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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.

1-Dryer not turning on

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.

2-Dryer not warm

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.

3-Drum not turning

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.

4-Noisy dryer problems

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.

5-Clothing coming out wrinkled

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.

6- Excessive Noise is One of the Most Common Dryer Problems

The dryer in your home has a variety of moving parts. Each of these parts has to work in unison for this appliance to operate properly. If you start to notice your dryer making squeaking, humming or thumping noises, you need to call in a professional to take a look.

If the dryer is making a thumping noise, it could be due to broken glides. Most dryers have glides, which are small plastic pieces located at the front of the drum. As time goes by, these glides will wear and break, which leads to excessive noise problems.

An appliance repair professional will also check the condition of a dryer’s blower wheel and the drum support roller when trying to pinpoint the cause of this noise. If either of these components is damaged, an appliance technician can replace them in a hurry.

7- Clothing is Still Wrinkled When It Comes Out of the Dryer

The first thing most people do when confronted with a wrinkled piece of clothing is to throw it in the dryer. The heat and the tumbling motion the dryer provides usually removes the wrinkles. When wrinkles are still present after a load of clothing has been drying for a while, there is a definite problem that needs to be fixed.

In some instances, this problem will be caused by you putting too many clothes in at once. You may also want to change up the washer and dryer settings you have. If you try these things and the problem persists, the dryer needs to be repaired.

Replacing the heating element in the dryer may be the best thing to do in a situation like this. If the existing element is not producing enough heat, it could lead to issues with wet and wrinkled clothing.

8-The Dryer Won’t Tumble Correctly

The dryer in your Portland home is designed to heat up and tumble clothing with ease. When the dryer stops tumbling, you need to spring into action to avoid delays in your household duties.

A broken belt can cause a dryer to stop tumbling. If the belt is not making the drum rotate, it will be impossible to get clothes dry and free of wrinkles. Due to the complexity involved in changing out a dryer belt, you will need to hire professionals for this job.

In some severe cases, this problem will be caused by a seized motor or other damaged support parts. The price of replacing these vital components will be worth it.

9- Problems With the Dryer Overheating

As the old saying goes, too much of a good thing is bad. This saying applies to the amount of heat your dryer puts out. If a dryer starts to overheat, it can lead to your clothes getting damaged or even small fires.

A bad thermostat is one of the possible causes of this overheating issue. Waiting too long to call in a professional to fix this problem will put you and your family at risk.

Avoid DIY Dryer Repairs

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when faced with common dryer problems is trying to fix them alone. Allowing professionals to handle this complicated job can help you avoid making mistakes that only complicate matters.


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