Why my Samsung Dryer Not Heating up? Know How to Fix it

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Having to go through the provoking experience of Samsung dryer not heating up is obviously one thing no one would desire in the first place. Whether in the summer or winter, having a cloth dryer at home is a necessity.

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But when occasions arise that the dryer fails, there are certain steps to take to quickly rectify the problem. 

Sometimes, you find out that the dryer is not producing any heat to dry clothes.

Funny enough, no warning, no error codes, no lint trapped anywhere, and it does look your appliance is in good order before this ‘sudden’ breakdown.

But yet, no heat is coming off and the machine has literally stopped to do what it is meant for.

Given that Samsung is one of the popular brands out there that produce quality products, the first natural reaction is usually one of surprise.

But after the reaction, the immediate action is to quickly search for reasons why this could happen.

Of course, there are a number of reasons why your Samsung dryer is not producing heat.

This post will expose you to some of the reasons your dryer is not generating heat, what signs you need to look out for, what to do to prevent future reoccurrence, and as well as a host of other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the device.  

Why is my Samsung dryer blowing cold air?

Could you believe overheating is responsible for your Samsung dryer blowing cold? Samsung dryer and any dryer for that matter is ideally made to release hot air in order to dry your clothes.

But once it starts overheating, your dryer gives off cold air as a result of a faulty component part of the machine.

  • Faulty thermal cut-off fuse
  • Bad thermostat
  • The clogged air vent line
  • Burnt out heating element
  • Internal wiring issues

It is the heating element that keeps the dryer hot enough to dry the clothes. However, when the Samsung heating element burnt out, it does not stop the dryer from spinning or running.

The factor that could speed up the process of blowing off of the heating elements includes overloading of the dryer, lack of proper cleaning of the vent lines and lint filters, and poor ventilation. 

The next time you observe your Samsung dryer blows cold air, there are a couple of things to do before looking for a replacement of broken parts.

First, be sure you have cleaned the vent lines and lint filter. This is to prevent the clogged vent line from causing your Samsung dryer to not heat properly.

However, if it has to do with a damaged heating element, replacement is not difficult.

Get to any local appliance parts store or Amazon, search by your model number and order for compatible parts thermal cut-off.

To replace the faulty part, unplug the back panel, remove connections and install a new one. Meanwhile, some heating elements may require that you remove the thermostat.

Once you do this, replace the back panel, reconnect and run a test.

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Can a Samsung dryer overheat and stop working?

Absolutely! Overheating is a major problem with dryers.

When a dryer starts to overheat and you don’t attend to it on time to find out the cause, the dryer will get to a point that it will stop working.

There are a number of things you need to look out for as risk factors for dryer overheating.

  • Check out for airflow: a dryer will overheat once an internal duct is blocked, resulting in partial or complete blockage of flow of air from the dryer.

Quick Fix

Call for a technical support or apply a DIY procedure. If you go with DIY, clean the vents and lint filters.

Run a check to be sure that there is free flow of air from the exhaust vents.

  • Faulty Thermostat: Once a thermostat fails to work, the dryer fails to receive enough heat to dry up your clothes. Conduct a check on the thermostat with the multimeter.

Quick Fix

Replace a faulty thermostat as soon as it is discovered.

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Does a thermal fuse reset?

Yes and No. You may find out that other brands of dryer have a reset button.

But Samsung dryers do not come with the reset button. So, the Samsung dryer fuse is not resettable.

All you have to do is to replace it with a new one once the one that comes with your dryer is faulty.

The thermal fuse functions as a power cut-out.

It helps to cut power to the heating element in the case when the temperature reaches more than 185F.

And once the thermal fuse has been burnt, the dryer will not run until the damaged fuse is replaced.

Replacing the faulty fuse

Replacing the thermal fuse is quite easy. The first step is to unplug the dryer from the power source. Identify the faulty fuse.

Fuse is usually located on the heating element compartment. Remove the screws holding it down, and then remove it before replacing it with a new one.

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How do you test a thermal fuse on a dryer?

As you know, the heat fuse is very important to the overall functioning of your Samsung dryer.

Once the dryer overheats, it shuts down. The motor continues to run but no heat will get into the dryer to perform its functions.

Testing the thermal fuse is as easy as putting the dryer to action. Simply follow the steps you use to fix the problem of the fuse or thermostat.

  • Get a Multimeter. 
  • Disconnect the dryer from the power source 
  • Identify the location of the fuse. You will usually find the thermal fuse near the base of the dryer. 
  • Detach by pulling the metal connectors the metal slip-ons that connect the wires to the fuse. Do not pull the wires to avoid potential damage to the fuse and other parts of the machine.
  • Test the thermal fuse with your multimeter by touching its probes on each terminal of the fuse. If you test reads zero a room temperature, then you fuse is in good condition. However, if your dryer’s fuse fails any of these readings, then it needs to be replaced as it is faulty.

How much does a heating element cost for a Samsung dryer?

The cost of buying component of heating element varies. It is usually between $30 and $100. However, the fixing by a technician could gulp in the range of 250-350$.

However, the cost of replacing the heating element of a Samsung dryer depends on the model of the dryer as well as on the type of heating element your dryer uses.

Well, you could do it yourself but it is always advisable to hire the services of a professional so you can be sure a good job is done on your dryer.

Before you conclude that the dryer’s heating element is the issue, try to test both the thermostat and the thermal fuse.

How long should the dryer heating element last?

The heating element is the dryer’s component part that is producing the heat that dries your clothes.

By implication, the more you use the dryer, the more the maintenance required to keep it functional.

And you can be sure that improper maintenance increases the chance of wear and tear which naturally reduces the functionality of the dryer and its component parts.

If the dryer is properly maintained, the heating element can last up to 12 years.

Although there is no set lifespan for heating elements, with proper maintenance and cleaning, they can last for a long time.

Maintaining the heating element

Clear the vents free from clogging or debris

Clean the lint trap regularly 

Replacing Samsung dryer’s heating element using DIY

If you choose to go the DIY way to unplug and replace heating element for Samsung dryer, take the following steps:

  • Unplug your Samsung dryer from power source; also remove both the screws on the back of the dryer and the lid. Do the latter by sliding the lid off.
  • Disconnect the control panel off by lifting upward and then remove the wire harness that holds the control panel to the dryer by removing the (4) screws that secure the front panel.
  • Keep the dryer door open and then remove the other 2 remaining screws at the bottom of the door. Lower the locking tabs to remove the front panel. Disconnect the door switch wire, lift the panel off and then disconnect the moisture sensor wiring harness.
  • Unscrew the heating element housing and remove housing from mounting bracket. Take away the screws holding mounting bracket to the bottom and then remove the mounting bracket.
  • Pull heating element housing out of the dryer, and then disconnect the wire harness from the heating element.
  • Never detach the wire harnesses from the thermostat or high limit switch. 
  • Twist the tab upward and disconnect the heating element housing.
  • Unbend the wire terminal locking tabs
  • Remove the wire terminals and the heating element from the housing. 
  • Replace with new one

How do you test Samsung Dryer Heating Element?

Get an Ohm meter and place it on the two leads to check if the element is bad or not so you can ascertain the cause of the dryer not heating.

After finding out, replace the faulty heating element with the new heating element and couple everything back into using the above guide in reverse order.

How does the heating element in a Samsung dryer work?

The Samsung heating element works when a switch on the motor turns on.

The heating element automatically shows red signal and releases heat to the dryer.

Once the dryer heating level drops below a certain temp, the heating element turns on begins to heat the dryer once again.

The process repeats itself over and over against until a cycle is complete and the clothing is completely dry.

When the heating element of the Samsung dryer goes bad, the immediate sign you notice is a break in the heating coil which will cause the element not to heat. 

How about air from the Vent, but no heat in the Dryer?

Yes, you may observe that plenty of air is coming out from the vent but yet there is no heat entering from the dryer.

First, remove the heating assembly and verify if there is continuity through thermostats. Also check if the heating element is intact with about 10 ohms resistance.

If that does not work, you should check to see if you have 220-240v coming to the dryer.

In some cases, even when you unfasten one side of the dryer to allow it run with 120V, you observe that the dryer produces no heat.

In this case, the main control boards are the culprit. Try to check if they have gone bad. The fault of the main control boards could result in the dryer not getting heat.

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The information provided in this piece is to guide only users of Samsung dryers. It may or may not apply to other brands. So, be guided accordingly.

You have all the detailed information that will help you maintain your Samsung dryer already.

The instructions outlined here work for most Samsung dryers.

However, some may have some small differences but largely the process works the same way.

Ensure you call on technical support whenever you think the DIY mechanism will not work for you.  

Samsung dryer heating element will work on clothes dryer model numbers: DV306BEW, DV306LEW, DV316BEC, DV316BEW, DV316HEC, DV316LES, DV316LEW, DV317AEG, DV317AES, DV317AEW, DV328AEG, DV328AER, DV328AEW, DV330AEB, DV338AEB, DV330AEW, DV331AER, DV331AEW, DV337AEG, DV337AEL, DV337AER, DV337AEW, DV338AEW, DV339AEG, DV339AEL, DV339AER, DV339AES, DV339AEW, DV340AEG, DV340AER, DV350AEG, DV350AEP, DV350AER, DV350AEW, DV393ETPARA, DV393ETPAWR, DV395ETPARA, DV395ETPAWR, DV3C6BEW, DV405ETPASU, DV405ETPAWR, DV407AEW, DV409AER, DV409AEW, DV409SEL, DV410AER, DV410AEW, DV419AES, DV419AEU, DV419AEW, DV428AEL, DV428AEW, DV431AEP, DV431AEW, DV438AEL, DV438AER, DV448AEE, DV448AEP, DV448AEW, DV456EWHDWR, DV484ETHASU, DV484ETHAWR, DV501AEW, DV5451AEP, DV5451AEW, DV5471AEP, DV5471AEW, BED70B, BED70W, DV203AES, DV203AEW, DV206AES, DV206LEW, DV209AEW, DV210AES, DV210AEW, DV218AEB, DV218AES, DV218AEW, DV219AEB, DV219AEW, DV220AEW, DV221AEG, DV221AES, DV229AEG, DV231AEW, DV2C6BEW, MDE6700AYW, MDE6700AZW, MDE9700AYM, MDE9700AYW, MDE9700AZM, MDE9700AZW, NED7200TW, YIED7200TW, and YNED7200TW.

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34 thoughts on “Why my Samsung Dryer Not Heating up? Know How to Fix it”

  1. I have a 14 month older Samsung dryer. DVE50R5200W/A3
    The dryer stopped heating but kept running. I ran the diagnostic and the error message CL9 came up which is supposed to mean clogged vent. I found a video of someone cleaning a Samsung like mine and removed the front panel and door, detached and removed the back air vent and took the lent trap out, and the front part except I didn’t take the part that looks like a fan apart, that’s connected to the drum and rolls with the drum. I vacuumed it all, reconnected everything, ran the diagnostic and it said CL9 again.
    What is the sensor that causes the CL9 error code? Could the sensor be bad? Is there anything else it could be? I feel pretty comfortable taking those things apart and putting them back together, but would it be a different error code if the heating element was out?

    • The best way is to get a multimeter, take the dryer apart, check continuity of the heating element and if needed, replace it. I am sure problem with the heating element.

  2. My Samsung dryer was working just fine until I had to unplug it for a couple days to use the outlet for something else, but when I plugged it back in now it just blows cold air and will not dry my clothes.

    • Did you accidentally use Air-Only cycle? Double Breaker is not tripped? If not, then you need to disassemble dryer and check for continuity heating element or thermal fuse.

  3. Mr. Smith, my Samsung dryer (model:DV330AEBXAA) is blowing cold air. My plan is to replace the entire heating element assembly (part # DC97-14486A). Your instruction state”never remove the wires from the thermostat or high limit switch). Am I correct in thinking once I’ve removed the old unit I should attach the thermostat and high limit switch wire before attaching the heating element wires to protect those two items?

    • Hi Robert, unless you turn power OFF it doesn’t matter which order to disconnect or connect wires to the heating element or thermostat.

  4. My Samsung dryer won’t heat.. we put a lite load in and set to dry… it turns on and begins spinning then about 2 minutes in the timer goes from 45 minutes to 1 minute and clothes still damp… it does this on all settings except for air fluff which will run entire cycle…

    • First of all, check vent line from the dryer to outside. Second, check moisture sensor wires to make sure they are not broken or oxidized. Along with that check heating element and thermal fuse

      • Same problem, set for 45min timed dry. After a few minutes it drops to 1 min. Replaced heating element assembly, and moisture sensors. Heating element assembly came with new thermostat and overload. Problem continues. Thoughts?

        • This particular problem not related to the heating element. Moisture sensor connectors could be oxidized and not providing proper continuity, telling the control board that clothes already dry. did you check wire continuity from the moisture sensor to the control board? Also, try to run dryer without vent hose connected. Will it be doing the same thing?

  5. My Samsung dryer want heat. I check the heating element. When you cut it on it shows he code. I can take the duct off and it will run but not heat. Cleaned the filter and the duct. Bloows cold with the duct disconnected.

    • The most common parts to fail when no heat are: 1.Heating Element 2.Thermal fuse on the heater assembly. Seems like you missed something

  6. Something keeps causing the thermal fuse and thermostat to short out. Replaced those parts as well as the heating element. It will dry three loads and stop working again. Heating element is fine but fuse and thermostat are blown. What to do?

    • try to do several loads without vent hose attached (if you can) , if it will runs just fine, then vent line clogged somewhere, i guess

  7. My dryer keeps making a clicking sound but won’t start the drying cycle. The “drying” selection is flashing like its drying but its not. Whats wrong with it?

    • Usually, its a broken belt or idler pulley broken. In both cases you need to disassemble dryer, to replace these parts.

  8. The first sign that something was not right with my Samsung DV40J3000EW/A2 Dryer was that the control panel lights “Drying” “Cooling”, “End” were all blinking simultaneously
    and there was no heat coming from the dryer.

    I did a little research and deduced that it was probably the heating element or sensors. With the help of a you tube video, I took the dryer apart to check. Sure enough the heating element coil was broken. The other sensors tested positive for continuity but I figured if I were replacing the heating element I might as well replace the sensors and the entire heating duct assembly. I purchased a genuine OEM heating duct assembly from GRP and installed. Success! The dryer is heating.

    However, now the the control panel lights “Drying” “Cooling”, “End” are all still blinking simultaneously. This older model does not have an LED display screen, just the indicator lights.

    Is there a way to reset?
    Or, is there something else that needs to be fixed?

  9. I have samsung dryer dv431aep/xac. Dryer is running ok but not heating. i changed heating element still not working.heating element has 10 ohm. I measure 240 volt, 120 volt each lug of heating coil. i checked control bord relay looks working ok. i changed thermostat, thermal fuse ,thermistor also.what could be the problem?

      • Please help anyone!
        I have the Samsung multisteam ventsensor dryer. The dryer work fine but not heat is coming out, my clothes take forever to dry, at least 3-4 cycle, each cycle is about 1 hour and 14 minutes. We couldn’t afford buy another dryer or get repair man to come. So I ask my husband to look online for video. Which he did and they suggested to replace the thermostat and heater element. The first time he took it out, it was so he can replace the new parts, once it was back together it started making this weird sound every time the drum roll. ( Kinda sound like a medal nut) and it the same thing as before the dryer spin but no heat. Them he went out to buy a multimeter and he open it again and he check everything was normal according to the multimeter. So he oil it and close it again. This time the dryer didn’t make that noise again. But the dryer still come out air no heat at all. Please help me what can it be.

        • Hello, How did you check that dryer do not produce heat? Did you disconnect vent hose behind the dryer or just open the door to check heat, during drying cycle? There are only 3 common parts may cause this issue. 1. heater 2. Thermal fuse on the heater assembly 3. Control board …. ATTENTION : i guess you checked power coming to the dryer, right? It should be 240V . If you will get only 120V, then reset your breaker.

      • I’m in the exact same boat. I performed all those checks to no avail. Could it be the PCB board even though the relay is pulling in?

  10. Samsung dryer not heating…I replaced the element and it worked for a week. Then I replaced the thermostat and the cut off fuse. Still no heat. Should I try replacing the element again or just get a new one. It’s only 4 years old Model dv42h5000

    • Hi Tongia, no don’t replace element until you checked for continuity. If there is around 10 Ohms then element is ok. If it reads O Ohms, then element is burnt. Also check wiring to the element, maybe you just messed up something.


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