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LG Dryer Won’t Start

While a dryer can be a significant time-saver, it can be frustrating when it refuses to start. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons why your LG dryer might not be starting and offer solutions to quickly resolve the issue. Whether it’s a simple adjustment or a more complex problem, we’ll help you get your dryer up and running.

Why Is My LG Dryer Not Starting Up?

Sometimes, a non-starting LG dryer can be attributed to a simple setting or a part malfunction. We’ll identify the most common reasons, helping you determine if it’s an easy fix or if professional repair is necessary.

1. No Power to the Dryer:

Before diving into dryer issues, it’s essential to check the power source. If the dryer drum’s light doesn’t come on when you open the door, a power problem might be the culprit. Here’s how to assess your dryer’s power:

  • Ensure the power cord is properly plugged into a functional outlet.
  • Check for tripped circuit breakers in your home’s circuit breaker box. Electric dryers use two breakers, while gas dryers use one.
  • Avoid using an extension cord, as they may not safely deliver the required voltage.

2. Dryer Door Not Closed All the Way:

For safety reasons, an LG dryer won’t start if the door isn’t securely closed. Make sure to firmly push the door closed to engage the latch. If the door won’t close properly, it could be due to a damaged or malfunctioning latch, which may require professional service.

3. Need to Adjust Dryer Settings:

If your LG dryer’s control panel is illuminated but the dryer won’t start, it could be a simple case of selecting the wrong setting. For instance, settings like “Steam Dry” only tumble clothing intermittently and may not start immediately. Always double-check your cycle selections and make any necessary adjustments before starting the dryer.

If “CL” is illuminated on the control panel, it indicates that the LG dryer’s Child Lock function is engaged. This feature locks the control panel, preventing the dryer from starting. To disable it, press and hold the Child Lock button for 3 seconds. If the control panel is illuminated, but the dryer won’t start, a hard reset may be necessary:

  • Unplug the dryer and turn off its circuit breaker.
  • Press and hold the POWER/START button for 5 seconds.
  • Press and hold the PLAY/PAUSE button for 5 seconds.
  • Plug the dryer back in and turn on the circuit breaker.

4. Blown LG Dryer Thermal Fuse:

A thermal fuse is a safety device that blows if the dryer overheats. Once blown, it loses continuity, preventing the dryer from starting. An LG dryer thermal fuse may blow due to defects or clogged dryer vents. If the thermal fuse is blown, consider performing a dryer vent cleaning to remove blockages.

5. LG Dryer Start Switch Failure:

When you press the START button on the control panel, it signals the start switch to initiate a drying cycle. If your LG dryer doesn’t start or make any noise after pressing START, the start switch may have failed. Multimeter testing can confirm failure due to a lack of continuity. In such cases, it’s advisable to replace the switch with professional dryer repair service.


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