The dryer works by using a simple method to dry clothes. An inner drum spins the clothes and circulates heated air through them. This heats the clothes to remove moisture. You probably use your dryer at most once per week. You want to repair the dryer as soon as possible if it stops working.
These simple tips will help you identify the problem with your electric and gas dryers and let you know if it is possible to repair it or if you have to call a professional to have your dryer repaired.
Dryer not working
Dryer not drying clothes could be due to a damaged part or a dryer that isn’t receiving enough power. Before you look at the dryer’s interior, make sure to check the power cord, plug and breakers.
- You must ensure that the dryer is properly plugged in, and that the cord or plug are not damaged.
- Check the breaker box for an electric dryer to ensure that it hasn’t been thrown. Your dryer runs on 240 volts so only one-half a double breaker can be thrown. This could cause dryers to stop heating even when they are running.
- Gas dryers should be checked for gas leakage. If the dryer is not heating or running, you need to check the breaker.
After you have ruled out these easy fixes, you can start looking at ways to fix dryers that aren’t drying. These problems could be specific:
- Dryer won’t heat
- Dryer will not start
- Dryer won’t spin
- Dryer makes lots of noise
- The stops are more dry than the starts
Important: Unplug your dryer before you do any repairs or tests. Also, turn off any gas dryers.
Dryer, not heating
A faulty dryer heating element is often the reason why an electric dryer doesn’t heat up even when it’s running. A multimeter is a tool that can be used to check the heating element. This tool will tell you if the electrical path is broken. The reading should read approximately 15 ohms. Replace the dryer heating element if there is no continuity.
If the thermal fuse blows, the gas dryer won’t heat up. This is usually due to the dryer heating too much. If you are unable to measure continuity, use a multimeter.
Dryer not starting
There are many reasons why your dryer may not start. You should first check the power supply. This could be the problem and not the dryer. Check the circuit breaker of your dryer if it is plugged in completely. An electric dryer will have two breakers, while a gas dryer only has one. You can’t always tell if a breaker has tripped so flip it off and then turn it back on.
Common dryer problems include a defective door switch or start switch, and control issues such as a broken dryer clock or electronic control board.
- The dryer may not start if the door switch is damaged. To activate the door switch, close the dryer door completely. Open the door and press the lever to test the switch. Failure of the door switch could be the reason why the dryer doesn’t start.
- An electric dryer that has a blown thermal fuse can often not start. The thermal fuse is located on the blower housing. Check for continuity by unplugging the dryer. If the multimeter shows no continuity, replace the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse may have blown due to a blockage in the exhaust vent.
- A broken push-to start switch could stop dryers from starting if they have a dial timer. To check continuity through the push to-start switch, use a multimeter. If continuity is not being measured between the push to-start switch motor and push-to start switch, replace it. Alternately, the motor switch contact could be broken. Follow the dryer’s wiring diagram to check for continuity between the motor and timer. You don’t need the wiring diagram, or this task seems too difficult to complete on your own. A service technician can check the timer.
- An electronic dryer is controlled by a circuit board. This circuit board controls the components of the dryer. The dryer will not start if the circuit board is damaged. The circuit board can be found in the main control panel. Unplug it. You might find burn marks on the circuit board or shorted areas. It is best to have a professional fix the circuit board if it is defective.
Dryer Drum Not Turning
The dryer may not start if the drum doesn’t turn. Remove the belt from the dryer drum and turn it with your hand to check the bearing. If the drum does not turn, it is time to replace the bearing.
The drive belt may be worn if the dryer motor is running but the drum does not turn. If the belt is worn, unplug the dryer and replace it. Even if your dryer isn’t having problems, it’s a good idea to replace any old belt.
Dryer Making Noises
The idler pulley assembly could be responsible for dryer making squeaking and squealing sounds. The friction of the idler pulley assembly regulates the tension on the drum belt. The idler pulley can fail over time.
Dryer Starts, Then It Stops
You might be surprised when your electric dryer turns off and you return to find that your clothes are still damp. If your dryer stops working or starts too quickly, it could be a thermal fuse.
The dryer thermal fuse detects the temperature of the air that is flowing to the vent. The fuse blows if the air is too hot and stops an electric dryer. A gas dryer will continue to run but not heat. The thermal fuse must be replaced if it trips.
Pay attention to warning signs that your dryer may not be working as it should. Dryers that are not drying properly today could indicate it is time for repairs.
Dryer maintenance is recommended to maintain dryer in top condition. This includes cleaning out the vent tube, drum cleaning and removing lint.