Your clothes dryer is one of the most important time savers in your home. Without a reliable dryer, your laundry will take a long time to dry when the weather is bad. Like any other household appliance, dryers can break down from time to time. Here are some of the most common dryer problems that you will likely encounter at some point.
When you push all the right buttons, but your dryer does not turn on, there could be a few reasons. Before calling your local appliance repair service, you should first check your power supply as well as the plug. If your electricity is out or if the plug is faulty, then there’s no reason to call an appliance repair technician. If neither of these possible causes is to blame, then it could be something as simple as a blown fuse or an electrical issue somewhere that’s causing these dryer problems. Just to be safe, make sure you pressed the start button all the way and that you properly shut the door. If the dryer door is not closed, it will not start. Once you have exhausted all of these possible causes and your dryer still won’t start, call a certified appliance repair technician for speedy repairs.
If your dryer doesn’t get warm, your laundry will obviously not dry properly. The first thing you need to check is whether you’ve selected the appropriate heat settings. Some parts that could be to blame include the heating element, thermal fuse, the wiring, or the igniter. You might be able to check the heating element for damage but, for the most part, it’s best to call a professional for expert diagnosis and repairs. If you do decide to inspect your dryer, make sure that you unplug it first. Check the exterior wiring and cables for obvious damage.
If your dryer turns on and heat is working, but the drum does not turn, there could be a problem with the motor, belt, or other worn support parts. Even if the part is not broken, excessive wear and tear can cause malfunctions. Given the location of these parts, there’s not much you can do to diagnose the problem yourself. It’s best to leave this to the professionals since they will work faster and you won’t run the risk of additional damage. If you hear a buzzing noise, it could indicate a seized motor. Make sure that you mention any strange noises to your appliance repair team.
While your dryer will never be completely silent, there are some sounds that are reason for concern. As briefly mentioned above, a buzzing noise accompanied by a drum that does not turn may indicate a seized motor. If you notice excessive vibrations or loud noises, it could mean that you need to replace worn drum supporting parts. A slight squeak at the beginning of the drying cycle is normal, but if this continues, you might want to have somebody check it out as soon as possible. Bearings that get worn out can also make a rubbing noise, and it’s good to have the problem resolved before additional damage occurs.
If you remove your laundry from the dryer immediately after the dry cycle is complete, then you should not have any problems with wrinkles. In case you leave your clothes in the dryer, you will most likely need to do a fair bit of ironing. If you overload your dryer, it can also result in wrinkled laundry. In addition, you should always select the appropriate drying cycle and make the most of the permanent press cycle too.