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Part 2 of Electric Dryer Troubleshooting


What to do if your dryer takes an hour or more to dry clothes. The first thing to do is to inspect the ductwork and vents leading outside. Something as simple as a blockage might throw off the dryer’s temperature regulation and cause it to overheat. It’s also worth checking the heating element, as sometimes only a tiny section will stop working. It’s possible that the dryer would still heat up, but the drying time would increase. You should replace your heating element if some of it has burned out. Internal ducting is included in your dryer as well. Clogging will prevent your dryer from drying clothes effectively. Getting to the ductwork in a dryer typically requires taking the machine apart. Remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to look for obstructions in the ducting. A vacuum can be used to remove the clog. The thermostat cycling issue is not very prevalent, but it does occur. One thermostat that regulates your dryer’s temperature is the cycling thermostat. Replacing this part if it breaks is essential since it can affect how quickly your dryer dries clothes.

Check the rollers, idler pulley, slides, rear drum bearing, and blower wheel if you hear noise from your dryer. Wheels or rollers support the drum in most dryers. Wheels with excessive wear make a lot of extra noise. If so, you’ll want to swap out the whole thing. When the idler pulley ages, the drive belt loses tension and makes noise. If it’s worn out, you should get a new one. Glides, often made of plastic or nylon, support the dryer drum at its front. They should be replaced if they show signs of wear. Some dryers help the drum with a central spindle rather than wheels. The spindle could be a shaft that slides into a sleeve or a ball that fits into a socket. These can generate a horrible squeaking or screeching noise when they wear out. You’ll need to replace them instead of attempting repairs. The blower wheel draws air over the heat source, through the drum, and past the thermostats, which is then pushed out the exhaust duct. The blower wheel is typically plastic and can break down over time. It’s probably full of lint if it’s making noise. See whether the dryer still produces noise after you’ve cleaned out the fan and replaced it. If that happens, you’ll have to get a new component.

Do your freshly-dried garments have an offensive odor? Small lint fires can start in the dryer cabinet if the lint trap isn’t emptied after each usage. A fire may leave a foul smell in the washing machine. Dryers can intensify aromas to levels significantly different from those produced by paints, lacquers, and other similar materials. Use a vacuum to remove lint from your dryer’s cabinet or ducting. Any combustible liquids should be relocated at least 30 feet from the dryer. The next step is to throw some old rags in the wash to see if that helps with the smell.

My final piece of advice for fixing your electric dryer is as follows. Check the dryer’s rollers, rear seal, front glides, and front seal if your garments come out of the dryer with marks or tears. As I described earlier, rollers or wheels support your dryer’s clothing drum. They can produce a minor dip in the drum’s pitch when they wear out. Clothes can get pinched if stuck between the dryer’s drum and back. Both rollers should be replaced as they become worn. A felt seal can be found at the back of your dryer’s drum. Clothes might get caught in the dryer if the seal between the drum and the inside back is destroyed or worn out. You should get a new one if it becomes damaged or disappears entirely. Plastic glides may be used to stabilize the dryer drum in your dryer. When these wear out, the drum can drop, pinching items in the dryer’s upper and front compartments. If you suspect that this is the cause of your clothing damage, replace the entire set at once. The front seal should be checked last. Your dryer’s front drum seal is made of felt, much like the one on the back. If you wear it, your clothing may become trapped in the opening between the drum and the front of the interior. In that case, you should get a new one.

After reading this post, maybe you’ll better understand what’s wrong with your electric dryer and how to fix it. Remember that before attempting any repair on any electrical item, you should always unplug it from the wall. Otherwise, you risk injuring yourself along with your item.

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