Tumble dryer stops after a few minutes of the cycle

Last updated 28/12/2022 18:12


  • Tumble dryer stops after a few minutes of the cycle

Applies to

tumble dryer


Our current range of tumble dryers in Zanussi have both Sensor and Timed settings on them, so choosing the correct program for your drying is important. 

If you find your tumble dryer switching off after a few minutes of the cycle it might be useful to check the following.

Timed Drying or Automatic Drying

If you are finishing off clothes in the dryer that have been dried on a clothesline or clotheshorse or if the load is very small we recommend you use Timed Drying.

The Timed Drying cycle is found on the control dial, pictured below.

When you choose Timed Drying the digital display will read 10 minutes.

To increase the duration of the Drying Program press the Time Dry button, pictured below until the display reads the duration you want (each time you press the Time Dry button the duration increases by 10 minutes, up to a maximum of 2 hours).

The tumble Dryer will now dry for the amount of time you have selected.

Automatic Drying Programs are great when you are putting your laundry into the tumble dryer straight away after being washed in the washing machine. The Automatic Drying programs are found on the control dial pictured below.

Ensure that you have the correct size load in the tumble dryer for the program (the maximum load per cycle can be found in the user manual)

Choose the Dryness required for each load, for example, Cottons Extra Dry is great for items that you want very dry after the drying cycle. Cottons Iron dry will be suitable for items you wish to iron after tumble drying and will not be quite as dry as the Extra or Cupboard dry programs.

When you choose the Automatic Drying program the duration of the drying program will appear in the display, this can change during the drying program as the tumble dryer will use the Auto Sense technology to dry the clothes correctly without over-drying, see the short video below:

Check if the “water tank full” indicator is lit.

  • The appliance will stop the cycle if the water tank is full.
  • Empty the tank and restart the cycle.

Check the fluff filter is clean and empty before the drying cycle.

  • The fluff filter is found at the bottom of the door opening of the dryer, pictured below

You can pull it out and it opens like a book, the fluff can be emptied into the bin and if you need to the filter can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner and then replace into position and restart the cycle.

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