Samsung Dryer Not Heating Properly? Here’s What to Do

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Who would’ve thought that modern technology would allow you to dry your clothes in a closed tub with a lid. As it is with all appliances, they can break down at certain times if they are not maintained properly. 

With the Samsung line of dryers, issues like heating problems can leave you in a pickle when you are sitting with a load full of wet laundry. Some of the causes of this failure include blown thermal fuses, connectivity issues, thermostats. The most notable cause is the failure of the heating element (even though they come with a guarantee). 

The following Samsung dryer models are covered in this guide:

DV338AEB, DV330AEW, DV331AER, DV331AEW, DV337AEG, DV337AEL, DV337AER, DV337AEW, DV338AEW, DV339AEG, DV339AEL, DV339AER, DV339AES, DV339AEW, DV340AEG, DV340AER, DV350AEG, DV350AEP, DV350AER, DV350AEW, DV393ETPARA, DV393ETPAWR, DV395ETPARA, DV395ETPAWR, DV3C6BEW, DV405ETPASU, DV405ETPAWR, DV407AEW, DV409AER, DV409AEW, DV409SEL, DV410AER, DV410AEW, DV419AES, DV419AEU, DV419AEW, DV428AEL, DV428AEW, DV431AEP, DV431AEW, DV438AEL, DV438AER, DV448AEE, DV448AEP, DV448AEW, DV456EWHDWR, DV484ETHASU, DV484ETHAWR, DV501AEW, DV5451AEP, DV5451AEW, DV5471AEP, DV5471AEW, BED70B, BED70W, DV203AES, DV203AEW, DV206AES, DV206LEW, DV209AEW, DV210AES, DV210AEW, DV218AEB, DV218AES, DV218AEW, DV219AEB, DV219AEW, DV220AEW, DV221AEG, DV221AES,

Unloading Over-laden Laundry

You’ve just noticed that the last load of wet laundry you put in the dryer is still kind of wet and cold when it should have been completely dry and warm. This is the first indication of a heating issue where the machine is unable to blow ‘hot’ air around the drum to properly dry the clothes. One of the most common and easiest to fix problems is overloading. When you load your dryer over its maximum capacity, the hot air is able to circulate around the clothes, and the top level of the load will be still wet, or at least not completely dry. 

How do you fix it? Just take some clothes out of the dryer until you meet its capacity and then run it again, if it dries it up, don’t fill it up to the brim next time!

Look for Connectivity Issues

All appliances require a steady flow of electricity to function properly and operate at their full potential. One of the reasons that your dryer is not heating up properly might be because it’s not getting enough juice! Start off by inspecting the back of the machine and look for any physical damage. Electric fluctuation can also cause the heating element to not work to its full potential. Check the electric boards for shorts and electric leakages by plugging in another appliance and checking it. If the other appliance runs smoothly then move onto the next step.

Free Up the Ventilation

The Samsung dryer heating failure is often a result of blocked vents, the dryer vent in the machine is responsible for filtering out the hot-air of impurities and lint. To check the ventilation, inspect the ventilation hose around the back and use a brush or heavy-duty air blower to blow the ventilation hose clean! Next, check the lint-screen for blockages and clean it out. Finally, open up the housing panel and check for further blockages.

Inspect the Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse’s only duty is to stop your house from getting burned down, it’s certainly an important duty. If it is blown, it has done its job. Sometimes, the heating element can get excessively hot due to over-voltages and current spikes and the thermal fuse is in place to blow out electric connections when that happens. To inspect it, follow the steps:

  1. Disconnect the dryer from all electric sources
  2. Open up the fuse housing. It may be located behind the drum or simply be behind a panel, check your manual. 
  3. A blown fuse will not be physically or visibly ‘blown’, you will need a multimeter to check for continuity.
  4. Set the multimeter to check continuity and prong both ends of the fuse, if it doesn’t beep, your fuse is blown. Replace it.

Inspect the Thermostat

The thermostat’s main job is to stop the heating element from getting too hot. If your fuse was blown there is a good chance that your thermostat isn’t working either. If the fuse was fine, the thermostat may still be functioning but not to the point of blowing fuses! Open up the thermostat housing (locate it by checking your manual) and test the continuity with a multimeter if it doesn’t beep or shows lesser continuity. Replace it.

Inspect the Heating Element

The heating element is the last thing to check because it rarely breaks down! Follow these simple steps to see if the issue is with your heating element. 

  1. Make sure your appliance is turned off and plugged out from electric outlets.
  2. Check your manual to locate the coil housing (coil is referred as the heating element) 
  3. Open up the housing and remove the coil frame (it’s there to protect the coil from obstructions and shorts.) 
  4. Check for visible breakage; if you find one, have it replaced if you don’t have any technical expertise or knowledge. You might hurt yourself in the process.
  5. Close up the housing and check again with a load of wet laundry (make sure not to fill it up to the brim) 

Most Samsung appliances have a good reputation for being products that have a long life, but sometimes life happens, and they get damaged and have issues, such as a heating problem. 

You should always begin with the easiest method to check things before moving on to grabbing a screwdriver and opening things up, only if you need to! This way, you will save time and effort. You might just be able to take the excessive laundry out and find that it has fixed the issue.

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