Have you recently experienced dryer problems and you are at lost on what to do? You throw in a bunch of dripping wet clothes into the dryer and left it to dry. After hearing the ending buzz, you walk over expecting to collect dry clothes. However, they are just as wet when you threw them in the dryer. One problem leads to another and if left unattended, they will definitely spiral out of control. Here’s what you need to know to identify such problems.
The drum spins, but no heat is generated
This problem could be due to bad fuse, bad temperature switch, bad thermostat, bad heating coils or bad timer. First you should check the fuse if it has a break inside. If the fuse is spoilt, you will need to replace it. You should use Volt-Ohm reader to check if the temperature switch, thermostat, heating coils or timer is malfunctioning. Follow the instructions on your Volt-Ohm reader to conduct the various tests with settings to RX1 or RX100. If the reading is not reflected correctly, then you will need to replace these parts as they are causing your dryer not to generate the heat normally.
The motor is running, but the drum is not spinning
More often than not, when the motor of your dryer is running but the drum is not spinning, the cause is a broken belt. If the belt is broken, replace it with an identical belt. However, there is a 10% chance that it may be other parts that is inhibiting the drum from spinning. This could be due to a faulty roller or a bad idler pulley. The roller can be found beneath the tumbler in your dryer.
If the roller has become too worn out, it will not work properly and will need to be replaced. Replacing a roller is easy – simply remove the tumbler that is sitting on top of the roller, then unclip the roller and slide it off. To install a new roller, just reverse the process. If the motor or idler pulleys are not in good working order, you will need to have them replaced too so that the drum can spin again.
The dryer is getting too hot for comfort
If your dryer is getting too hot, it is potentially a very dangerous problem and should be checked immediately. This could be due to a clogged vent, faulty thermostat or bad heat coils. To verify if clogged vent is the culprit of this problem, you should check both the vent and lint trap on the outside of your house. If either one of them or both are clogged, you will need to try to unclog the vent and or lint trap. This will also help prevent the risk of carbon monoxide from building up in your house which could be deadly. To troubleshoot or fix faulty thermostat or bad heating coils, you should use your Volt-Ohm reader to conduct the various tests with settings to RX1 or RX100 according to the instructions of its manual.
The dryer does not work at all
There could be several potential causes when your dryer does not work at all. First, the power could be off or faulty. You should use the Volt-Ohm reader to check the voltage at the power outlet of your dryer. To verify if the start switch, timer or thermostat is faulty and causing the dryer not to work, you should similarly use your Volt-Ohm reader to conduct the various tests with settings to RX1 or RX100 according to the instructions of its manual.
To verify if the terminal block is faulty and causing your dryer not to work, you should use your Volt-Ohm reader to check the voltage of the terminal block. You need to be very careful as the power needs to be on for this particular test. Do contact an experienced electrician instead if you do not feel comfortable to run this check. Seeking repair services as early as possible is definitely the way to go. The faster you solve your dryer’s problems, the smoother your daily routines would be.