How to Tell If a Dryer is Broken


A broken dryer is expensive to replace, so before you buy a new one or call the repair professional, you should make sure that your dryer really is broken. Though your dryer may not turn on or it may not thoroughly dry your clothes, that doesn't necessarily mean it needs servicing by a professional. By taking the time to check a few things before you call for service or junk your current dryer to buy a new one, you can save yourself time, aggravation and money.

Things You'll Need

  • Fuse
  • Electrical device
  • Lint removal kit
  • Check that you've plugged the dryer in. If the dryer is not receiving any electricity, it will not turn on.

  • Plug another electrical device--such as a radio, iron or hair dryer--into the same outlet. If this item doesn't work when plugged in, it indicates that the problem could be with the electrical outlet or the fuse. Replacing the fuse or moving the circuit breaker switch back into place could solve the problem.

  • Clean the lint from all areas. You'll need to open up the vent and dig any lint out. A lint removal kit can help you get the lint out from all the dryer's nooks and crannies.

  • Replace the thermal fuses. If the thermal fuses--there are two--have blown, your dryer won't work. If the thermal fuse turns out to have been the problem, it suggests there may also be a problem with the venting, so be sure to check the venting tubes.

  • Check for loose wires and hoses in the back of the dryer. Wires should have a tight connection and hoses should not have any kinks.

Tips & Warnings

  • A broken belt or inoperable door actuator switch may also be causing your problem. Repairing these requires a little more technical know-how than addressing the other potential problems, but is certainly not insuperable for most handy homeowners.
  • If your troubleshooting fails to identify the source of your dryer's problem, it may be time to consider calling in a professional.

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