Speed Queen Dryer Troubleshooting

William Pullman

Speed Queen manufactures several models of clothes dryers for commercial and residential use. The features of the models differ, but many of the problems that arise during normal use are common. Most can be fixed by troubleshooting the machine yourself.

Dryer Doesn't Start

There are several reasons why Speed Queen dryers may not start. First, check that the power cord is plugged into a working outlet. If necessary, plug a different device into the same power outlet to make sure the outlet is live.

Next, make sure the dryer door is closed--the dryer will not operate if the door is ajar. The dryer is started when the timer is set and the timer knob is pushed in. Make sure there is a time set and that the knob is fully pushed in.

Speed Queen dryers are equipped with a safety feature called motor overload protector to safeguard the components of the machine. When the feature is enabled, the dryer shuts down. Wait at least 10 minutes before trying to operate the unit again.

Dryer Does Not Heat Up

Some of the settings on Speed Queen dryers do not require heat. If the timer knob is set to "Cool Down," "Cool Tumble" or "Extended Tumble," or if the fabric selector is set to "No Heat," the dryer will not heat up. Make adjustments to the settings as necessary to enter a heat cycle.

If the settings are correct, make sure the exhaust hose is not kinked or clogged. Clean the hose if necessary. In addition, make sure the outside vent isn't blocked.

Dryer Does Not Dry All Clothes

If you find your Speed Queen dryer does not evenly dry all of your clothes, check the exhaust hose and vent as described above. Next, make sure the lint filter is clean; a clogged filter will restrict air flow in the dryer.

Small loads may not dry evenly as they tend not to tumble. If you have heavier items mixed with light items, the heavier items will take longer to dry. Consider sorting the load into heavier and lighter items prior to drying.

When using an automatic cycle, adjust the settings to "Max," "More" or "Less Dry." In timed cycles, increase or decrease the drying time.