Dryer Repairs Simplified
When it comes to appliance repair, dryer repair tends to be pretty straightforward. The reason that dryer repair tends to be easier for the homeowner to handle than other types of appliance repair has to do with the fact that dryers just don’t have that many things that can go wrong. Dryers have minimal parts, so the number of things that can malfunction will be limited.
The fact that gas and electric dryers have the same design and parts means that if you can handle your own repairs on one type of dryer, you’ll be able to do the same with the other style of a dryer. The trick will be knowing what dryer repair projects you can handle on your own, and when you’re in over your head and need professional assistance.
Dryer Won’t Turn On
The best way to prevent this from happening will be to make sure you’ve connected your dryer to a circuit that’s capable of handling the dryer’s electrical needs. An electric dryer uses a great deal of energy, about 30 amps. Not only do you want to make sure the dryer’s connected to a circuit capable of handling the output, the dryer will probably be the only thing that can be hooked to that particular outlet.
Even when you’ve done everything properly, it’s possible that the reason your dryer won’t start could be because the circuit has gotten tripped. If the circuit doesn’t seem to be the problem, you will want to check things like the door switch, that the motor time is in good repair, the fuses in the dyer’s circuit box haven’t blown, that the on/off switch is in good repair, and that the thermostat has been properly calibrated. If all of these things seem to be good, you should check out the power cord and make sure it hasn’t been pulled from the wall, or developed a short.
Clothes No Longer Dry
Reaching into your dryer and finding a load of wet laundry could be nothing more than a result of forgetfulness on your part. It’s possible that you only thought you started the dryer, if you turn it on, run it again, and still find damp clothing, you need to start looking for another explanation.
The first thing you should do will be making sure that your dryer is venting properly. When it takes a long time to get clothing dry, it’s often the result of a dryer that has a clog in the line somewhere, something that can be easily dealt with by a vent cleaner. The best way to make sure you don’t get any more clogs in the future will be to make sure you keep the lint tray clear. A clean lint tray usually leads to clean vents.
Sometimes the problem can actually stem from a faulty part. When a dryer repair tech can’t find a clog, they will usually look for a faulty part. These parts can include the gas flame sensor, old coils, a broken door sensor, a broken door latch, thermostats, or a pinched hose. When you check the hose you need to make sure it’s properly attached to your dryer and hasn’t developed any cracks or leaks.
When your dryer spins but doesn’t seem to be producing heat, you need to check the:
- Timer motor
- Heating element
- Centrifugal switch/flame sensor
- Safety switch/fuse
If you’re dryer warms but doesn’t move, the problem could include:
- Drum belt motor
- Drum belt
- Belt tensioner
Squeaky driers usually need new bearings or a brand new idler pulley.