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Common Problems with Clothes Dryers

If your dryer has stopped working, it’s most likely that one of the common problems with dryers has occurred.


Temperature Issues


You’ll first notice this frustrating problem when you throw in a load of clothes, hear the drum spinning like normal, and then discover a pile of wet clothes waiting at the end of the cycle. There are many reasons why the dryer does not dry clothes.


The first common problem may be as simple as a bad fuse. Check the fuse inside to see if there’s a break. If you’re not comfortable doing that, just call a laundry appliance repair expert to take a look. Damaged heating coils or a broken timer motor can also cause clothes not to dry.


There may also be a problem with the temperature switch. This can cause your clothes dryer to become too hot or the heat to stay off while the dryer runs. Another common problem with dryers that causes clothes to become too hot is a broken thermostat.


Drum Doesn’t Spin


If the motor runs but the drum doesn’t move an inch, it’s probably a problem with the dryer’s belt. The belt cannot be repaired so you’ll need to have it replaced.


Although it’s less likely, there are a few other parts that affect the movement of your drum. If your dryer has seen heavy use, the tumbler that moves the drum may have worn out. This part will need to be replaced. It could also be a problem with the motor or the idler.


The Most Dangerous Problem - A Hot Dryer


If you notice that your dryer is emitting way more heat than normal, turn it off immediately. It’s time to call a company that specializes in appliance repairs in the GTA. Unload the clothes and unplug your dryer and wait for an expert assessment. It’s better to let wet clothes sit in the laundry room sink than risk starting a fire.


There are a few common problems that can cause a dryer to overheat. The first step is to check the lint trap in your dryer. This needs to be cleaned after each load. You should also check the vent on the outside of your house. It’s important that both of these do not clog since they can cause a potentially lethal buildup of carbon monoxide in your house. A malfunctioning thermostat or heating coil can also cause the dryer to become extremely hot.


Dryer is Completely Dead


If your clothes dryer is dead and won’t turn on at all, check the outlet before calling an expert. It could be a problem with the outlet on the wall and not the dryer itself. The timer and the thermostat can also cause the dryer to stop working completely. You may also have a faulty start switch.


When your dryer won’t work or seems to be struggling, call an expert to see if it’s one of a slew of common problems with dryers before you replace the entire machine.

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