Clothes dryers are simple machines, which use a source of fuel to heat air with a fan and motor to blow it around. These machines can be handled easily without necessarily having acquired any expert skills.
In addition, most of the repairs are very simple and can be carried out by yourself to eliminate a service call and keep your dryer operating.
Here are some tips to assist you solve problem when your dryer is not working well. These tips may save you the cost of a service call or remove some issues to reduce the problem to be handled by a technician.
The dryer is plugged in, but still don’t work?
Sometimes the dryer is correctly plugged into an electrical outlet and it is still not working. You need to look at your central electrical box to check if a fuse has blown or may be a circuit breaker has tripped. You may be able to turn the circuit breaker on or replace the fuse.
This is the right time to check the voltage supply in the outlet using a voltage meter. Dryers need 240v to operate. Ensure that your outlet is functioning correctly.
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The washer is plugged in; circuit breakers are fine, but it's still not working?
If you have had any power surge or outage in your home, it may be the thermal fuse in the control panel of the dryer, which is damaged.
Normally, the thermal fuse “blows” in case of any surge of power or overheating and prevents further damage on the dryer. The fuse is expensive, but can be replaced easily.
Dryers need a door switch to engage it to work. These switches may break and need to be replaced. They may also get “gunked up” easily with some lint. Use some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to clean the main contact areas.
In case the dryer heats, but the rotation of the drum is limited, then check the rubber belts, which connects the drum to the motor. It, may be broken or loose. They are cheap and often easy to replace.
The dryer turns on, but cannot hear?
If a dryer turns on and unfortunately shuts off so fast (less than 5minutes), it is often a problem with either thermal resistor or the thermostat. The thermal fuse usually “blows” and switch off the dryer to prevent excess heat.
You can check the cycling thermostat, high limit thermostat, temperature sensor using a voltmeter to determine if they are functioning properly. Also, check the timer and the heating element to ensure they are receiving enough power.