5 Dryer Troubleshooting Tips

Surprisingly enough, most dryer repairs are very simple in nature, so why don't you take a look at our 5 dryer troubleshooting tips? Calling in a dryer repair person can be very costly, but you're in luck if your problem is discussed below!

  1. Clothes take too long to try. If your clothes are taking too long to dry, the first step in troubleshooting this issue is to check and clean the lint trap. It is also advised that you ensure that the dryer is not too close to the wall, because if it is, the dryer may be cutting off the airflow through the air duct hose. While you are checking on the air duct hose, you can also disconnect the hose to clean out any built up lint.
  2. No heat coming from the dryer. If your dryer is going into the tumble mode, but is not heating up, the first step in the troubleshooting process is to ensure that your dryer is on the correct setting. Settings such as 'fluff' and 'wrinkle release' may not release heat. There is also the possibility that a circuit breaker may have blown, so take a look at your breaker box. If you have an older dryer, you should check to make sure that the pilot light has not burnt out.
  3. Dryer timer doesn't work. If your automatic clothes dryer timer is not functioning properly, it most likely means that the timer has gone bad. If you are so inclined, you can call the manufacturer and order a replacement timer. You will need to access the control panel of the dryer to access the timer knob, which can typically be done by removing the screws on the top of the dryer.
  4. Dryer won't run. If your clothes dryer won't run, the first step in troubleshooting this problem is to ensure that the dryer is properly plugged in. Please be aware that your dryer should be plugged into a 240 volt receptacle. Ensure that the door to the dryer is closed, as the dryer will not turn on with the door open. You can also check your breaker box to ensure that the breaker has not been tripped.
  5. Dryer makes noise. If your dryer is making noise, the first thing to do is check the interior of the drum for any loose objects (keys, coins, etc). If you find no loose parts, it is possible that an internal part (drum belt, glides, etc) are no longer functioning properly.

Tips and Warnings:

  • Do not attempt to troubleshoot or repair your dryer using these dryer troubleshooting tips if you feel that you do not possess the necessary technical skills.
  • If you are still experiencing technical difficulties with your dryer, contact the manufacturer of the dryer or your local repair person.
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