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Diagnosing And Repairing 3 Common Dryer Problems

Even though you can hang your clothes out to dry on a line, having a dryer that works properly will ensure your laundry is completed in an effective and efficient way. Unfortunately, issues with the dryer may occur even if you use and maintain this important appliance properly. With this guide, you will be able to diagnose and repair a few common dryer issues.

Dryer Doesn't Dry

Obviously, your dryer needs to dry your clothes. Therefore, if it is not drying, your clothes will be damp or even wet even after running a drying cycle. To determine why your dryer is not drying your clothes, check the settings first.

For example, your dryer setting may have been turned to fluff or steam, which will allow the dryer to run a cycle, but it will not produce heat that is necessary for drying your clothes completely.

If your dryer is on the correct setting, though, you may have a more involved problem. Consider checking the lint basket next. If there is a good amount of lint clogging the filter, hot air will not move through the dryer tub properly, reducing the appliance's ability to dry the clothes.

The heating element may need to be inspected and replaced at this point. It is best to contact a dryer repair technician.

Dryer Doesn't Turn On

There are also instances where your dryer will not dry your clothes because the appliance will not turn on at all.

To get started diagnosing this issue, make sure the dryer is plugged in, of course. Also, check the fuse box to determine if the circuit has not tripped. You can also check that the dryer's outlet has power by plugging a small appliance or lamp into the outlet.

Finally, check the dryer's door. Many models will not power on if the dryer's door is not closed completely. If the latch is broken, for instance, your dryer may not power on. Repair the dryer door before having the appliance evaluated.

Dryer Doesn't Tumble

If your dryer turns on and dries your clothes but you notice the interior tub is not tumbling, you probably have an issue with the appliance's belt or motor.

Replacing a belt is a less expensive repair than replacing the motor, but you should have the dryer inspected by a professional to determine the exact cause preventing your tub from tumbling.

Your dryer may not seem like the most important appliance in the home, but it is still necessary for your family's needs. Call a dryer repair service for more information or assistance.