My Dryer Is Not Getting Hot Enough

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A dryer is one of the most convenient appliances to own. Laundry chores fly by when you don't have to hang your clothes outside to dry. However, if your dryer starts producing cool or cold air, preventing your clothing from drying, there are several possible reasons.

Considerations

  • A dryer needs the proper voltage to produce the correct amount of heat. If your dryer isn't heating properly, it's possible that the power supply is the problem. Make sure that the dryer is firmly plugged into the outlet, and if you have a circuit breaker or fuse panel, check to make sure that everything is in working order.

Theories/Speculation

  • Several things affect a dryer's ability to do its job. If an external source isn't causing the problem, then the dryer probably has a faulty part. Possible culprits include a damaged or burned-out heating element, a blown thermal fuse or damaged wiring, all of which will require replacing.

Warning

  • The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department recommends having your dryer serviced by a professional repair person. If the problem is caused by something within your dryer's mechanism, you could make matters worse by trying to find and fix the problem on your own. With the exception of checking the dryer's external power supply, you should leave troubleshooting to a professional.

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