How to Troubleshoot Your Dryer

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Troubleshoot a dryer by cleaning the vents and checking the temperature settings. Find air circulation problems in a dryer with the help of this free video from a home repair specialist on maintaining and fixing houses.

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I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to troubleshoot some common dryer problems. Now most of the time when we find a problem with our dryer it is when our clothes are not getting fully dry after they have run a cycle. Now the most common problem we run into when we get into that is you might not be getting your proper air circulation so the first thing that you want to do is you want to check and make sure that every time that you run a load that you are cleaning this vent trap out. Now if you know that that has been cleaned out and you are still having some problems, in this particular front load end model here it has this plastic vent where the exhaust goes out and it has a couple screws back here and we can take this screw out and you can have a lot of lint that accumulates down inside this area here. Now it is very important if you do take this off to clean that out you want to make sure that you have some leather gloves on so that you don't cut anything. There are sharp metal edges that can be down in here so make sure your hands are protected before you reach down in there to pull any of that out. The next area is on the back side you have your vent hose that comes from the dryer to the outlet in your wall. Now it is very common for that hose to get clogged up with lint and then also in the back side of the dryer so you want to make sure that periodically that gets cleaned out particularly if you are having problems. Of course the most obvious thing you can look at is to make sure that your temperature settings, most dryers today have very low settings for delicates all the way up to a very high temperature setting just for your regular loads. So perhaps if it wasn't dry you might want to check that first just to make sure you didn't have it on a low setting for when you are doing towels or heavier stuff like jeans. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to troubleshoot some common problems with your dryer.

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