How to Deal with Common Dryer Problems


Dryers work with high temperatures. That’s what make these appliances so useful – especially when the weather outside is so bad that clothes won’t dry till spring if you hang them. But that’s also what makes them so scary, too. We have all heard of stories about fires, which have started in the laundry room, and wonder whether it will happen to us, too. The truth is that dryers don’t catch fire so easily, but then again if you don’t take care of them, hardly maintain them and never remove lint from the lint trap and the vents, your safety is questioned. Of course, not all dryer problems are so serious. Some are more innocent and only serious as far as your convenience is concerned. So, let’s take a look of the most common problems, how you can tell there is a problem and what you can do.

How to troubleshoot dryer problems

Let’s start with the most serious problem: the dryer is overheated. This happens when hot air is blocked inside the appliance. In order for the clothes to dry, the appliance increases temperatures which must have a way out. Air is recycled and must escape through the vents. But the vents are filled with lint produced by the clothes drying in every cycle and for this reason they must be cleaned thoroughly every few months. In the meantime, you must remove lint from the lint trap at the end of each cycle. With ling clogging the vents and the lint trap, carbon monoxide is build up and your safety will be at stake.

If your top load dryer seems to work but there is no heat or too much heat, it could be a problem with the fuse, the thermostat, the temperature switch or the heating coils and it’s best to have them checked and possibly replaced. If you hear the motor running but the drum doesn’t spin, the belt is probably broken or the rollers found under the tumbler are damaged. In either case, they must be replaced. If the clothes get burned, you will certainly need dryer repair service. The rollers and drum seals should be checked. If your dryer doesn’t turn on, check that it’s plugged in. If the fuses are okay and there is nothing wrong with the power, check if there is a switch on the door that is turned in the off position. That’s an easy fix. In a different case, the motor and thermal fuse must be checked and most likely replaced. Most of these problems are prevented with frequent dryer service and good cleaning of the dryer vents.