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Whirlpool Dryer Shut Off After Few Seconds Or Minutes?

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Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 01:26 pm

A unique advantage of the washing machine is that while it washes off your clothes and makes them clean, it also dries the clothes.

This way, once your whirlpool washer makes your clothes clean, the whirlpool drying ensures that it is drained of every bit of water.

However, if your Whirlpool dryer is faulty, your clothes will still be wet. 

Your whirlpool dryer shuts off after a few seconds or minutes due to various faults in several device components. For example, your dryer motor may be faulty; the drum belt may have issues; the door latch could be defective; the control panel could be faulty. I will address each fault and state how to fix it.

What are the Various Faults that Could Lead to the Whirlpool Dryer Shutting Off?

Many faults could cause the Whirlpool duet dryer to shut off. They range from the power cord to even the thermal fuse being faulty.

These faults are listed and explained below: 

#1. Power Cord Fault

For the Whirlpool duet dryer to function correctly, it must be connected to a functioning power source.

The power outlet and the power cord must not have any faults to ensure this connection. 

First, you must firmly connect the power cord to the electrical outlet. If it is not linked correctly, there would be a lapse in transferring power to the dryer. 

Moreover, if the power cord is defective, then the dryer would not pick up electrical signals and thus, shut off at various points.

To check if your power cord is faulty, look out for openings in the rubber encasing.

If there is an opening, the wires will be visible. The exposed cables will hamper the transfer of electricity to the duet dryer.

#2. Dryer Vent Fault

The dryer vents are capable of removing air from the dryer. However, if residual air remains in the dryer, it could cause the dryer to overheat, which would lead to a domestic hazard. 

 Lints can remain in the dryer vent, which will eventually clog the vent. If the dryer vent is clogged, it will automatically force the dryer to shut down to prevent any hazard.

Note that when textile fibers and other clothing materials accumulate, you can infer that links are present on the dress.

These links could fall off the cloth during the drying process and be stuck in the vent.

#3. Drum Belt Fault

Have you ever wondered how the dryer drum spins?

The mechanism that makes this possible is known as the drum belt: the drum belt dryer drum, the idler pulley, and the motor pulley.

Due to its chemical composition, a drum belt can wear out, which will automatically stop the dryer drum from spinning and shut off your Whirlpool duet dryer.

In such a situation, you must replace the drum belt immediately.

#4. Tension Roller Fault

The tension roller is also known as the idler pulley. The tension roller is located underneath the drum of your dryer. The tension roller wheel helps the drum belt rotate the dryer drum.

Because of its chemical composition, the tension roller could also wear out. Moreover, the tension roller could break, automatically affecting the dryer drum.

The whirlpool dryer would automatically shut down to prevent further damage.

#5. Door Latch Fault

Have you ever wondered what holds the Whirlpool electric clothes dryer door firmly, even when the lid lock is not activated? The mechanism that does this is referred to as the dryer door latch.

The door latch ensures that the door remains tightly shut, which keeps the wet clothes and the heat inside the dryer. This way, the clothes would dry off quickly.

The door latches are kept in place by tabs. Unfortunately, these tabs may eventually get faulty or, worse, missing.

When this happens, the dryer will shut down in the drying cycle.

Try opening the dryer to check if you have a faulty door latch. If you notice that the door seems a bit lose, the door latch is defective and must be addressed immediately.

#5. Control Panel Fault

The fault in the whirlpool electric clothes dryer is often attributed to a washer error code.

To access the washer error codes, spin the knob correctly by doing three complete rotations to the right, three clicks to the right, one click to the left, and one click to the right.

Then, click on “Viewed Stored Error Code” and check the error.

If it is an F01 error, it means that the control board/panel of the dryer is faulty. To resolve this issue, you have to erase the error codes.

#6. Thermal Fuse Fault

The dryer’s thermal fuse serves as a foil to the dryer’s heating element. This means that the thermal fuse steps in to prevent the dryer from overheating.

There are several reasons a dryer could overheat. It could result from a fault in the dryer vent, control panel, and even the dryer drum.

The thermal fuse prevents the dryer from reaching a critical stage.

Once the thermal fuse detects excess heat, it kicks in, which causes the whirlpool duet dryer to shut down automatically. It is often possible that the dryer is not experiencing excess heat.

In such a situation, it would mean your thermal fuse is faulty and needs a replacement. If you cannot do it yourself, you will have to contact a licensed technician to replace the thermal fuse.

Note that the thermal fuse is also known as the high-limit thermostat.

What are the Solutions to the Various Faults of the Whirlpool Dryer?

Each fault of the whirlpool electric clothe dryer has its solution that must be adhered to strictly.

Before attempting any of the solutions, you need to disconnect the dryer from a power source.

If you do not do this, you may end up getting electrocuted. I will list the faults below, and I will analyze their solutions:

#1. Power Cord Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution

  • Purchase a new dryer cord from any trusted appliance store.
  • Remove the access plate off the dryer.
  • Remove each strand of the faulty wire from the dryer. You should do this one at a time.
  • Plugin the new power cord.

#2. Dryer Vent Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution

  • Clean up the vent tube
  • Use a screwdriver to remove the plastic shield of the dryer vent 
  • Clean up the tube using a long and expandable brush.
  • Attach the shield back to its position.

#3. Drum Belt Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution

  • Take out the top panel of the dryer.
  • Unscrew the front panel and remove it.
  • Take the belt off the two pulleys.
  • Release the drum bearing by pulling up the faulty drum belt.
  • Remove the front guide and endeavor to remove the belt from the rear side of the drum.
  • Replace the belt.

#4. Tension Roller Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution

  • Disassemble your dryer.
  • Locate the tension roller/idler pulley
  • Have the tension roller replaced.

#5. Door Latch Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution

  • Remove all the screws on the edges of the dryer door.
  • Remove the door halves.
  • Remove the faulty door latches. You should use a plier for this.
  • Insert the new door latch.

#6. Control Panel Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution\

  • Clear the washer errors
  • In case the fault prevails, contact a licensed technician.
  • Have the control panel replaced immediately.

#7. Thermal Fuse Fault

Step By Step Guide to a Solution

  • Remove the rear panel of the dryer.
  • Pull off the spade connectors of the old fuse and detach the old fuse.
  • Using the spade connectors, connect the new fuse to the dryer.
  • Your high limit thermostat is functioning.


Several components on your Whirlpool refrigerator cause the dryer to shut down when they develop faults.

However, if you realize you cannot replace the faulty parts of your whirlpool dryer on your own, you should contact a licensed technician to handle the entire process.

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