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Why does my dryer keep shutting off?

Discover what could be causing your dryer to stop and start

Laundry day is less of a chore when you know you can rely on your home appliances to perform. It’s a major inconvenience when your dryer can’t complete a full cycle, cutting itself off by starting and stopping. We have the guidance you need to uncover what could be causing your dryer to keep shutting off. Let us serve you with knowledge you can only get from our experts. 

1. Door latch

An easy first check is to ensure your dryer door is securely closed. If your dryer senses the door is not completely closed, it may suspend drying mid-cycle. Common door issues include excess motion jostling the door, a malfunctioning door switch not detecting the door is closed, or a faulty door latch. If the problem is not immediately apparent, ask for expert assistance to diagnose the exact problem.

An easy first check is to ensure your dryer door is securely closed. If your dryer senses the door is not completely closed, it may suspend drying mid-cycle. Common door issues include excess motion jostling the door, a malfunctioning door switch not detecting the door is closed, or a faulty door latch. If the problem is not immediately apparent, ask for expert assistance to diagnose the exact problem.

2. Dryer motor

Excessive heat during a drying cycle is a possible sign that your dryer motor is failing. A dryer motor left in poor condition can grow into a serious repair problem. We recommend service as soon as possible if you suspect a dryer motor issue. 

Excessive heat during a drying cycle is a possible sign that your dryer motor is failing. A dryer motor left in poor condition can grow into a serious repair problem. We recommend service as soon as possible if you suspect a dryer motor issue. 

3. Blocked vent

Dryer vents help regulate the internal temperature of your appliance. Over time, lint blockage can accumulate in your machine’s vent tube or exterior damper, which causes heat to build and build. This is a serious fire hazard and should be remedied as soon as possible. Regularly cleaning out the vent tube will help your dryer perform at its best and keep your home safe. 

Dryer vents help regulate the internal temperature of your appliance. Over time, lint blockage can accumulate in your machine’s vent tube or exterior damper, which causes heat to build and build. This is a serious fire hazard and should be remedied as soon as possible. Regularly cleaning out the vent tube will help your dryer perform at its best and keep your home safe. 

4. Moisture sensor

Some dryers come equipped with a moisture sensor that can automatically detect when your load of laundry is dry. It’s an extremely helpful built-in technology, but if the moisture sensor has a calibration error it may signal your laundry is finished before it’s actually dry. Scheduling a recalibration service with a skilled professional should correct this issue.  

Some dryers come equipped with a moisture sensor that can automatically detect when your load of laundry is dry. It’s an extremely helpful built-in technology, but if the moisture sensor has a calibration error it may signal your laundry is finished before it’s actually dry. Scheduling a recalibration service with a skilled professional should correct this issue.  

How do I prevent my dryer from stopping mid-cycle?

Some dryer issues are as easy to resolve as cleaning out lint from a filter. Other dryer issues may require a bit more repair expertise. Need an extra hand? Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care with a technician you can trust from Bodewell.   

Some dryer issues are as easy to resolve as cleaning out lint from a filter. Other dryer issues may require a bit more repair expertise. Need an extra hand? Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care with a technician you can trust from Bodewell.   

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