10 Common Dryer Problems and How to Fix Them Yourself

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Michael Foster
May 30, 2024
Home appliances
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Are you tired of the dreaded moment when your dryer suddenly stops working? It's like your clothes are holding a grudge against you for not giving them the proper care they deserve. But fear not, fellow laundry enthusiasts!
In this blog, we'll go over the 10 common dryer problems and how to fix them yourself. And let's not forget the keyword of the day: The importance of regular maintenance on your kitchen appliances. So, grab your tools and let's begin keeping those clothes happy and wrinkle-free.
1. Dryer Not Coming On
A dryer not coming on can be frustrating, but it's important to stay calm and follow the steps to troubleshoot it. First, check that the power supply and cord are functioning properly. Then, inspect the thermal fuse, start switch, door switch, and timer.
If any of these parts malfunction, they may need to be replaced. Don't attempt to fix any electrical components without the proper tools and knowledge, as it can be dangerous.
2. Dryer Not Getting Hot
A dryer that's not getting hot could be frustrating and indicate a malfunctioning heating system. In this section, we'll explain how to check the heating element, thermostat, and thermal fuse, as well as the importance of cleaning the lint filter and exhaust ducts. We'll also provide easy-to-follow steps for replacing any faulty parts, so you can have your appliance up and running again in no time.
3. Drum Not Spinning
If your drum isn't spinning, it could be due to a faulty drive belt, drum support rollers, or idler pulley. We'll guide you through the process of troubleshooting and checking these parts for wear and tear. Additionally, we'll talk about the importance of lubricating these parts to prevent them from becoming stiff or rusted, as well as the steps to replace any faulty parts to get your appliance back in working order.
4. Extremely High Heat from Dryer
When a dryer produces extremely high heat, it could be a potential fire hazard and damage your clothes. It's important to quickly troubleshoot this issue by checking the thermostat, heating element, and venting system. Ignoring this issue leads to more severe problems, including fires.
Additionally, cleaning the lint filter and exhaust ducts is crucial to ensure proper airflow and prevent lint buildup, which also causes overheating.
5. Dryer Making Noise while Working
If it is making unusual sounds during operation, it can be due to worn or damaged components. We'll guide you through the process of identifying the source of the noise, which includes the drum support rollers, idler pulley, or blower wheel.
We'll also cover the importance of lubricating these parts regularly to prevent damage and prolong the life of your appliances. If necessary, we'll provide steps to replace any faulty parts to restore the appliance's quiet operation.
6. Drying Cycle Takes too Long
If your clothes come out of the dryer wrinkled, there may be a few causes:
  • Check the drum to make sure it's rotating properly and not getting stuck.
  • Inspect the moisture sensor to ensure it's clean and functioning correctly. If you use a fabric softener dispenser, ensure it's clean and not clogged.
  • Ensure you're not overloading the laundry appliance, which causes clothes to bunch up and become wrinkled.
If none of these solutions work, there may be an issue with the appliance's heating element or thermostat, which will need to be inspected and replaced if necessary.
7. Clothes are Wrinkled After Drying
If you're noticing wrinkles on your clothes after drying, it could be due to a variety of factors. The first step is to check the drum for any obstructions or damage that could be causing the wrinkles. It's also important to ensure that the moisture sensor is working correctly and that the fabric softener dispenser is not overfilled.
Other tips for preventing wrinkles include:
  • Removing clothes promptly.
  • Not overcrowding the dryer.
  • Using the appropriate heat settings.
If none of these solutions solve the issues, it's necessary to replace any faulty parts, such as the moisture sensor or fabric softener dispenser.
8. Dryer Works for Short Period
If it's working for a short period of time, it may indicate a problem with the thermal fuse, high-limit thermostat, cycling thermostat, or heating element. These parts can become faulty over time and cause the appliance to shut off prematurely.
To troubleshoot the issue, use a multimeter to test these components and replace any that are found to be faulty. Ensuring proper ventilation and cleaning the lint filter regularly is important to prevent overheating and damaging these parts.
9. Lint Covering Clothes
Lint buildup inside causes lint to accumulate on clothes. To troubleshoot this problem, start by cleaning the lint filter before each load. If the lint filter is clean, check the exhaust ducts and venting system for any blockages.
A clogged venting system can cause lint to accumulate in your laundry appliance and clothes. To prevent lint buildup, avoid overloading it, use dryer sheets or fabric softeners, and clean the lint filter and exhaust ducts regularly. If the problem persists, consider replacing the lint filter or other faulty parts.
10. Dryer Works and Vibrates Unusually
If it is working but vibrating unusually, it could be due to several reasons. The first thing to inspect is the leveling feet, as an unbalanced dryer can cause vibrations. Next, check the drum support rollers and blower wheel for any damage or wear and tear.
These parts can also cause vibration if they are not functioning properly. In case of faulty parts, we'll provide steps to replace them to prevent further vibration and potential damage to the appliance.

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In a nutshell, dryers can be a pain in the lint trap when they're not working properly. But don't worry; we've covered the most common problems and solutions to keep your appliance running smoothly. Remember, regular maintenance is crucial to prevent issues and extend the life of the appliances.
That's where Home Alliance comes in – our expert technicians are ready to tackle any dryer repair or appliance maintenance service needs. So, let's show our appliances some love and contact us for all your appliance service needs. Trust us, your dryer (and your clothes) will thank you!