No one wants their dryer to stop working, and when you don’t have the luxury of an automatic clothes dryer, you may end up with soggy clothes needing to be hung on a clothesline. How old-fashioned is that? Because that may not be the best solution for everyone, below are some things to check for when your dryer stops working.
1. Not Connected To Power
This may seem like an obvious no-brainer, but the first thing to check when your dryer is not working is the power cord. Is it plugged in? No? That’s great. You probably won’t have to fix a broken dryer because it just needed to be plugged in. If the plug is in the outlet, you should also check to see if the fuse was not blown. Check your circuit breaker and ensure the switch is in the correct position.
2. Blown Thermal Fuse
The thermal fuse is a part of your dryer that is specifically made to keep you safe. If the drum overheats too much, the fuse will blow and signal that the dryer is not working properly. When this happens, the fuse will have to be replaced before your dryer can begin doing its important job once more. To check the fuse, unplug the machine and remove the unit’s exhaust hose. Now, call a professional to check the wire’s terminals for continuity.
3. The Door Isn’t Closed Fully
Your dryer will not work until the door is closed and fully latched. This is controlled by a switch. If you are closing the door and the unit will not power on, you may have a faulty dryer switch to replace. Again, unless you know what you are doing, it is best to call a professional to fix this switch.
4. Start Switch Is Failing
Another common reason new-age dryers are failing to work properly is that the “easy” push-to-start switch failing. When the switch works correctly, a simple press will turn your dryer on without a problem. If all of the other things are not the problem, the switch might be the culprit. This component is needed to send a signal to your motor to start tumbling your clothes to the nice and dry result you are used to. Thankfully, it is an easy part to fix. But again, consult with a professional if you don’t know what you are doing.
5. Broken Motor
This might be the last thing for a novice to check, but if your dryer stops working, it may very well be the motor has gone bad. The motor is an important part of your dryer unit and has the job of tumbling your clothes and starting the blower. If the motor goes, you have no dryer. If you recently heard loud humming sounds or other strange noises coming from the unit, it was probably the motor taking its last breath.
These are some of the more common reasons your dryer may have stopped doing its only job. If you are not sure what to do to fix your dryer, call in a professional to get it fixed.