5 Common Samsung Dryer Problems You Need To Know

If you are having Samsung dryer problems, you’ve come to the right place. Samsung is one of the most recognizable appliance manufacturers, but, like many manufacturers, their appliances are prone to some common issues.

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 is one of the most common Samsung dryer problems, as it tends to happen every 3-5 years. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to replace and not terribly costly.

The heating element is the part that produces heat (surprise!), and without it functioning fully, the dryer will not properly dry your clothes.

So it’s imperative to fix a heating element that has burned out.

One of the surest ways to see if the heating element has gone bad is to remove the heating element from the dryer. It’s not too difficult to do in most cases.

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.

Samsung dryer problems: heating element
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With that being said, you will not be able to detect all signs of a burnt-out heating element with your eyes.

You will need a multimeter to test the continuity of the coils.

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The coils need to be continuous in order to work properly. Coils that are broken and do not complete the circuit are burnt out.

To perform a continuity test, Set the multimeter to ‘Continuity’ or ‘Ohms’ and then connect one lead to each end of the heating element.

testing dryer 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 relatively easy to do. You’ll have to buy a new heating element and install it in the place of the burnt-out one.

2.     Thermal Fuse Burnt Out or stuck

Another example of one of the more common Samsung dryer problems is the thermal fuse being burnt out or stuck closed.

This problem can be dangerous if it fails in the closed position, since the role of a thermal fuse is to detect the temperature and prevent fires (by opening the circuit if it gets too hot).

Samsung dryer thermal fuse
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For this reason, you must fix a bad thermal fuse as soon as you detect the problem.

However, if a thermal fuse is burned out, the dryer will not get hot at all, and your clothes will still be damp when the cycle completes.

This is because many modern dryer 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.
testing dryer thermal fuse

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 rule that out and continue with troubleshooting.

3.     Drum Rollers Make A Grinding Noise

Drum rollers making a grinding noise is another common dryer issue associated with both Samsung and non-Samsung dryers alike.

Obviously, this problem is easy to detect since it creates an unpleasant noise that is obvious, loud, and typically impossible to ignore.

More than likely, the cause of this grinding noise is caused by a damaged or worn drum roller.

Dryer drum rollers

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.

Samsung dryer diassembly

With access to the rollers, inspect them to see if any are damaged or worn down.

If this is the case, you will need to replace the drum rollers with new ones.

Even if only one drum roller is damaged, you should replace all of them to prevent premature grinding in the future. While you have everything apart, now is the time to take care of all rollers. It would be a pity to have to do it all again in a few months for another bad roller!

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. You can see the white idler pulley below and how it activates the belt safety switch (red arrow) when the belt breaks and tension is relieved.

Samsung dryer belt safety switch and idler pulley
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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 unplug the dryer. Identify all of the screws securing the top section to the body of the dryer. Remove the top.

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 of the common Samsung dryer problems 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.

Samsung dryer control board
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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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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Reader Comments (88)

  1. samsung elec dryer mod dve52r5200wa3 have power to the back of unit but the led panel is blank dryer does nothing

  2. My Samsung dryer will not go the allotted time I have set. It goes for 3 minutes then shuts off. Is this a bad timer or some wrong with then board?

    • Hi Linda,
      The first thing to check might be your moisture sensors (if equipped). If they are dirty, they may not be sensing accurately and will tell your dryer to shut off prematurely. Here is a link to a video that can help you clean them.

  3. Samsung Dryer Model No DVE60M9900V/A3 will not start even with power to the back of the unit. The unit is 120/ 220> Fuses box OK plugs OK. Is there a internal reset or fuse that may have blown?

  4. 1 year old Samsung dryer DVE45T3200 will not power up. Has power to dryer. Reset does nothing.???
    Any ideas?


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