Samsung is one of the most recognizable appliance manufacturers, but their appliances, including their dryers, are prone to some common problems.
It is important to detect and diagnose the problems so you can fix them.
Samsung Dryer Problems
Here are the 5 most common Samsung dryer problems, as well as advice about how to fix them:
1. Heating Element Burnt Out
One of the most common Samsung dryer problems is that the heating element burns out.
This problem is common for Samsung dryers because it happens every 3-5 years.
The heating element is the part that produces heat and thus your clothes getting dry.
Without it, the dryer will not properly dry your clothes.
For this reason, it is imperative to fix a heating element that has been burnt out.
One of the easiest ways to see if the heating element has been burnt out is to remove the heating element from the dryer.
Look at the heating element and see if any of the coils are damaged or grounded. This is an obvious sign that the heating element has been burnt out.
With that being said, you will not be able to detect all signs of a burnt-out heating element with your eyes.
As a result, you will need a multimeter to test the continuity of the coils.
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Coils that are continuous work properly, while coils that are not continuous are burnt out.
To perform a continuity test, connect the multimeter to the heating element.
If the multimeter reads around 10 Ohms of resistance, then the heating element is in good condition. If the reading does not change at all, the heating element is burnt out.
If the coils are damaged, collapsed, or fail the continuity test, then you need to replace the heating element.
This is easy to do, simply buy a new heating element and install it in the place of the burnt-out one.
2. Thermal Fuse Burnt Out
Another common dryer problem associated with Samsung dryers is the thermal fuse being burnt out.
This problem is incredibly dangerous since the roles of a thermal fuse include detecting the temperature and preventing fires.
For this reason, you must fix a burnt out thermal fuse as soon as you detect the problem.
The easiest way to tell if a thermal fuse is burnt out is that the dryer will not get hot at all.
The reason for this is that many modern models do not produce heat when the thermal fuse is broken.
Here is how to determine whether or not the thermal fuse is burned out on your Samsung dryer:
- Unplug Dryer: Always unplug your dryer before troubleshooting and messing around with the interior parts.
- Find The Fuse: Find where the fuse is located either by consulting your user’s manual or looking online.
- Remove The Access Panel: Remove the access panel by using a screwdriver to unscrew the screws and disconnect the wires from the fuse.
- Test The Fuse: Finally, test the fuse to see if it’s blown. Use a multimeter to do so.
After using the multimeter, you will likely find that the fuse is blown. If this is the case, buy a new fuse that is an exact match for the existing one.
Once you have your new fuse, unplug the dryer, and install the new fuse. Reconnect the wires.
If the multimeter test is showing that the fuse is not blown, then you should contact a professional to diagnose and fix the problem.
Hopefully, the professional will deduct some money off the final price since you have already ruled out a blown fuse.
3. Drum Rollers Make A Grinding Noise
Drum rollers making a grinding noise is another common dryer is associated with both Samsung and non-Samsung dryers alike.
Obviously, this problem is easy to detect since it creates a screeching noise that is obvious, loud, and impossible to ignore.
More than likely, the cause of this grinding noise is caused by a damaged or worn drum roller.
The damaged or worn drum roller causes the drum to not tumble freely, which then results in the grinding noise that you are probably familiar with.
To see if the drum rollers are worn down or damaged, you will need to disassemble your dryer.
This will include removing the top panel, the front panel, the bulkhead, and the drum. With these parts removed, you will have free access to the rollers.
With free access to the rollers, inspect the rollers to see if any are damaged or worn down.
If this is the case, you will need to replace the drum rollers with new models.
Even if only one drum roller is damaged, you should replace all of them to prevent premature grinding in the future.
4. Idler Pulley Roller Fail
One common problem that is common in Samsung dryers specifically is that the idler pulley roller fails.
The purpose of the pulley is to keep the dryer belt under tension as it wraps around the dryer’s drum.
When the idler pulley roller fails, the dryer will be accompanied by a squeaking noise or it won’t start at all.
To fix this problem, you will need to pull out the dryer plug, remove the top, and remove any screws if necessary.
Also, remove the front panel and allow the dryer drum to slump forward.
As it is slumped forward, inspect the pulley that will be located beneath the drum. Check the spring mechanism.
Additionally, inspect the pulley bearing. If it does not turn freely, try lubricating it to see if this fixes the problem.
If it doesn’t, replace the part by pulling out the axle with pliers. Replace the pulley wheel and put the axle back into place.
5. Control Board Motor Relay Stuck in ON Position
Finally, the last problem associated with Samsung dryers is that the Control Board motor relay gets stuck in the ON position.
You will know that this is the problem whenever your dryer continues to spin, even after the dryer cycle is finished.
The only way you can get the dryer to stop spinning is if you open the door or unplug the appliance altogether.
To fix this problem, you need a new main control board. Begin by unplugging the appliance and disconnecting the top from the main cabinet.
You will need to unscrew some screws to do this. After you remove the top, you will see the main control board.
Remove the main control board by disconnecting the wires and removing them from the retaining tabs.
Pull off the defective control board. Then, place the new control board into place and reconnect the wires. Place the top back onto the dryer.
We hope that this article has made it easier to diagnose and fix the problems associated with your Samsung dryer. Always remember to disconnect the dryer when working on its interior parts and consult your user’s manual for advice and maintenance tips.