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Tips on How to Repair a Dryer

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Tips on How to Repair a Dryer - Appliances Repair

Like many appliances, your clothes dryer may develop problems over its life that cause it to work improperly or not at all. A lot of these problems are preventable with some consistent maintenance, while others can be repaired when caught early. Here are some tips on how to repair a dryer.

No Heat

If the dryer tumbles but won’t heat, there’s likely a problem with the heat source.

1. Make sure the dryer is set properly.

2. If so, make sure that it’s plugged in.

3. If it’s an electric dryer, you may need to replace a fuse or reset the breaker.

4. If it’s a gas dryer, make sure the supply valve is open and the pilot is lit.

Clothes Won’t Dry

The most likely cause of this problem is clogged vents. Although there is a lint trap in your dryer, it won’t catch everything. Over time, lint can build up inside of your dryer vent. Similarly, birds and other critters might make a nest in the vent opening in your home’s exterior, so check on that, too. There’s also the possibility that your dryer’s timer may not be working correctly. Another cause could be that the dryer is pinching the ducting against the wall, restricting airflow. You should never use flexible ducting of any kind. Its inability to support itself and resist crimping can present a fire hazard.

Dryer Won’t Turn On

The main culprit here is usually the power supply.

1. Check the connection with the outlet. If it’s plugged in, inspect the cord to be sure it’s not damaged and test the outlet with another appliance.

2. If all of that checks out, inspect the door switch. It may be stuck or broken. If it fails to make a clicking sound, you might need to have it replaced.

Additional Help

Clothes dryers are among the most convenient modern appliances anyone can own. However, they often fail to work as they’re supposed to. When this happens, if you’re not able to solve the problem yourself, you should check out TalkLocal to find a reputable local handyman. We will connect you with up to three professionals in your area who will be available to help you when you need them.