At some point or another, most of us have experienced a time when a load of clothes turned up still wet after a normal cycle
in the dryer. Apart from the annoyance and wasted time of having to run the dryer again, it also results in extra energy use.
It is important to attend to such issues, especially since they could eventually lead to a house fire. Some common problem
reasons that dryers do not heat properly include dirty lint screens, blockages of the vent pipe, or a twisted hose.
Occasionally the heating element itself might partially or entirely give out.
When a dryer does not heat or dry properly, one of the first and easiest points to check is the lint screen. In general,
lint should be removed from the screen after every dryer cycle. Even so, there is an invisible layer of residue that is left
behind on the screen, impeding the normal drying process. To clean it, simply rinse with warm water and a small amount of dish
soap, while lightly scrubbing the screen with a toothbrush. Let it fully dry before inserting it back into the machine. Often
lint can also get trapped in other areas of the dryer. The vent pipe and hose can easily become blocked. When the dryer is
turned off and unplugged, carefully check both of these parts to ensure that they are free of blockages. Similarly, a twisted
or kinked hose can reduce air flow. To fix it, simply untwist the hose. It is advisable to check it thoroughly for any holes or
tears, and replace it if damaged. Many people make the mistake of opening the dryer door during or immediately after a dryer
cycle. This is actually quite bad for the dryer since the sudden rush of cold air inside can damage the hot heating element.
Instead, give the dryer some time to cool down after a cycle before opening the door. For issues with a heating element, always
ask a professional to fix or replace it to avoid further problems.
Fixing a Dryer –
Find useful tips on troubleshooting common clothes dryer issues.
Troubleshooting Dryers – Review answers and
solutions to typical dryer problems.
Dryer Tips – Learn about how
to buy the best type of dryer and maintain it properly.
Dryer Maintenance – Maintaining a clothes dryer regularly helps to improve drying times and energy
Safety & Maintenance –
Taking care of a dryer properly also reduces fire risks.
Dryer Fuse – Follow a photographic guide on how to change a fuse in a dryer.
Dryer Testing – Learn how to test a dryer for various
issues and fix them.
Checking the Fuse – Find out exactly
how to locate and test the dryer's fuse.
Dryer Operational Issues – Learn how to fix
issues such as when dryers stop heating, make strange sounds, or cannot start.
Replacing and Fixing Parts –
This guide provides details on which parts to fix or replace for a problematic dryer.
Venting – Read about the best ways to vent a dryer to improve drying functions.
Lint Screens – Cleaning the lint
screen often is a quick but efficient way to keep dryers working well.
Exhausts – Clothes that are still wet at the end of a dryer cycle might indicate that the exhaust needs
to be replaced.
Lint Removal (DOC) – Lint can
build up in many parts of a dryer and hinder its normal functionality.
Regular Maintenance (PDF) – Learn about a
few basic tips for regular dryer maintenance.
By using a clothes dryer responsibly and taking a few moments to regularly clean and maintain it, owners can easily extend
the life of the appliance. Beyond this, these simple steps also help to reduce energy use and costs.