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The average family in the U.S. does about 8-10 loads of laundry a week. Imagine how a broken dryer could hinder your laundry cycles.
A broken dryer can easily cause instant laundry back-up and make you have to dry your clothes the old fashioned way. Here are some common dryer problems and how to fix them to get you back on track.
1. Drum Spins But No Heat
This problem can happen for many reasons. First, check the fuse by taking the back panel off. Make sure you unplug all the wires from the terminals and look at the fuse for any break.
To get a new fuse, you need your make and model of your machine or take the old one with you to any hardware store.
You can also check the thermostat when you have the back panel of your machine. Check the reading by setting the multimeter to RX1. Press the probes at both terminals and remove a lead from one of the terminals, and your reading should be 0 or the thermostat isn’t working.
The back panel also houses the heating coils. Check the coils with the VOM, and it should be 0 or the coil is bad.
2. Won’t Turn On
If your dryer doesn’t turn on, you can do some troubleshooting to see if it is a simple fix. First, make sure the power supply is reaching your dryer. Check the voltage with a multimeter.
If there is no power reading, go check your control panels to make sure there aren’t any tripped breakers. The outlet may need to be replaced if there wasn’t a tripped breaker.
Then take a look at your dryer power cord to see if it is frayed. These cords are prone to fraying because of age and use.
If none of these is the issue, you need to make sure you are comfortable dealing with electricity before moving any further.
You can test your terminal block, which requires the power to be on. To do this, remove the power cord access and check the voltage. Replace the terminal block if there is no voltage.
Check the door switch. This switch will keep the dryer from starting if the door is open. Lint and debris can collect around this switch or gasket causing the door not to shut properly. You can also replace your door switch if you think it is faulty.
3. Dryer is Not Spinning
Most of the time the dryer won’t spin because of a broken belt. You can replace your belt with an identical model.
Line up the new belt with the markings on the drum. Wind it around both the idler pulley and motor pulley, and it is ready.
There is also a roller underneath the tumbler. The roller could be bad, and it is simple to switch out. Unscrew the front panel and take out the tumbler, and then remove the retaining clip and replace the roller.
It could possibly be the motor if these items do not work. This is a little more complicated and you may need to call a washer and dryer repair company.
4. Clothes Are Still Wrinkled
If your clothes come out of the dryer wrinkled, there could be a few things you can do to fix this problem. The good news is that you won’t need a screwdriver.
You may want to start by making your loads smaller. Make sure you remove clothes immediately from the dryer. Don’t overload the dryer with multiple loads to save time; it will do the opposite.
5. Dryer is Getting Too Hot
If your dryer is getting hot, you should check it immediately. Make sure to let the dryer cool before you check the problem.
Check your vent and your lint trap. If either is clogged, carbon monoxide can buildup in your home and your dryer can overheat. Clean those clogs immediately or hire a company to clean your vents.
Make sure you clean your lint traps out after each use and have your vents cleaned regularly.
If there is no clog, it could be a faulty thermostat or heating coils.
6. Takes Too Long for Clothes to Dry
If your clothes seem to take too long to dry, it’s time to look at your lint filter. If you don’t clean your filter, the lint buildup forces your dryer to work harder than it should. Since the air can’t flow freely, it will take longer to dry clothes.
If you notice specks on your clean clothes, you have a clog in the filter. Just like mentioned above, you need to address this immediately because a clogged dryer can overheat and cause a fire.
There are about 2,900 house fires caused by dryers each year, and 34 percent of these fires were because the dryers were not cleaned properly.
7. Dryer is Extra Noisy
Your dryer has several moving parts, and these parts will wear and can cause noises. You can hear noises such as thumping, squeaking, humming, and squealing. You will most likely need to repair and replace a part if you start hearing these noises.
The blower wheel can be fixed or sometimes even just cleaned. Lint and other debris sometimes make it to the blower wheel causing unwanted noises.
The main belt wraps around the dryer drum, causing it to turn. When the belt wears, you will hear a thumping sound against the drum.
Drum support rollers help support the drum, and when they wear, they can be really noisy. These rollers will wear evenly, so all rollers should be replaced a the same time.
Dryers have plastic glides on the front of the drum. These gliders will wear and need to be replaced in time.
Final Thoughts on Common Dryer Problems
It can be so frustrating when one of your main appliances breaks. When something happens to your dryer, you can see if it is one of these common dryer problems. You may be able to repair yourself, but make sure you are comfortable with electrical repairs and take all the precautions.
Keep checking out our lifestyle section on our site for other advice on your home and health to keep you up and running and help you solve problems like your dryer.