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Dryer problems: How to fix a dryer that’s not heating up

Hi, I’m Rory from eSpares. If you find that your tumble dryer isn’t
heating, or is blowing cold air, it’s almost certain that the problem is with the thermostats
or with the element. We recommend that you replace both at the same time and that’s
what I’m going to do in this video. Now, first things first. Make sure your tumble
dryer is unplugged…you don’t want to electrocute yourself! Now, both the thermostats and the
element are located behind this back panel so I’m going to remove that, as well as
the side panel. I also need to remove the top panel in order to remove the side panel
and that’s what I’m going to do now. Now we’ve removed the back panel, we can
see the old element and the old thermostats. And here, we have our new element and new
thermostats. Now there’s two very important things about these thermostats: 1. They must be wired correctly-to do this,
consult your thermostat documentation 2. Make sure that you don’t touch these
circular gold disks in the middle, as this will damage the thermostat. Now the wiring in your make or model will
differ from what you see here and what’s so important is that you rewire everything
exactly as you find it; if you don’t, you could damage the dryer. Now what’s a good
idea is to take photos so you can consult them later and make sure that you’re rewiring
everything perfectly. I’m going to do that now. Now that we’ve made sure that we know
exactly how everything is wired, it’s time to start removing the element. Now we’ve removed the old element and thermostats,
I’m just going to give it a quick wipe. Now I’m going to put the new thermostats
in…and now the element. Once we’ve made sure all the wires are back
exactly where we found them, it’s time to put everything back together. There you go, one working dryer. Thanks for

Tony wyaad



  1. gerry german Posted on July 24, 2010 at 12:03 am

    cheers for posting the video,my wife has been bugging me to pieces to fix our dryer,when i opened it up i hadnt got a clue what i was looking at ,now i have ,tnx again

  2. Jenlozhon Posted on August 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    our tumble dryer (a hotpoint!) broke down yesterday!! Thanks for this – am off to get spare parts now! xx

  3. CKS5000 Posted on May 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    i don't have the same dryer you have but i replaced the element and both thermostats and when i gave it a test run i could smell it burning lint that had settled on the coils, so i know it was working. but as soon as i put some clothes in to dry, they were still wet after one cycle.

  4. Seroster Posted on August 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    @CKS5000 You might have blown the thermostats by burning a bit of dust.

  5. Seroster Posted on August 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Aww dam mate, you just stripped the fuck out of those screws!
    Get a real screwdriver instead.
    Never cut a ziptie with a razor knife since you very easily damage the wires. Sidecutters work fine.
    You also pulled too hard on the ziptie you replaced. They aren't load bearing, and shouldnt be pulled too tight since that can damage wiring.

  6. CKS5000 Posted on August 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    @Serostern so if i changed the thermostats again it might be all good now.

  7. Seroster Posted on August 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    @CKS5000 You can override the thermostats FOR TESTING PURPOSES ONLY, for a short period of time, like under a minute.
    The thermostat works like a fuse, if you think it is faulty you can override it (hotwire) – but it is there to keep your house from burning down, Overriding a safety feature as a permanent solution is a bad bad BAD habit.

  8. eSpares Posted on November 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    @MrJcmental None. On this model it wasn't wired in the first place. But we just wanted to show how to replace both stats as on most models both stats are actually wired.

  9. alex bee Posted on November 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    thast a wierd dryer!

  10. Seroster Posted on November 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    @huzzler631 No, forget the ziptie torque wrench. The entire point of the ziptie is to tidy up wires and keep them from rubbing against metal parts. If you pull too tight you damage the wires and that is the opposite of the purpose of the damn tie.
    Mind you I am one of the field workers, and that is why I take pride in leaving a good machine behind me after I finish a job.
    Also, I would hate having you touch anything of mine, it would most likely end up broken.

  11. Seroster Posted on November 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    @huzzler631 As for the reason I watch this video – because even if I know my way around appliances I could still learn a trick here or a new way of doing something there.
    A power driver will keep spinning after the bit slips, before you have the reaction time to stop. This strips screws.
    He also uses the wrong bit (a PZ2 for a PH2 screw) – wich makes the bit slip and damage the screw.
    If he used a manual driver he would not slip as much.

  12. THESocialJusticeWarrior Posted on September 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I touched my thermostats before I saw this! Oh noes! X(

  13. Sebastian Granados Posted on September 9, 2012 at 5:02 am

    When I saw the 3 dots on your hand ¬_¬ lol xP

  14. cardosokilas Posted on October 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Hi, My tumble dryer heats but after a while it stops spinning , can you help me with that?

  15. Richard Holt Posted on May 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Very useful video, thanks for uploading.

  16. AnyNameWillDo Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:03 am



  17. Jordan Adams Posted on August 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    hi my hotpoint tdc 30 is starting and staying on for 2 mins thermostats are ok and i've cleaned everything any help???

  18. Anita Clark Posted on September 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I have a Candy Grand GOC 580C tumble dryer and cannot work out how to unplug heating element as the dryer does not have removable sides or bottom, cant see plug from top…there must be an easier way than removing front, any help would be fantastic, tried pulling lead through hole, but its wont move.

  19. eSpares Posted on October 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    For your particular model, unfortunately the correct way to do this is to dismantle the whole appliance and remove the drum for access to the element's cables. Thanks!

  20. Paul Leak Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Great video and you have put the wires back exactly as they were when you opened the unit however they are wrong as someone had removed the wires to short out the safety stat you haven't connected the wires back to the safety stat. I really hope this is not a repair for a customer. 

  21. Alan Hodgson Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Brilliant video for the novice to follow. A lot of the usual clever arses

  22. Mark Sharon Posted on August 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Unhappily no use if you have a Miele

  23. Stephen Jones Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Just changed the thermostats on my Hotpoint TDC62s it when like a dream all done within 15 mins

  24. ian markham Posted on October 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    NOTE:There is another thermostat similar to the ones in this video, that is fitted at the top of the front door dryer access. Open the door and feel at the top just before the drum and there is another thermostat. This one went on my dryer and was the cause of the dryer blowing cold

  25. eSpares Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

    In reply to Rubix Triton who has not allowed comments:
    This thermostats are there to prevent tha machine overheating and catching fire so it is very important not to bypass them.
    The usual cause of repeated failure is either poor air flow or turning off before the cycle has run through its cool down cycle causing it to overheat momentarily when the air flow stops.
    Check the filters and condenser if fitted is clear and always ensure the machine stops when cool, if you wish to stop early turn the timer to the last ten minutes on some models to remove the heat as it runs cooling down.

  26. Christina Smith Posted on November 19, 2015 at 2:26 am

    went to look for a video to fix my dryer… and as an American Thank You Sexy Looking and Sounding Europe dude… nice info and very nice vibe. xoxoxo

  27. tweetypie25 Posted on January 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Thermostats replaced with element, front stat replaced yet still no heat !!!!! What else can it be???? puzzled!! any body any ideas, front stat is an NTC sensor but Ive even renewed that yet still no heat!!!!

  28. tweetypie25 Posted on January 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    The dryer is a beko drcs 68w, all the parts shown in videos replaced yet still no heat!!!!  wondering what the hell else it can be????

  29. tweetypie25 Posted on February 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Replaced HEATER, front ntc sensor, checked pump is pumping water up to tank all this has been done but still no heat!!!! What else can it be??? Dryer comes on and turns and pump works so what else is there to check????

  30. ptrevena Posted on April 2, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Nice vid but can I suggest to the suppliers of the heating element to include a couple of cable ties in the pack as we need to cut the old ones to get the old element out. Thanks.

  31. Lorna Anstey Posted on June 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I have a miele tumblers dryer T 8442, it flashes cooling down when it has been on for a few mins, but it is not getting hot ? would this be my thermostate ?

  32. Sim z Posted on December 25, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Simple and excellent guide for changing these out. Thank you very much!

  33. 1974 gs Posted on December 31, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    My hoover condensing dryer is not even turning- or heating, just hear a clicking sound…. help! HDC 6 model

  34. StretchNEra Posted on February 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Great video, you made it look so easy, but I'll beat money, I'll mess it up.

  35. wildonemeister Posted on May 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I am greatly annoyed by the usage of the wrong bit 😛

  36. suzanneheard120970 Posted on October 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Indesit dryer 30619 isl70c water containers emptied cleaned all fluff from all compartments light not flashing but constantly on dryer wont start ?

  37. Curtis Sullivan Posted on October 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Have this problem how much for parts

  38. Bruce McKain Posted on September 28, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    You don't need to remove the right hand side panel only the one next to the fan (left hand one) I did mine today and wasted a good few minutes for no reason.

  39. Mindfulclarity Posted on May 21, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Why didn't you talk about the exhaust fan hose needs replacing always the reason for me. Geez I hate these fixit videos that leave out the most important things.

  40. MineChris 2008 Posted on October 4, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Another good trick especially for control boards take one wire off the old oneThen place the wire in the same spot on the new one this way you avoid the whole photo mess