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Learn What to Do if Your Dryer Won’t Shut Off

Learn What to Do if Your Dryer Won’t Shut Off

If you are dealing with a dryer that spins and spins but will not shut off, then you could be dealing with a major issue – or it could be nothing serious. The best way to find out for sure is to have a dryer repair person come to your home. You can do that by calling American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934. Otherwise, read the following tips to find out if you can fix the issue yourself.

The Door Switch May Be the Issue

If you opened the dryer in the middle of a cycle it should have stopped right away. This is because there is a safety feature installed that stops the dryer from running when the doors are open. This helps to prevent wasted energy as well as injury. However, if you open the door and it keeps going then it is very likely that the door latch switch is not working correctly.

Removing your faulty door switch can be very complicated. In most cases, they are well within the door and require you to dismantle the door. It is then connected to wires at the front of the dryer. This requires you to remove the control panel, mounting screws, and door switch. We highly recommend that you let an appliance repairperson handle this for you.

Check the Timer

The timer on your dryer is responsible for determining how long the cycle should run. If the timer is not working correctly then it is possible that the right on and off signals will not be sent to shut it off. You can check the timer for continuity by unplugging the dryer and finding the timer in the control panel behind the knob that sets your cycle. This is fairly easy to replace if you feel confident getting into your machine.

It May Be an Issue with the Cycling Thermostat

If the issue is that your dryer keeps running after the cycle is supposed to be done, then it is very likely the issue is a timer problem. If you use the auto-dry feature on your dryer, it works by using a cycling thermostat to keep the timer moving. It’s possible that the timer is the issue but it is more likely and more common that the issue is the cycling thermostat. If it does not accurately sense the temperature inside the dryer the nit will not know when to make it stop.

It is Time to Contact the Professionals

The sad truth is that some troubleshooting options, when done by non-experienced people, can actually cause more problems than they solve. This is why the best option is to contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 to have the professionals handle the job.

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