There are some issues that may plague your dryer and you may be able to troubleshoot and handle the problems yourself. This can be really useful when you don’t want to call in a professional for a problem that is too big for you to handle yourself. This can help you save some money in repair costs.
Before troubleshooting anything, you will want to check the obvious first. Make sure that the dryer is plugged in and that the circuit breaker hasn’t been flipped off. Once you have checked these simple things, you can proceed with your dryer troubleshooting.
7 Common Problems That You Can Troubleshoot Yourself
The dryer isn’t working after checking to make sure that it is plugged in and the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped.
This could be a problem with the fuse in your main electrical box. It’s possible that the fuse in the electrical box has blown. It doesn’t matter if you have a gas or electric dryer, it will require 240 volts to work. You can check the outlet that it is plugged into with a voltage meter. If the outlet isn’t working, you will need to call for the assistance of an electrician. If the outlet is supplying the proper amount of voltage, you will need to check the cord from the dryer itself. If it is not working, it can easily be replaced.
The dryer is noisy and vibrating wildly.
This is an indication that the dryer is not sitting flat. This will require you to level the dryer. If you don’t address this, the noise and vibration will continue. This can cause damage to the area in which the dryer is sitting.
The dryer turns on, but it is not heating up.
If your dryer is shutting off in less than 5 minutes after being turned on, this is an indication that the thermal resistor is malfunctioning. If this thermal fuse blows, it will cause the dryer to shut off to prevent the dryer from overheating. You can check this with a voltage meter and if this is the problem it can be easily replaced. You will also want to check to make sure that the timer and the heating element are getting power to them too.
The filter has been cleaned out, but the clothes are still not getting dry.
If the dryer is heating up, the filter has been cleaned out, and the clothes are still taking too long to dry, there are 2 things that you need to check. First, check the vent system and make sure that it is not clogged or disconnected from the dryer. If it is clogged, you can use a bristle brush to clean it out.
If the brush will not reach, you can use a leaf blower to clean out the vent system. If you find that there is a plastic, flexible hose in your vent system, you should replace it with a rigid vent. This is a serious fire hazard, and why new building codes require rigid dryer vents.
If the vent in the house looks good, you will want to go and check the vent outside. There is a trap door that opens when the dryer blows air and lint out of the vent. If this outdoor vent gets covered in lint, it will not open. You should check this vent every few months to make sure that it is not obstructed in any way.
The clothes are taking too long to dry.
You may have a problem with your lint filter if your clothes are coming out covered in lint or they are taking too long to dry. If the filter is full, air will not be able to freely flow through and, the dryer will have to work harder than necessary. You will want to make sure that the filter is empty and clean. A full lint filter can also be a fire hazard. It is also a good idea to use rubbing alcohol to clean the electronic moisture sensors.
I have no idea what the problem could be.
This is where the owner’s manual for your dryer will come in handy. You will want to read through the manual. If you don’t have the actual manual, might be able to find a copy of the manual on the manufacturer’s website.
I don’t know what the problem is.
This is when Burt’s Appliance Repair in Gilbert, AZ will come in handy. Our professional technicians will be able to come in and figure out what the problem is. Give us a call and let us help get your dryer up and running.