Samsung Dryer Stuck on Cooling: Causes & How To Fix

When you buy your Samsung dryer, you only want to load your wet clothes into it, shut the door and let it run without any hurdles. When your dryer starts to give additional issues, it could be tasking and frustrating.

If your Samsung dryer is stuck on cooling, there are so many things to check and troubleshoot that if you can’t solve the problem, there’s something you aren’t doing perfectly.

This article will explain why your dryer might be stuck on cooling and possible ways you can fix it.

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Samsung Dryer Stuck On Cooling: Possible Causes

Diagnosis is unpleasant for many people because they can’t pinpoint where the problem is coming from. Without the correct information, you may be cleaning or fixing the wrong component. If your Samsung dryer is stuck on cooling or not heating up, below are some possible reasons.

  • Inappropriate power supply
  • Clogged air vent line
  • Clogged lint filter
  • Internal wiring issues
  • Burnt-out thermal fuse
  • Faulty control board

Samsung Dryer Stuck On Cooling: DIY Fixes

Dryers are designed to release hot air to dry clothes. Your dryers settings are just ways to control the amount of heat to release during a cycle. When your dryer is stuck on cooling and not heating up, it could be because there’s a clogged or faulty component.


If your Samsung dryer is not heating up, below are some troubleshooting steps you can take to diagnose and fix the problem.

1. Check the Lint Filter

Many models of  Samsung dryers won’t heat up if they can’t remove hot moist air. The lint filter is the first point that can stop moisture from escaping from the dryer, especially when it’s clogged. You should always clean the filter after each cycle.

  • Switch off the dryer and unplug the cord
  • Open the dryer door and remove the lint filter. (You’ll find it inside the drum)
  • Check the lint filter for clogs or debris that might have accumulated and clear it away.
  • You can clean the lint filter with a pipe cleaner.
  • Reattach the lint filter and close the dryer door.

2. Check the Vent

A blocked air vent is one of the significant reasons why Samsung dryers get stuck on cooling and might not be heating up. Over an extended period, the dryer air vent is prone to clogs. Sometimes dirt or small particles might block the vent and thus the passage of airways.

Even if you usually clean the lint filter after each dry cycle, debris and dirt can still get trapped inside the air vent. Consequently, moist air won’t be able to escape, and clothes will not dry.

Below are some things to consider if you want moisture and heat to have safe passage from your dryer so it can function efficiently.

  • Ensure the air vent is fitted and sealed correctly. Be sure there are no air openings or gaps where lint could accumulate.
  • The length should not be longer than expected. You can check the user manual for recommendations and instructions.
  • The vent should be clean and free without any compression

3. Check the Cycle You’re Using

Sometimes, the problem might not be far-fetched. You might simply be using a cycle that doesn’t run with heat. Your Samsung dryer has different settings, and some don’t require heat. You should check your dryer’s cycles, features, and settings to familiarize yourself.

4. Check the Heating Element

The dryer heating element is responsible for keeping the dryer hot so it can function efficiently. Generally, if it’s well-maintained, it should last for over 15 years, but it can also be burnt out because of wear and tear. If the heating element is faulty, the dryer will not heat up. You can check for fault or damage as follows:

  • Switch off the dryer and unplug the power cord. Turn off the gas if it’s a gas dryer.
  • Find the heating element. It is usually surrounded by a metal frame that holds it together
  • Inspect the element for fault or damage, including the broken coils.
  • You can also test the heating element for continuity with a multimeter. If the component fails, you will have to replace it.

5. Check the Thermal Fuse

You should also check the thermal fuse if the problem persists. The thermal fuse is a protective part that trips off when overheating. It protects the dryer against power surges or when it doesn’t work correctly. So, if the fuse blows out or malfunctions, the dryer will not heat up. You can run a diagnostics on the thermal fuse as follows:

  • Switch off the dryer and unplug the power cord
  • Remove the dryer back panel to have access to the thermal fuse.
  • Locate the fuse near the heating element or the blower
  • Test the fuse for continuity test by using a multimeter
  • If the fuse is faulty, you should replace it.

6. Check for an Error Code

Does this issue persist? If yes, perhaps it’s because other complications have arisen from the problem. Check for an error code in the dryer display panel. If there is, you should find the interpretation and troubleshoot it accordingly.

7. Reset The Dryer

You should reset your dryer as a last resort to fix the problem. Most times, when there’s a problem or error, a simple reset is all that might be required.

Electronic glitches or one-time malfunctions may be cleared when you reset the dryer. However, if the dryer doesn’t restart, you might need some additional troubleshooting.

You can reset your dryer with the following steps:

  • Switch off the dryer and unplug the power cord
  • Allow the dryer to rest for about 5 minutes so the electrical charge can clear away.
  • Your dryer is not reset, and you can start it again

8. Contact Samsung Support

If your Samsung washer is still stuck on cooling after applying all the troubleshooting tips, you should contact Samsung support for further diagnosis.


  • Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.