Follow a series of simple Whirlpool dryer troubleshooting steps, and you might be able to save yourself a service call and the associated costs. Learn how to safely and quickly check for common problems. On the flip side, know when to put away the tools and call out a professional. After all, some Whirlpool dryer troubleshooting tips can actually void the warranty!
- Identify the scope of the problem. The lady of the house might be complaining that the dryer fails to get the clothes dry. In reality, it may not heat up sufficiently go get the job done. Then again, maybe she is using an improper cycle. Do not take anyone’s word for it but instead put in some wet clothes yourself and catalog the various problems that crop up.
- Check the obvious. Basic Whirlpool dryer troubleshooting tips require you to check that the gas is turned on (if you are dealing with a gas dryer) and that the appliance is plugged in. There are plenty of red faces to go around when a service technician fixes the supposedly broken dryer with the twist of a knob or a dangling plug. Double-check all hose connections while you’re at it.
- Check the lint trap and exhaust. Whirlpool dryers are finicky and do not tolerate inexpertly set up vents. If there is plenty of lint in the laundry and the lint trap has quite a bit of lint stuck to it, there is a good chance that the hose to the vent is obstructed. Disconnect it from the back of the dryer and the vent, take it outside and clean it. In cases of severe soiling, it is best to replace the hose.
- Get to the problem of conflicting codes. There is a good chance that unexplained dryer heat and odd service codes on newer models point to improper grounding. Check the heating element to ensure that there is no broken wire. Keep a wary eye open for supposedly stray wires that are touching the heating element.
If none of these Whirlpool dryer troubleshooting tips get the appliance running again, it may be time to bite the bullet and hire a professional to come out and take a look. Getting too deep into the bowels of the machine may quite possibly void the warranty of the appliance.