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Common Dryer Problems and How to Fix Them

December 23, 2019

There are a few key appliances that have really made household chores much easier and more convenient for the typical household, and dryers commonly fall into that category. After all, modern families rarely have the time or, for urban dwellers, space, to hang clothes out to dry as your grandparents may have done.

 

Dryers undeniably make laundry a lot easier, which is why most households and multi-family complexes have them.

 

When you depend on your dryer so much, it can be a real problem when it falters and doesn't work the way it should. The thing is, there could be any number of things that may be wrong with the machine that warrant some attention.

 

Here are some of the more common issues with clothes dryers and what you can do about them.

 

No Heat

Your clothes will never dry if the dryer isn't generating any heat. There are a number of issues that may cause the dryer to fail to heat up to effectively dry your clothes.

 

For starters, check the heating element to see if it's broken or burned out. You can also check its continuity using a multimeter to see if there's an issue there. If this is the source of the problem, you should be able to easily replace the element with a new one from a hardware store in your area or online.

 

If the element is not the problem, check the thermal fuse to see if it's burned out. This fuse is a safety feature that prevents the dryer from overheating. If it's burned out, it will have to be replaced.

 

The problem could even be something to do with the power cord that's supplying the power needed to get your dryer going. Check if there are any broken connections or signs of burns. Just make sure to unplug the dryer first before doing so.

 

The Dryer Isn't Tumbling

Your clothes will take forever to dry if the machine doesn't tumble, and even after the clothes are dry, they'll likely be wrinkled.

 

Though there could be many reasons the dryer isn't tumbling your clothes, the most likely reason is that the belt is defective. If that's the case, the drum certainly won't turn. A dryer belt that's worn out or in rough shape will need to be replaced. You should be able to find a replacement online using the dryer's model number.

 

It's Making Strange Noises

You know how your dryer sounds when it's operating properly. So when you start to hear weird noises, you might be wondering why. These noises might be a sign that your dryer needs a little TLC.

 

Check the blower wheel to see if there's any lint in there that may be preventing the component from working properly. If that's the case, clean it out. Otherwise, check to see if there are any obvious signs of problems with the blower wheel that may warrant a new one.

 

The drum support rollers might also be the culprits. These components support the drum, so if they're not working properly, they won't provide adequate support, which can cause the machine to make loud noises.  

 

How to Ditch the Dryer For Good

Instead of having to deal with dryer problems, let someone else tackle your laundry for you! With Tide Cleaners, you can have the luxury of simply dropping off your laundry at a locker and picking it up when all your garments are cleaned, dried, and folded.

 

With the handy Tide Cleaners app, all you need to do is input information on where you've dropped your laundry off along with any special cleaning instructions, then wait for notification that it's done.

 

You'll never have to deal with dryer problems again. Laundry has never been this easy!

 

Download the Tide Cleaners app today to get started with your first load!

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