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Common Tumble Dryer Faults Published 12/03/2007

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Fault Diagnosis

Click on your specific tumble dryer fault to see causes and solutions.

 


No functions

  • No power to appliance
    Check mains lead, plug fuse and wiring, and mains outlet. 
  • Door switch faulty
    Verify nothing is blocking the door catch. If not, replace the faulty door switch. 
  • Timer switch faulty
    Reset timer and try again. If the symptoms persist, replace the faulty timer switch, or contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Delay timer faulty
    If a delay timer is fitted, check that it has not been reset. If the symptoms persist, replace the faulty delay timer, or contact a qualified repairer. 

 


Timer turns, but no drum rotation

  • Drum motor faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Drum belt snapped
    Contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Timer switch faulty
    Reset timer and try again. If the symptoms persist, replace the faulty timer switch, or contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Reversing timer faulty (if fitted)
    Reset timer and try again. If the symptoms persist, contact a qualified repairer. 

 


Clothes not drying, but drum and timer both turn

  • Thermostat faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Heating element faulty
    If there is some heat when a high setting is selected, the element may be faulty. Replace the faulty element or contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Thermal cut-out fuse operated
    Wait 15 minutes and try again. If the symptom persists, replace thermal fuse if accessible. Otherwise, contact a qualified repairer. 

 


Clothes slow to dry

  • Heating element faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Heat control switch faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Restricted air flow
    Clean the lint filter and check the vent pipe. 
  • Machine overloaded
    Consult your manufacturer's instructions for correct loads. 
  • Over-wet clothes
    Make sure clothes are spun dry before tumble drying. 
  • Thermostat faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer. 

 


Clothes overheat or burn

  • Thermostat faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer.  
  • Thermal cut-out faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer.  

 


Clothes tangled or creased

  • Reversing timer faulty
    Turn the machine off and on again. If symptom persists, replace faulty timer or contact a qualified repairer. 
  • Timer switch faulty
    Reset timer and try again. If symptom persists, replace faulty timer or contact a qualified repairer. 

 


No delay operation (if fitted)

  • Delay timer faulty
    Contact a qualified repairer.  

 


Odours

 


Noisy operation

  • Object in drum
    Open and remove object. 
  • Worn bearings
    Contact a qualified repairer.

 


Dryer runs with door open

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