Clothes dryers provide a major convenience for homeowners across the country. Washing and drying clothes is an essential part of your routine. But over time, your dryer will get worn down from regular use. So what are common dryer repair problems?
How to Troubleshoot Common Dryer Repair Problems
Dryers free up a lot of time in your day by speeding up the process. No more hanging your clothes on the line! That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs of common dryer problems and how to troubleshoot so you can avoid unplanned breakdowns.
Long Drying Times
A classic sign your dryer needs repair is when it takes longer than usual for a cycle to complete. If your clothes aren’t drying nearly as fast as they used to, it may be one of these common causes:
Clogged Dryer Vent
A clogged dryer vent will prevent heat and airflow from reaching your laundry, therefore causing laundry to take longer to dry. Dryer vents should be cleaned once or twice a year to prevent blockages and reduce fire risks.
Steps to Clean a Dryer Vent
- Unplug the dryer and pull it away from the wall so you’re able to access the hose.
- Disconnect the vent hose from the dryer ducts and wall.
- Use an appliance brush to pull out lint and debris from the hose.
- Vacuum debris in the vent hose, on the wall, dryer ducts, and floor.
- Use an appliance brush to clean the exterior dryer vent.
- Reconnect the hose, plug the dryer back in, and push it back into place.
Dryer Won’t Heat
If your dryer isn’t heating, the first thing to check is the heating element.
Defective Thermal Fuse
Thermal fuses are safety devices that prevent overheating. The thermal fuse prevents a dryer from overheating and creating fire risks. Anytime the dryer overheats, the fuse will automatically cause the power source to shut off. In turn, the heating element won’t turn on.
It’s also possible that the heating element itself is burned out. In this case, the heating element needs to be replaced.
In gas dryers, a faulty igniter can cause laundry to take longer to dry. Over time the igniter can break down preventing enough heat necessary to ignite the gas inside the burner. If this happens, the dryer won’t heat.
The efficiency of a dryer tells you a lot about how its health, so don’t overlook signs like long drying times. It’s more than just an annoyance – it’s a sign that your dryer not working as it should.
Other Causes: If the heating element or thermal fuse is not the culprit, check out this complete guide on dryer not drying clothes.
Dryer Making Loud Noises
Strange, loud noises are by far the most alarming sign your dryer needs repair. It may still get the job done, but you shouldn’t let it run without getting it repaired first, or else further damage can occur.
If your dryer is making thumping, squeaking, scraping or other noises, it may be caused by:
- Damaged Drive Belt
- Worn Drum Roller
- Faulty Idler Pulley
What are Normal Dryer Sounds?
A dryer should sound like a faint drum as it spins. Usually, we don’t notice the dryer making any noise until it’s making an unusual one. Another normal sound is a gas dryer that makes a buzzing sound as the solenoid valve opens or a short squeak at the beginning of a cycle.
Still not sure what’s wrong? Check out this complete guide on dryer noises here.
Dryer Won’t Spin
Another common dryer repair problem is when your dryer won’t spin. A dryer that is having trouble spinning or won’t spin at all will usually make loud noises like the ones we mentioned previously. When it comes to a dryer drum not turning, the most common part failures you’ll run into are a broken drive belt and worn drum rollers.
Broken Drive Belt
The drive belt helps the drum turn, and if it becomes loose or broken, the drum won’t spin.
Worn Drum Rollers
Drum rollers also assist in turning a dryer drum. When these rollers wear down, they can’t move freely, and the drum can’t spin. In either case, these parts need to be replaced to resolve this common dryer problem.
Other Causes: In some cases, the drum bearing is worn, or the drive motor has failed.
Dryer Won’t Start
Don’t give up on your dryer if it doesn’t start at all. Your dryer isn’t doomed as there are many simple reasons why a dryer won’t turn on.
- Check the incoming power to your dryer. Make sure the plug is seated correctly, all power switches are on, and reset the breaker.
- Inspect the start switch. If it is faulty, it may need to be replaced.
- Check for a broken door switch won’t be able to recognize when the door is closed, therefore the dryer won’t start.
Other Causes: A blown thermal fuse, defective main control board, and a faulty belt switch are possible diagnoses.
Once you’ve done some dryer troubleshooting and determine you need professional dryer repair services, give A-Tech Appliance a call.