When your dryer is having issues, there are some fixes you can carry out on your own to get it working efficiently again. The following are a few things you can try.
DIY methods to get your dryer working again
- Check the power. Ensure that your dryer is plugged in and that its circuit breaker isn’t tripped or its fuse isn't blown. Dryer failures are a known culprit when it comes to tripped circuit breakers and blown fuses.
- Check the thermal fuse. If it's blown, an electric dryer won’t run and a gas dryer won’t heat. You can check continuity through the fuse with a multimeter; the fuse is usually easy to replace if the meter doesn’t measure continuity.
- Check that clanging sound. Is your dryer noisy when it is running? If it is, a variety of issues could be the cause. The simplest solution for this is to see if any coins or other metal objects might have fallen out of your clothes' pockets inside the dryer. It could also mean that your dryer is not balanced and needs to be leveled.
- Listen for the click. If you aren't hearing a clicking sound when you shut the dryer door, it isn't latching properly. This could be why your dryer won't start.
If you have checked all of these simple issues and your dryer still isn't working properly, it could be that a part is broken and needs to be replaced.
Common dryer parts that need replacing
- The motor: The motor is the lifeblood of the dryer. If it goes out, your dryer will not function at all.
- Belts: Over time, the belt that rotates the dryer's drum will wear out and need to be replaced. A good sign that belts are wearing out is that the belts begin to slip repeatedly.
- Heating elements: You can't have a dryer without proper heat. You will find a heating element in electric dryers. If your dryer doesn't seem to be getting as hot as it usually does, it could be a faulty heating element.
- Thermal fuse: If this fuse blows out, an electric dryer won't run and a gas dryer won’t heat.
- Lint screen: If you are finding lint clogs in your dryer’s exhaust duct, your lint screen could be broken. Replacing the screen is as simple as taking it out and inserting a new one.
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Even with proper maintenance, your dryer could experience problems from time to time. Luckily, many of those issues are easy for you to fix yourself as long as you have the right dryer parts. At Sears PartsDirect, we have been committed for decades to getting our customers the parts they need at low prices.