Fixing Guide for Samsung Dryer That Isn’t Heating

Whether it is winter or summer, it is frustrating for sure if your dryer is not working properly. Most people complain about Samsung dryers that these dryers do not heat rightly. Dryers become entirely out of order sometimes and do not dry clothes. If this is the case, it means the dryer’s heating element is damaged.

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Besides heating elements, faulty wiring, damaged fuse, blocked air vent, and overloading could be the other reasons for dryer failure. Here is a detail of these causes and their solutions to fix the not heating Samsung dryer.

Fixes for Samsung Dryer That Isn’t Heating

Burnt Heating Element

Heating element in the dryer provides enough heat to dry the clothes. If the heating element is defective or burnt out, the dryer will run but doesn’t dry clothes. Electric dryers have a metal coil that heats the air inside the dryer. This air helps in drying the clothes efficiently.

If your dryer is old, the heating element becomes faulty over time. Besides this, sudden power outage and insufficient airflow inside the metal coil also cause the heating element to burn. Other than this, overloading, improper cleaning, and poor ventilations also cause the heating element to burn.


It would help to clean the dryer’s vent regularly to keep your heating element protected. It would also help if you inspected the heating element after a few weeks to catch any problem before it gets worse. If you want to access the dryer’s heating element, you can take help from the user’s manual.

  • Unplug the dryer from the power source.
  • Inspect the heating element to check if there are any signs of damage.
  • Use a multimeter to check the continuity of the heating element.
  • If it isn’t showing any continuity, you better replace it.

Blocked or Clogged Dryer Vent

The other common cause behind the Samsung dryer not heating, is the clogged air vent. Due to a cloggy vent, the dryer faces heating issues. The air vent allows the moist air from the wet clothes to escape out of the dryer. Any blockage in the air vent is responsible for a bad heating system in the dryer.

If you are using your dryer for a very long time, then it’s evident that its air vent will block over time. Debris may stick inside the air vent and lint filter, which will ultimately cause clogging.


You should better clean your lint filter after each cycle. This cleaning will prevent the dirt and debris buildup and clear the air vent. If dirt particles or debris accumulate at the lint filter, the moist air will never escape out of the dryer. As a result, clothes will remain wet.

You have to observe the dryer’s drum present inside the front panel. If you feel the drum is hot, it is due to a cloggy air vent. So, you have to clean the dryer vent at least twice a year to avoid clogging.

Damaged Thermal Fuse

If the dryer is at the risk of overheating, the thermal fuse immediately trips. The thermal fuse also protects the dryer from a power surge. If the thermal fuse blows out while the dryer isn’t overheated, then it means the fuse is faulty.


You should check the thermal fuse. If you find the thermal fuse faulty, you will have to replace it. Follow the given steps to check the thermal fuse.

  • Remove the back panel of the dryer to access the thermal fuse.
  • You will find the fuse near the heating element or the blower.
  • Use a multimeter for a continuity test.
  • Attach its probes to the connecting points of the fuse to check the continuity.
  • If the fuse doesn’t show any continuity, then it means they are blown up.
  • Replace the faulty switch with the new one.

Thermal fuse

Overloading the Dryer

If your wet clothes accumulate near the top of the dryer’s drum, it means you overloaded the dryer. If you overfilled the dryer beyond its capacity, the dryer would not be able to circulate the heated air efficiently. As a result, the clothes will remain wet upon completing the cycle.


Every Samsung dryer has a specific capacity to load. Check your user manual for your dryer’s capacity. If you can’t take help from the user’s manual, then only fill the dryer’s tub up to 75% of its total height. In this way, the hot air will easily circulate in the dryer and efficiently dries the clothes.

It’s best to divide your laundry load into two parts. This step will increase the dryer’s lifespan, and the heating element will work for a more extended period.

Important Information

With a Master Protection Agreement, your appliance is covered 100% if your appliance has any issues due to defects in manufacture or normal wear and tear for up to 5 years (renewable). You will also have up to 3 years of cosmetic defect protection. Read more about it here.

Final Words…

Every dryer works for a specific period, and after 7-8 years, you will probably face heating issues. Proper care and maintenance keep your dryer working efficiently for maximum time. The fixing guide mentioned above will resolve the heating issue for Samsung dryers. If these fixes don’t work for your dryer, contact a professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to reset the Samsung Dryer?

If your Samsung dryer is stuck during a cycle or doesn’t start, you can easily reset it. Unplug the dryer from the power source. Wait for at least 5 minutes to clear out the electrical charge of the dryer. Plug in the dryer again into the power source. The Samsung dryer resets this way.

2. Why is Samsung Dryer running but not heating?

If your Samsung dryer is running but not heating, then it means the heating element or heater of the dryer is damaged. Besides this, blown up thermal fuses, clogged air vent, and overloading the dryer could be other possible causes behind this issue.

3. How can you tell that the thermal fuse is blown up without a multimeter?

By bypassing the fuse itself, you can test whether the thermal fuse is blown up or not. You can do it without using a multimeter. Disconnect the fuse wires. Wire them together with the help of a jumping wire and try to operate the dryer. If the dryer doesn’t heat still, then it means the thermal fuse is faulty.


  • Stephen Powers

    Appliance repair guy from Washington. I am majorly experienced in dishwashers, water filters and refrigerators, AMA on my twitter account.

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