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  • How often do I need to clean my dryer or the lint screen/filter?

    It’s important to clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of laundry. Excessive lint buildup can block the flow of air, cause overheating, and result in a fire in some dryers. To help prevent fires:

    • Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of laundry.
    • Regularly inspect and clean the outdoor exhaust opening. 
    • At least every 18 months have an authorized service technician clean inside the dryer cabinet, especially between the drum and cabinet, the lint screen housing, and exhaust duct, where lint can build up.
    • Replace flexible plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or semi-rigid metal duct. 
    • Don't dry items that have been previoulsy cleaned in or soaked in solvents, or other flammable solvents. 

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  • Where can I find my dryer’s model and serial number?

    The dryer serial plate is located on the door of the dryer and can be seen when the door is opened. It’s always a good idea to record these numbers and the date of purchase, as well as to save your receipt.

  • What should I do if my dryer does not start?

    If your dryer does not start, it might be due to one of the following reasons:

    • The start button needs to be pushed or turned for long enough to engage. Push or turn the Start button and hold it for two seconds.
    • The cycle selector knob is not quite at the start position. To be sure it’s correctly positioned, simply turn the knob until the indicator is a little further into the cycle.
    • The dryer door is open. The door must be completely closed for the dryer to run.
    • The power cord may not be plugged in, or the connection may be loose. Check to be sure the plug fits tightly into the wall outlet. Note: Do not use an extension cord.
    • A fuse is blown in your home, or a circuit breaker tripped. If this is the case, reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse (but do not increase the fuse capacity). If you have an overloaded circuit, contact a qualified electrician to correct it.
    • A power outage has occurred. In this case, you might want to call your local electric company.

  • What should I do if my dryer stops operating?

    If your dryer isn’t operating, it might be because:

    • The motor is overheated. Overloading the dryer can cause its motor to overheat. If this is the case, allow the motor to cool down for 30 minutes. You might need to reduce the size of the load—the average washer load will fill the dryer drum 1/3 to 1/2 full. If letting the motor cool down and reducing the load size does not resolve the issue, contact your authorized service provider.
    • The thermal limiter switch is activated. On electric dryers, a thermal limiter switch automatically turns off the motor in the unlikely event of an overheated situation. If this is the case, you’ll need to contact a service provider to replace the thermal limiter switch.

  • My dryer takes a long time to dry a load of clothes. Can I do anything about this?

    If your dryer seems to be taking too long to dry your load, check the following

    • Clean the lint screen after every use. You can also periodically wash the lint screen in warm, soapy water to remove any residue, then dry it thoroughly before replacing. Note: Do not operate the dryer without the lint screen in place, as this could damage it.
    • Check the cycle or temperature setting. If the Air Fluff cycle or temperature is selected, the dryer will tumble without heat. Generally you’ll want to select low or medium heat, and the Normal Dry setting. Select More Dry for loads requiring more time. A medium or low heat setting is safe for permanent press, delicate, and knit items, but will require longer drying periods.
    • Clean the exhaust duct. Be sure the exhaust duct is not clogged. If the problem persists, consider having it cleaned by a qualified service provider. Note: To avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, never operate a gas dryer without an exhaust duct that vents outdoors.
    • Check the placement of the exhaust duct. Refer to the installation instructions for the appropriate length, number of bends, and other specifications. Important: Do not use plastic flexible duct or metal foil duct.
    • Check the size of the exhaust duct. Be sure to use an exhaust duct that is large enough—the minimum required diameter is 4 inches.
    • Be sure the exhaust hood isn’t blocked. Use an approved vent hood with a swing-out damper that opens when the dryer is in operation and closes automatically when the dryer stops. Do not attach a screen over the vent hood opening, and maintain a minimum clearance of 12 inches between the bottom of the vent hood and the ground.
    • Check for adequate ventilation. If your dryer is installed in a closet or under a counter, it might not be getting the ventilation needed for proper drying.
    • Be sure you’re connected to a 240 volt circuit. An electric dryer that is connected to a 208 volt circuit will require 20% more drying time.
    • Dry a load that’s not too big or too small. If your dryer is overloaded or too empty, it will take longer to dry your clothes. Items need room to tumble freely in order to dry well, and you also need enough items in the drum for proper tumbling.
    • Sort the items you’re drying. Dry items of similar fabric and weight in the same load.
    • Take humidity into account. Drying times will be longer in areas where humidity is high. You can use a dehumidifier near the dryer if needed.
    • Check the dryer’s moisture sensor bars. To locate the moisture sensor bars, please refer to the Use and Care Manual.


    Fabric softener sheets can leave a residue on the moisture sensor bars in the dryer, which can inhibit their ability to accurately sense wet clothes. Remove the residue by wiping the moisture sensor bars with rubbing alcohol.

  • My dryer is running, but does not seem to be heating. What should I do?

    There are two house circuits or fuses in an electric dryer's circuit. If one of these is tripped or blown, the drum may turn but the heater will not operate and you’ll need to reset the circuit breaker or replace the house fuse. 

    Additionally, you can check the following:

    • Cycle or temperature setting. Check the cycle selector—if the Air Fluff cycle or temperature is selected, the dryer will tumble without heat.
    • Outlet wiring. Have a qualified electrician verify that the voltage being supplied is correct at 240v.
    • Gas supply valve. Be sure the gas supply valve to a gas dryer is open. (See Installation Instructions for details.)
    • Gas supply tank. If you have a gas dryer and your LP gas tank is empty, refill or replace the tank. If there has been an interruption in the natural gas supply, call your natural gas company.
    • Air supply around a gas dryer. The dryer needs space around it for proper ventilation to support the gas burner. Do not stack or place laundry or rugs against the front or back of the dryer. To install a dryer in a closet or alcove, please refer to the Installation Instructions.

  • The dryer’s cycle selector knob does not appear to advance during the cycle. Is this normal?

    Yes, this is normal. At the beginning of an Auto Dry cycle, it might appear that the cycle selector knob is not advancing. However, as the cycle continues and the load dries, the knob will advance faster.

  • If my dryer is making rattling or clanking sounds, what should I check?

    The rattling or clanking sound in your dryer might be caused by foreign objects in the drum (such as coins or safety pins). Stop the dryer and check for any objects. 

    These sounds can also be caused by belt buckles or other metal fasteners on items in the load. Fastening any buckles or similar items and turning garments inside out will help to reduce the sound and protect the dryer’s drum.

    Finally, check that your dryer is in a level position and is sitting evenly on all sides—from front to back, and side to side.

  • Can I do anything to help decrease wrinkles in permanent press items?

    For best results when drying permanent press items, follow these steps: 

    • Load the drum so that it’s 1/3 to 1/2 full. To decrease wrinkling, clothes need room to tumble freely.
    • Select the appropriate cycle setting and temperature. Use the Permanent Press cycle and follow fabric care labels for proper temperature setting. Generally you’ll want to select low or medium heat, and the Normal Dry setting. Select More Dry for loads requiring more time, and Less Dry if you want the load to be damp dry for ironing. Additionally, some dryer models offer the Press Saver feature, which is an extended Cool Down with periodic signals to remind you to remove the load.
    • Remove items from the dryer when the cycle is done. As soon as the cycle is complete, hang or fold your items. To remove wrinkles from clean, dry clothes, select the Refresher cycle (available on some models) or tumble on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Clean the lint screen after every use.
    • Add a fabric softener sheet to the load.

  • My clothes seem to be over-dried. How can I prevent this?

    To prevent over-drying of clothes, simply be sure to select the appropriate cycle and temperature setting. Try using the Auto Dry cycle instead of a Timed Dry cycle, and follow care instructions on the fabric labels.

  • What can cause greasy marks on items that have been dried?

    Sometimes fabric softener sheets added to the dryer can cause a greasy mark on fabrics. For best results, follow these suggestions when using fabric softener sheets:

    • Place the fabric softener sheet on top of the load at the start of the cycle.
    • Do not add a softener sheet to a warm load.
    • Discard the softener sheet after each cycle.
    • Do not use fabric softener on children's sleepwear or other garments labeled flame resistant—it may reduce flame resistance.


    To remove any fabric softener stains, rub them with bar soap and rewash them in warm water.