Modern dryers use plenty of different ways to communicate problems to users. The usual methods are with indicator lights and error codes on display. However, a dryer that beeps while running can also be trying to tell you there’s a problem.
A dryer that beeps while running might have its Damp Beep or Damp Dry feature enabled. It beeps to let you know the ideal time to remove your clothes if you want them to be a little dry for ironing later. Besides that, the beeping could also alert you of overheating, control panel issues, or a faulty control board.
A beeping dryer can be a mystery if you’re unsure of what it means. Keep reading to understand why it happens to your dryer and how you can fix it.
Why Does My Dryer Beep While Running?
A dryer that beeps while running is trying to get your attention. So, you should never let the beeping continue without troubleshooting the issue.
Here’s why your dryer is beeping, what you need to know about each cause, and how you can fix it to stop the sound from continuing:
Damp Beep or Damp Dry Feature Enabled
About this: Clothes that come out of a dryer completely dry are sometimes challenging to iron. Thankfully, many dryers have a feature that alerts you when the clothes are about 80% dry.
That way, you can remove those clothes early while they’re still a little damp. With a little bit of moisture left in your clothes, that’ll make it easier for you to iron out any wrinkles.
The feature is known as Damp Beep, Damp Dry, or something similar. The precise name depends on your dryer brand and model.
How it causes beeping: When the Damp Beep or Damp Dry feature is turned on, your dryer will eventually start beeping as the machine runs.
The beeping will start once your clothes are mostly dry, typically with only 20% remaining moisture. The machine makes that sound to let you know that you can take the load out early if you prefer it to be slightly damp for ironing.
How to fix it: Beeping of this kind only happens when the feature is enabled. So, you can fix it by disabling the Damp Beep or Damp Dry feature on your dryer model.
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Remember that the feature name might differ slightly depending on your dryer brand and model.
About this: All dryers will produce plenty of heat to effectively remove moisture from your laundry. However, that heat must continuously flow through the machine and out its vents for the machine to function correctly.
That airflow begins at your dryer’s fan or blower wheel. Then, the air is heated and driven through the drum, the lint trap, and out through the dryer vent.
Continuous airflow through those parts ensures that both moisture and heat can escape your dryer.
When everything works correctly, your clothes will dry as they should, and your dryer’s temperature is kept at a safe level.
How it causes beeping: Your dryer will also beep when it senses its temperature rising to unsafe levels. The machine does that to alert you that it’s about to overheat.
You’ll know that’s the case if the beeping happens while the dryer still runs for a few brief moments before it shuts itself off. The dryer does that to protect itself from further damage and to reduce the risk of a fire starting.
Dryers will overheat when there’s restricted airflow preventing the heat inside from escaping. If that goes on for too long, the heat inside your dryer will build up and cause overheating, which triggers the beeping you hear and the eventual shut-off.
How to fix it: The root cause of this problem is restricted airflow. So, clean your lint trap and check the dryer vents for any clogs. You must remove all lint, dust, and dirt buildups in the ducts to restore smooth airflow and prevent this problem from continuing.
If the dryer shuts itself off after you heard the beeping, likely, the thermal fuse is also blown. You’ll have to replace that also, to get the dryer working again.
Control Panel Issues
About this: The dryer’s control panel is also called its user interface. You use the component to interact with the dryer and input your instructions.
Control panel designs differ between dryer brands and models but typically have a knob and several buttons.
More importantly, the control panel communicates with the rest of the dryer through connectors that carry signals whenever you press a button.
How it causes beeping: Dryers will also beep if there’s an issue with the control panel.
For example, the ribbon cable or electrical connector might be loose. That can prevent the control panel from sending and receiving electrical signals, causing intermittent beeping while the machine is running.
Besides that, the control panel could be faulty outright. A faulty board will cause erratic behaviors in your dryer, like beeping that happens during a cycle.
How to fix it: Firstly, ensure that the control panel’s connectors or ribbon cables are connected correctly. If that doesn’t help, you’ll need to replace the control panel with a new one, as the current panel is faulty.
Faulty Control Board
About this: The control board is your dryer’s brain. It coordinates the dryer’s components and functions to complete the drying cycle you choose.
A dryer’s control board is a printed circuit board (PCB) with small electrical and electronic components attached to it. These components send and receive electrical signals to the dryer’s various components.
How it causes beeping: The final reason your dryer is beeping as it runs is its faulty control board. Unfortunately, a faulty control board can also cause erratic behaviors in your dryer, like unexplainable beeping while the machine is running.
This problem is typically caused by electrical faults that damage the control board’s components, like voltage surges and short circuits.
How to fix it: A dryer main control board is not serviceable or repairable. So, you’ll have to remove and replace the one in your machine.
These replacements can be pricey, so inspect the control board closely to confirm that it’s faulty or damaged. For example, if the board suffered damage from an electrical fault, you’d see burn marks or notice burn smells.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Need a few more pointers? Check out these commonly asked questions:
Why Does My Dryer Just Beep And Not Start?
A dryer that beeps and refuses to start is doing that to prevent damage to itself. That’s because the lint trap might be clogged, the door isn’t shut correctly, or the thermal fuse has blown and needs a replacement.
How Do I Know If My Dryer Fuse Is Blown?
You’ll know your dryer fuse is blown if the machine can turn on and function normally, yet it won’t start a new drying cycle. Some models might even beep or display a corresponding error code to alert you that the dryer fuse needs to be replaced.
Does Unplugging A Dryer Reset It?
Yes, unplugging your dryer for at least a few minutes will reset the machine through ‘power cycling. The exact duration for keeping your dryer unplugged will differ between manufacturers. However, leaving the machine unplugged for 5 minutes will reset most dryers.
How Do I Test My Dryer Control Panel?
You can test your dryer control panel using a multimeter to check for electrical continuity. Besides that, a visual inspection can sometimes be enough to know if the board is in good condition. Damaged boards typically have burn marks or a smell on their components.
What’s The Difference Between A Dryer Control Panel And Control Board?
The dryer control panel is also called the user interface. You input your instructions by pushing buttons and turning dials. The control board is a circuit board inside the dryer that controls the dryer functions. As a user, you interact with the control panel and not the control board.