Having a dryer in your own home means that you can pull your clothing straight from the appliance, and bundle yourself up in warm, fluffy softness. It also means you don’t have to go through the hassle of hanging your clothing out to dry in the wind.
The next time you think that your dryer has broken down, don’t assume that you need to purchase a brand new one. More often than not, repairing the dryer will be the most economical option. The other great thing aboutdryers will be that as long as you’re willing to learn, you can troubleshoot, and probably even fix it, all by yourself. Most people have found that when it comes to their household appliances, the dryer is the easiest to maintain and to fix.
Check out the Thermostats
It doesn’t matter if you have a gas or electric dryer, it will have three different thermostats, each with its own job. The cycling thermostat monitors the internal temperature of the dryer, keeping it between 125 to 165ºF. There is also the hi-limit thermostat which has been installed to prevent your unit from burning out, when the internal tem reaches above 175ºF, the hi-limit thermostat shuts off power to the heating element, giving thedryer a chance to cool down. You also have a non-resettable thermal fuse, which acts as a failsafe and turns off either the heating element or the entire dryer when things start to malfunction.
If your dryer won’t turn on, you need to check out the door. More often than not, the sensor in the door isn’t working properly, and will need to be replaced.
The Dryer Won’t Tumble
A failure to tumble seems to be one of the most common dryer problems. There are generally two reasons that the dryer has stopped tumbling.
The belt surrounding the drum has either broken, or worn so thin it can no longer rotate the drum. Replacing the belt, will have your dryer working properly again.
If the belt is in good shape, the problem is likely your motor, which should also sound very loud, and will need to be either repaired by a professional or replaced. Replacing the motor will still be considerably more affordable than purchasing a brand new dryer.
Lots of Noise
A noisy dryer can make you a little bit crazy. The first thing that should be on your list of things to check will be the balance. If the balance has gotten a little off, your dryer will thumb against the ground.
If you have a Whirlpool/Kenmore you should check out the rear drum rollers and idler pulley, both which seem to wear out in the Kenmore dryers.
Maytag tend to be prone to front slide kit problems that result in noise.
The GE/Hotpoint also has issues with the front slide kit as well as the rear drum center bearing.
Dryer repair technicians have found that Maytag and Magic Chef dryers tend to have worn blower wheels which can result in a noisy machine which you will most likely notice when you first turn the dryer on.
Check the Vents
A startling number of house fires start each year as a result of blocked or dirty dryer vents. In addition to removing the lint from the vents, you also need to make an effort to check the vents at least once a month and make sure they’re not blocked.