LG Dryers: How to Change the Temperature [Easy Guide]

LG Dryers: How to Change the Temperature [Easy Guide]

You’ve got a pile of normal work clothes, denim jeans, and some bed sheets but they can’t all go on the same dryer cycle. So, find out how to change the temperature on your LG dryer in this article.

To change the temperature on your LG dryer, turn the cycle dial to highlight the setting you desire. You can also press “CUSTOM PROGRAM” to run a personalized cycle. If you have a ThinQ LG dryer, you can change the temperature via the ThinQ app.

Are you ready to change the temperature of your LG dryer? Then take a look at 4 easy ways you can do so coming up next in this article. 

Changing the Temperature of Your LG Dryer

Is altering the temperature of your LG dryer proving to be a lot trickier than you had imagined? If you’ve just got a new appliance and aren’t sure how to work it, take a look at the following 4 tips.

Turn the Cycle Dial

Turning up the heat in your LG dryer is super simple. Most of the dyers have a temperature dial that you can twist. You should turn the dial to indicate which drying cycle you would like to choose. 

Here’s how you can operate most LG dyers with a temperature dial:

  1. Turn the power button on
  2. Turn the dial to choose a manual drying cycle
  3. Press the “START” button

NOTE: If you do not press the “START” button within a certain time, the machine will turn off. The cycle settings will be lost and you will need to start over again.

Automatic Dryel Dial Knob
Turn the cycle dial to change the temperature.

Custom Program

Some LG dryers have a Custom Program setting. This program allows you to set up your favorite combination of settings and save them. That way, whenever you want to run your clothes through your special program it will remember the sequence. 

Here’s how you can set up and recall your custom program:

  1. Select a cycle
  2. Change the “DRY LEVEL” and “TEMP CONTROL” to suit your preferences
  3. Press and hold the “CUSTOM PROGRAM” button. This will save your custom program in the dryer’s memory to be recalled in the next step. 
  4. Press the “CUSTOM PROGRAM” button
  5. Press the “START” button
Dryer With Clothes Inside And Door Open
Set a custom program.

LG ThinQ Dryers

LG has a range of ThinQ dryers that are WIFI enabled. These dryers are designed to be remotely controlled by you. Some of them are even able to be voice-activated via Alexa, Google Assistant, and the ThinQ app.

To change the temperature of an LG ThinQ dryer, you can use the temperature controls on the front of the dryer. But you can also enter your ThinQ app or use voice controls to choose a program and turn the dryer on. You can then monitor your dryer via your smartphone. 

Manual Dry Cycles

Most LG dryers work with a variety of different temperatures. They are versatile, helping you to dry any type of clothing or bedding. Here are the heat temperatures available on a standard LG dryer:

  • Ultra low
  • Low
  • Medium
  • Medium high
  • High

Although you may not find these temperatures on your LG dryer, you will still be able to choose them. You can do this by selecting the right temperature for your clothes on the dial. For example, for a hotter cycle, choose a denim or towel cycle. For a cooler cycle, choose a lingerie or blouse setting.

Some LG dryers also have manual dry settings. This setting helps you to increase or decrease the dry time of your clothes as you wish. To decrease the drying time, press the “LESS TIME” button. Each time you press the button, the drying time will reduce in small increments. 

To increase the drying time, press the “MORE TIME” button. Each time you press the button, the drying time will increase in small increments.

Hands Filling Dryer With Towels
Increase the drying time to suit your load.

Why Your LG Dryer Won’t Change Temperature

But what if your LG dryer isn’t new? It used to change temperature just fine, but now you’ve noticed that it doesn’t do that anymore. What could be the issue? Coming up, you’ll see some common reasons why LG dryers stop changing temperature and what you can do to fix them.

A Damaged Cycling Thermostat

The cycling thermostat maintains the target drying time and temperature settings by opening and closing when the drum attains the right temperature. It’s typically closed to allow electricity to flow into the unit until the dryer heats up and opens when it achieves the target temperature.

A cycling thermostat rarely fails. But if it does, the dryer heating temperature either becomes excessively high, causing a tripped thermal fuse or too low, and you can’t change it. Sometimes fixing a cycling thermostat problem might be as simple as cleaning it thoroughly. In other cases, you may need to replace it altogether.

Faulty Control Board

All LG dryers feature a control panel for seamless time, temperature, and other setting adjustments. Each control panel has a circuit board that prevents the control board from working correctly if damaged.

If you’ve checked and confirmed no cycle or setting is preventing you from changing the temperature on your dryer, and the cycling thermostat works fine, you might be dealing with a faulty circuit board on the control panel. The easiest way to determine if this is the culprit is if the control panel is blank or if all the buttons won’t work.

In other instances, the control board might be on, but the motor relay is stuck in the ON position, and your dryer won’t stop spinning even after a cycle ends. Or, it might be on but displaying an error code. Suppose that’s your scenario; check out your manual or LG’s error code list to see what the code means.

Open your control board to inspect the circuit for shorted wires or signs of burning and other damage. If you do notice any damage, you have to replace it to change the temperature and operate your dryer normally.

4 Dryer Maintenance Tips

Some issues that make changing your LG’s dryer temperature impossible are preventable through proper maintenance. Here are some dryer maintenance tips to guide you:

Tip #1 Regularly Clean the Lint Trap

The lint trap traps and prevents tiny cloth fibers detached from laundry during drying cycles from getting into the exhaust vent. While it does a good job, accumulated fibers and other debris impede airflow. This leads to longer drying times, higher power consumption, and inefficient temperature settings. 

So what can you do to prevent this from happening? It is always good practice to regularly clean the lint filter. While at it, wipe the moisture sensor too, as it’s located near the lint filter and may accumulate lint, causing longer drying times.

Dryer Lint Trap Dirty
Regularly clean the lint trap.

Tip #2 Inspect the Exhaust Vents

Make it a habit to inspect your dryer’s exhaust vent for blockage and to straighten any loose ducts that might be limiting airflow. Check the dryer vent outside your house and the hose connecting it to the unit.

Installing Dryer Exhaust Vent
Check the dryer vent outside your house.

Tip #3 Avoid Wet Clothes

You risk getting dirt and other debris stuck in your dryer when you put wet clothes straight into it. Unless your laundry is fresh from a washing machine, avoid putting wet clothes in your LG dryer.

Wet Clothes In Dryer
Avoid putting wet clothes in the dryer.

Tip #4 An Annual Professional Inspection

LG driers are advanced but are complex machines. Have a professional dryer expert inspect and carry out any preventive maintenance on your dryer at least annually.


During the course of a week, you’ll wash blouses, denims, towels, shirts, sports gear, and a variety of other clothes. But you cannot dry these all on the same cycle. That’s why in this article, we have discussed 4 easy ways for you to change the temperature of your LG dryer. I am sure this has helped you learn to operate your LG dryer and change its settings.

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Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more