How to Reset Tumble Dryers
How to Reset Tumble Dryers

How to Reset Tumble Dryers ?

How to Reset Tumble Dryers ? dryer is simply a large drum into which wet laundry is loaded. A motor with pulleys connected by a series of belts turns the drum. Air heated by a gas heater or electric heating element is blown through the drum to dry the laundry. The temperature and speed of the drum are controlled by a series of thermostats operated from a timer device on the control panel of the dryer.

Dryer Reset Factory Settings

As a safety device, a dryer usually has a door switch that activates the working parts. Unless the door is properly closed, the dryer won’t work, regardless of the settings on the control panel. Many dryers are equipped with a reset button on the control panel. If the motor won’t run, let the dryer cool for about ten minutes. Then push the reset button. If there are no problems with the motor, switches, or electrical system, this should restart the dryer. Caution: Before doing any work on the dryer, make sure it’s unplugged. Disconnect the grounding wire. If it is a gas-fueled dryer, close the gas-supply valve to shut off the unit’s gas supply.

Reset Your Tumble Dryer’s Thermal Overload Cut Out

In many cases, if your dryer is not heating it’s because the heater fuse has tripped or the thermal overload has cut out. These appliances frequently have mechanisms to prevent them from overheating and catching fire. You can reset these mechanisms yourself simply by pressing a button.

Some clothes dryers – particularly older models – have a red reset button on their back panel. In newer models, this button may be inside the casing underneath the back panel, and you will have to unscrew and remove this to access this reset button.

Once you have located the button, press it in. If it clicks, then the thermal overload cut out had tripped and has now been reset.

Some dryers do not have this reset switch and have a ‘once-only’ thermal cut-out, which must be reset by an appliance engineer. A professional will be able to reset your appliance in less than an hour, and if you have an extended tumble dryer warranty, this might not cost you a penny!

Tumble Dryers With Re-Set Buttons

How to Reset Tumble Dryers ?

  • If your tumble dryer is not heating up, it’s likely that the heater has overheated and may have tripped and needs to be re-set.
  • The re-set button is usually situated on the rear of the tumble dryer, usually on the back panel.
  • To re-set the heat button on your tumble dryer, press in the red button. If it’s tripped you’ll hear a click.

Tumble Dryers Without Re-Set Buttons

  • Not all tumble dryers have re-set buttons, so if it stops heating it is most likely to be because the thermostat or TOC (Thermal Overload Cutout) has tripped due to overheating.
  • Thermostat’s are usually the size of a 5p and can be accessed by removing the back panel. Always switch off the power before working with any electrical part.
  • If you have one you can use a multimeter to test the thermostat’s resistance.

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