A dryer is an appliance which deals with heat. Which means it tends to break often(compared to other appliances). SO taking regular care of your dryer keeps it going without problems for a long time. Best clean the dryer Vent often. Here are some dryer repair symptoms for our readers, please continue reading…

This blog post is an extract from the book called “Cheap and Easy” by “Douglas Emley”. Thanks to the author or their contribution to the society.

Dryers are relatively simple machines; they just don’t have many components. So most repairs stem from just a few common complaints: 

NOISY OPERATION

A vast majority of these complaints stem from drum supports that have worn out. It usually sounds like a loud, low-pitched rumbling sound that slowly gets worse over a period of several months or even years. This is a very common complaint in Whirlpool or Kenmore brand dryers about 7 to 15 years old. Your brand for specifies about replacing the drum support rollers.

In some models, notably GE, if a belt breaks, the belt tensioner will touch the drive motor shaft and a loud grinding or clattering noise will result. Replace the belt as described in your brand.

You may get a rumbling noise if a belt tensioner pulley seizes up or the tensioner spring breaks.

A regular clack-clack sound as the dryer drum is turning maybe coins stuck inside the removable plastic dryer vanes. This can happen in Whirlpool or Kenmore dryers, as well as some other brands, though it is infrequent. To solve the problem, open the top of the dryer as described in the Whirlpool section, then remove the plastic vane on the inside of the dryer drum by removing the screws on the outside of the dryer drum that holds it in place.

In some models, notably Maytag and Frigidaire machines, things can get by the lint screen (like pencils and pens) and get stuck in the blower wheel. Again, it’s a loud grinding sound , as if you were sticking something into a moving blower fan. See the section about your brand for details about how to get to the blower in your machine.

NOT DRYING WELL

(See also NO HEAT below)

Usually this is caused by poor air-flow. Feel the dryer vent exhaust (usually outside the house). If there isn’t a strong blast of air coming out, check the lint screen and open up any dryer vent you can get to the check for clogging. Also, check any flexible dryer vent for pinching.

In some machines, if the drum is not turning, there will be no noise or other external symptoms. The clothes will simply be laying there in a big wet lump and they won’t dry. The dryer probably won’t sound normal either. To diagnose, start the machine empty, open the door and look inside quickly, or depress the door switch to see if the drum is turning. If not, the belt or belt tensioner may be broken. To repair, see the chapter about your brand.

You may see similar symptoms if the motor has gone bad, except that you probably will not hear the motor turning. If the motor is locked, you may hear it buzzing.

NO HEAT, OR LOW HEAT

This can be caused by poor airflow in all dryers, but especially in gas dryers. Check the dryer vent and exhaust as described in NOT DRYING WELL above.

This can also be caused by a problem with the air heating system within the dryer.

TOO HOT

This complaint is sometimes caused by thermostat problems, but in an electric dryer, it may be caused by poor airflow. Check the dryer vent and exhaust as described in NOT DRYING WELL above.

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