3 Common Dryer Problems And How To Troubleshoot Them Yourself

Posted on: 29 June 2015

Having a clothes dryer is a great convenience, but it's one that people often take for granted until they run into trouble. Few things are more frustrating than throwing a load of wet laundry into the dryer, only to return in 30 minutes and have them still be wet. If you're experiencing issues with your clothes dryer, read on to learn how to troubleshoot a few of the most common mechanical problems. You may even be able to fix some yourself.

The Drum Isn't Spinning

If you hear your dryer's motor turn on but the drum doesn't appear to be spinning, there are a few possibilities that you'll want to consider. More often than not, a broken belt is to blame; but the good news is that this is a fix you can do yourself for very little expense. Dryer belts can be found at your local home improvement store; just be sure to purchase the right size by measuring the length of your previous belt. Other possible causes of a drum not spinning include a bad roller or a worn pulley (both of which will need to be repaired by a professional). 

Clothes Spin, But Don't Dry

Another common dryer problem is that the drum spins, but there's no heat being kicked out. Start by checking your dryer's fuse to make sure that it's not burned out, as this is an easy and cheap fix. It takes just a few seconds to change a fuse; just be sure to turn off power to your dryer before you do so. If it's not a fuse, your temperature switch could be bad and you'll need a volt-Ohm reader (VOM) to check it. It's also possible that your thermostat or coils could be bad, which will need to be replaced by a professional.

The Dryer is Overheating

Finally, if your dryer is overheating, discontinue use immediately, as this can present a fire hazard. Check your dryer lint trap to ensure that it's not clogged, and then vacuum/clean out your dryer vent as thoroughly as possible. Over time, lint can become lodged in your dryer's vents and can cause overheating of the unit. If left untreated, the flammable lint could be overheated to the point that a fire starts. For this reason, it's recommended that homeowners clean their dryer vents at least every couple of years. If none of these problems sounds familiar, talk with a dryer repair professional in your area.