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.

Electric Dryer Runs Without Heating

  • The dryer should be on a separate, dedicated 208V/240V electrical outlet.
  • An electric dryer may run with a partial voltage of 120 volts but it will not heat unless it has a 208V/240V power supply. The circuit breaker could be partially tripped even if it does not look as though it has tripped. Turn off the circuit breaker that supplies power to the dryer and turn it back on, then see if the dryer heats properly.
  • Make sure that you have the correct amperage for the circuit breaker or fuse that supplies power to the dryer. You can check the specific Installation Instructions for your dryer model for the required amperage.
  • Make sure you have the right cycle selection, fabric setting and temperature selection. The cycle should be set to a dry cycle and not fluff or cool down.
  • Make sure the front of the dryer is not blocked. Proper air flow is needed for the dryer to dry properly.
  • Check the power cord. The power cord may have a burned, broken or loose connection at the back of the dryer.The power cord for the dryer connects to a terminal block on the rear of the dryer. A metal power cord cover covers this terminal block.
    1. Remove the screws holding the power cord cover 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 the terminal connections are burned, broken or frayed, then replacement of both will be necessary.

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