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Quick Facts About Troubleshooting Your Dryer

Quick Facts About Troubleshooting Your Dryer

The idea behind your dryer is quite simple: it uses an inner drum and heated air to dry your clothes and remove moisture through its exhaust hose. However, there is still a lot that can malfunction and stop your dryer from working. And if, or rather when, that happens, you may find yourself at a bit of a loss with what to do.Below, we have put together a quick guide to help you figure out what may be going wrong and how to fix it. But before you perform any tests or repairs, we urge you to unplug your dryer and, in case of a gas dryer, also shut off the gas supply!

Dryer Is No Longer Working

The first step is to look at the plug and cord and ensure that it is, for one, safely plugged, and isn’t worn out or damaged. If it is an electrical dryer, you will also want to investigate the breaker box to ensure the breaker, or double breaker, hasn’t been fully or half thrown. If you find that this is the case however, you may have found the source of the lack of heating.In case of a gas dryer, you should look at the gas supply and then the breaker to see whether everything is in place.

Dryer Is No Longer Heating

In case of an electrical dryer, a lack of heating even as it is running, can often be traced back to a faulty heating element. To test the element, you will have to get your hands on a multimeter which is a tool that can sense breaks in electrical pathways. What you want is a reading of about fifteen ohms. Any incontinuity and the appliance repair expert in Stoney Creek will need to get a replacement for the heating element of the dryer.

When it comes to gas dryers that are running but not heating, you are most likely dealing with a blown thermal fuse. Chances are, it blew due to overheating of the dryer as a result of a clogged vent. Again, you will have to use a multimeter to figure out if the thermal fuse is the culprit and, if it is, you will measure incontinuity and have to replace the fuse.

Dryer Is Making Weird Noises

If you suddenly start hearing weird squeaks or squeals coming from your dryer, you most likely have a problem with the idler pulley assembly. This thing is responsible for controlling the tension on the drum belt through the method of friction. As time goes on, the idler pulley is dealing with a lot of wear and tear and may fail on you.