Electric Dryer Runs, But Does Not Heat

If your electric dryer runs but will not heat there are a few things you can check before scheduling service.

To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug this appliance from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning

If the electric dryer runs but does not heat, check the following:

  • The dryer should be on a separate 208V/240V electrical outlet.
  • An electric dryer may run with a partial voltage of 110 volts, but it will not heat unless it has 208/240V, 30 amps. The circuit breaker could have partially tripped, even if it does not look as though it has. Turn off the breaker to the dryer and turn it back on to restore full power.
  • Check the circuit breaker/fuses. The dryer requires a 30 amp dual breaker or two 30 amp fuses.
  • Make sure you have the right timer selection, fabric setting, and temperature selection. The timer should be set to dry and not fluff or cool down. Move timer pointer to mid-range selection.
  • Make sure front of dryer is not blocked; air flow is needed to dry.
  • Check the power cord. The power cord may have a burned, broken, or loose connection at the back of the dryer.

The power cord of the dryer connects to a terminal block at the rear of the dryer. A metal plate covers this terminal block.

  1. Remove the screws holding the metal plate in place to access the terminal block connections.
  2. Check the power cord; look for burnt, broken, frayed, or loose wire connections. If wires and/or terminal connections are burned, broken, or frayed, then replacement of both will be necessary.

For information on gas dryers, see Gas Dryer Runs, But Does Not Heat.

If the above suggestions do not resolve the issue, service may be needed. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.