How to Troubleshoot a Whirlpool Duet Dryer Steam Cycle

The Whirlpool Duet Dryer features a special steam cycle that releases steam while drying clothes.
This release of steam helps to eliminate wrinkles and odors in dry items. During the steam cycle, a small amount of water is sprayed into the dryer drum after several minutes of tumbling with heat. The "Steam Status Light" typically comes on as the water is sprayed into the drum. If steam is not released during the cycle, a few techniques may help to troubleshoot and solve the problem.

Step 1

Make sure the water supply line is connected to the back of the dryer.

Step 2

Make certain the water inlet hose is connected to the faucet and dryer inlet valve.

Step 3

Make sure the water supply line faucet is turned on.

Step 4

Check the fuses at the breaker box that power the dryer. Make sure both fuses are flipped to the "on" position. If they aren't, flip them on.

Step 5

Spray a small amount of household cleaner onto a clean rag and wipe down the inside of the dryer.

Step 6

Make sure the lint trap is not full.

Step 7

Move the dryer and reposition the dryer vent if it has been kinked. Clean out the vent leading from the back of the dryer to outside the laundry room.

About the Author

Andrea Walk began writing in 2001, authoring user guides for technical software. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Loyola University, where she was a member of the Dean's Grade Review Committee for English. Walk is a member of the Automotive X-Prize team Global-E.