How to Repair Semi-Automatic Washing Machine Dryer

Though fully-automatic washing machines are dominating the market these days, most of the population uses semi-automatic washing machines.

And here & there the semi-automatic machine dryer might cause some problems and be irregular. If you are facing a dryer problem, then…

Instead of searching “Washing Machine Repair Near Me” and spending a few bucks — we can show you how to do it yourself.

It might sound complicated but relax; we got it covered.

So here are some standard troubleshooting methods that you can do yourself and possibly fix them.


Repairing Your Semi-Automatic Washing Machine Dryer

There are some reasons why your dryer may not be working, so let’s figure that out in a few steps and possibly solve that problem.

Before we get into that, make sure that you have your safety gear and have unplugged the wire. Ensure that there is no power source to the dryer as you might be prone to some electrical shocks.

While repairing, if you figure that you will need new parts, make sure you are acquainted with the model number and manufacturer as there is nothing more annoying than having the right part for the wrong or different model.

Also, keep your tool kit ready with you and add a multimeter to it; you will need it.

Tip:- We would highly recommend you to click photos or take some notes when you are dismantling the machine and removing parts, especially when working with the wires. It may seem easy at first while removing, but it may confuse you when you return to fix the parts.


Dryer Not Turning On

Dryer Not Turning On

Now, if your dryer is not working, then there could be many reasons.

So you might have to do some troubleshooting to figure out the cause.

The first step is to ensure that all the buttons are on and the settings are correct. Additionally, check if the start button is completely turned or pressed enough to start the dryer.

After you have figured this much, it’s time to look somewhere else.


Start Switch

Start Switch

If your start switch is not working, then obviously, your dryer will not start.

For troubleshooting this impediment, you will have to remove the knob from the switch by opening the upper cabinet.

You will discover wires connected to the start switch — now take a multimeter and set it to RX1.

Remove the leads from the switch and connect the multimeter’s clips to the terminals of the switch. Here you will get a reading of infinity.

Next, now go ahead and start the button to check the reading. If the start switch is not faulty, you will get a zero reading on the multimeter, but if you get anything other than zero, your switch is worn out and needs to be replaced.

You can easily find that online or at your local stores.


Door Switch

Door Switch

Now what this switch does is that it prevents the dryer from starting when the door is open.

If you have been using the machines for years, then lint or other debris may have collected around the door switch or the gasket.

This formation of lint might prevent the door from completely closing and engaging with the switch.

As for troubleshooting, you will just have to open the upper cabinet and look for the start switch — just above it, you will find the door switch connected.

You can then clean the door switch and the start switch with a wet cloth; try starting the dryer and see if it works.

Tip:- If you want to prevent such future occurrences, ensure that you are cleaning it frequently.

However, if that doesn’t work, there is also a possibility that your door switch is faulty. In this case, you will have to replace the switch depending on your manufacturer and model.


Jammed Seal

A seal is on what your drum inside the dryer rotates. If it is jammed or has restricted motion, it will prevent the dryer from starting.

You will need a tester or screwdriver for troubleshooting and open the back part of the washing machine.

Once you open it, you will find wires connected somewhere; you will see the motor for the dryer on the left side and few connections nearby.


Warning:- Before touching the wires with bare hands, please make sure that the main plug is unplugged and there is no electricity source to the machine.

You will also find a screw on the motor that is connected to the dryer or the drum.

To remove the drum from the dryer, you will have to unscrew the screw in the motor’s centre.

Once done, safely remove the drum from the dryer. After you have removed the drum, you will find a sort of seal inside the dryer.

Check if any lint or other materials is blocking the motion — if yes, then clean them with soap and water.

Also, check if the seal is broken or damaged; if it is broken, damaged, or worn out, replace it with a new one.

Note:- You can easily find the seal online — just search Buffer Seal for the washing machine, and you will get it.



washing machine motor

Lastly, it could be possible that your dryer’s motor might not be working and needs to be replaced. You can be almost sure that your motor is not working given that you have tried all the mentioned things.

The motor is readily available online and can be easily replaced.



Repairing a semi-automatic washing machine dryer is not so tricky after all, right? However, we cannot stress this enough but keep your safety gear on, and before working with electricity, close all possible connections.

If you have not been able to figure out the cause, it is probably best to leave the job to the pro, especially if you are new to repairing or doing DIY for the first time.

With that being said, please let us know which one of the mentioned causes worked for you in the comment section below.

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