chances are your Samsung dryer will not heat to high enough temperatures.
Also, check your settings to see if the Eco Dry option is set to on.
You need to turn it off, if so for the simple reason that the Eco Dry option reduces the power consumption of some cycles(and one of the ways it achieves this is by beginning the cycle without using heat).
Side note: If you note that your new Samsung dryer is not heating, then it might have the Eco Dry option enabled as this setting is usually ON by default on new Samsung dryers with this feature- just turn it off.
You probably have a dirty/clogged lint filter and air vent
Next, you will need to check your air vent as a clogged air vent will typically lead to poor heating- remember that the air vent is key as it ensures proper air inflow and outflows.
To check this, first turn off power then unplug the air vent and check whether it has any lint.
If so, clean it well before reconnecting the vent pipe.
Side note: To avoid clogging the air vent often, regularly clean the lint filter.
The dryer could have a faulty thermal fuse
The thermal (cut-off) fuse is a sacrificial component commonly added to your Samsung dryer to protect the dryer from overheating.
Just to remind you, if the dryer overheats, the thermal fuse trips and blows.
And the problem is once the thermal fuse blows, there is no other way around other than to replace it.
To check if this is the cause of your problem, follow these steps:
- Unplug your drier and open up the rear panel.
- Using your owners manual, identify the thermal fuse and remove it.
- With your multimeter set to Rx1, test for continuity by touching the terminals with the probes.
Now, if you get any other reading other than 0 or infinity, then, your fuse is damaged and you will need to replace it. We recommend the OEM Samsung thermal cut-off fuse
Check if it has a faulty dryer heating element
If your issue is a Samsung electric dryer not heating, you should also check the heating element- the heating element generates the heat used by your electric dryer and it may become faulty due to years of use.
Now, to confirm if the heating element is bad, inspect it.
To do this, take apart your dryer and locate the heating element(you can refer to your owners manual).
Once there, begin by checking if the heating element is properly inserted. If not, insert it fully.
Next, if it’s rightly inserted, get a multimeter and test the heating element for continuity-Use the Rx1 setting for this test.
If you get a reading of infinity, then, you will need to get a genuine OEM Samsung replacement heating element
Check if the thermistor is functional
If your Samsung electric clothes dryer runs but cannot get hot, you may need to replace the thermistor.
This part routinely goes bad particularly if there’s an accumulation of debris/dirt on the sensor(or if you load excessively wet items).
Order the part and the good thing is replacing the component takes just about 30 minutes (it’s a really quick fix).
Samsung gas dryer not heating –How to troubleshoot a Samsung gas dryer that is not heating
Check if gas supply is off
This is a very common reason making Samsung gas dryers not to heat so start there.
Just to be clear, you want to check that the dryer is connected to gas supply and that it is turned on.
Check if the igniter is damaged
Additionally, if the igniter is faulty, it might make your gas dryer to not heat at all.
Follow the below steps to test your Samsung gas dryer igniter:
- Disconnect dryer from power source and gas source.
- Open the dryer’s lower access panel and locate the igniter–next to the gas valve burner tube.
- Carefully remove the igniter (it is very fragile so handle it with maximum care).
- Set your multimeter to the lowest resistance setting.
- Now, test your igniter for continuity-If you get a reading between 50 and 400 ohms, then your igniter is good. Otherwise, you may have to replace your igniter(Check out the genuine dryer igniter by Samsung).
- Put the dryer back together.
Check if the radiant flame sensor is faulty
Also called the radiant sensor, this part senses heat from the igniter(to open the gas valve) and the burner flame (to keep the valve open).
Now if this sensor is defective, either the igniter won’t glow or the gas valve will fail to open.
The thing is if the igniter is glowing and the gas valve isn’t opening, it could mean that the flame sensor is damaged and you could need a compatible replacement.
Now, below are steps on how you will test your dryer’s radiant flame sensor using a multimeter:
- Unplug your drier from the power outlet and disconnect it from the gas.
- Open the dryer’s lower access panel to locate the flame sensor which should be next to the igniter.
Note: if you are having trouble locating it, you can confirm from your service manual.
- With your multimeter set at Rx1, test the flame sensor by touching the probes to the terminals. If you get a reading of 0, then your sensor is good. Otherwise, your sensor is faulty and you should replace it.
Check if it has faulty coils
If your Samsung dryer initially gets warm then goes cold(no heat/no heating at all), it’s highly likely that the coils are bad.
You can use AP3094251/279834 coils since they are inexpensive and quite easy to find.
It’s worth mentioning that you might need to carry out some resistance checks on them though they will probably pass the test if it gets warm initially.
In a nutshell, just swap out the coils and check if that repairs it first.
Samsung front load dryer not heating – final words
As we have seen, your Samsung dryer may fail to heat due to several factors.
Now, most of these factors will result in your Samsung dryer not heating with no error code being displayed so your best bet is you go through the fixes one after the other and see if you will get it to start heating again.
Hope this helps..