Just because your dryer has started to malfunction, it doesn’t mean you should panic. When it comes to appliance repair, things could be much worse. It doesn’t matter if you have an electric or gas dryer, dryer repair usually isn’t all that difficult. It’s something that most homeowners can figure out on their own. As long as your patient and have the proper parts, you’ll rarely have to contact a professional service technician.
Your Dryer Won’t Start
Of all the problems reported about dryers, the most common is that they owner can’t get the dryer to start. If you have a gas dryer, you’re going to want to make sure that the dryer gets enough gas. Not only do you want to check to make sure your gas tank has been filled, you also want to make sure the gas line hasn’t gotten switched off somehow, and that the gas line hasn’t gotten clogged. All of these things do happen from time to time.
Other reasons that the dryer might not be starting can include:
- The door switch not registering that the door has been closed
- A defective on/off switch
- Broken dryer belt
- Blown dryer fuses
- Faulty motor timer
- Broken or wrongly calibrated thermostats
When you pull clothing out of your dryer, you expect them to be warm, toasty, and dry. You don’t want them to be damp. The first thing you are going to want to check out will be that you did, in fact, turn on the dryer and run a load of clothing through a dryer cycle. If you have, you need to restart your dryer and make sure a significant amount of air is emerging from the external duct. The odds will be pretty good, that no air seems to be escaping. This means one of two things. Either your dryer has somehow shifted and pinched the hose, or that you have clog. If the answer turns out to be clog, you will need to make hire a professional to clean your ducts. This will also be a good opportunity to have your dryer serviced.
If the tech decides that your damp clothing doesn’t result in a blocked vent, they will look for other sources of trouble. The first things they’re going to check out will be the flame sensor, the dryer coils, the thermostat, and the door sensor.
One of the mistakes that many dryer owners make that can lead to some hefty dryer repair bills tends to be forgetting about the vent hose when they do maintenance work on the dryer. Not only can this hose become squashed and kinked, but it can also come lose and wear out. By checking the condition of the hose every few months, you’ll be able to keep your dryer in good repair.
The great thing about dryer repair tends to be that once you’ve identified a specific problem, you can narrow down the problem. If your dryer starts to shake and shimmy and make banging noises, it’s safe to assume that it’s unleveled. High-pitched squeaks indicate a problem with the bearing or idler pulley. A machine that spins without producing any heat generally has a problem with a heating sensor, thermostat, or heating element, and when the machine heats up by doesn’t spin your clothing, you want to check out the drum belt, belt tensioner, and belt motor. The sooner you address these problems, the less serious the repair will be.