As with any other appliance, there will come a time when you put a load of wet clothes into a dryer only to return 30 minutes later to find the clothes were just as wet as before. There could be a number of reasons for this occurrence as a dryer has many parts. Other indicators or noises can be a sign of broken parts within your dryer as well, including it vibrating more than usual, squeaking, dryer not tumbling or the dryer overheating. it is important to recognize these signs of trouble that your dryer might display.
Common Parts That Break Down
Depending on how much you know about appliances, it can be puzzling as to why one just stops working. Knowing what part might be broken can help you have a less expensive repair rather than replacing a whole unit. These are some common parts of dryers that tend to break over time:
1. The motor of the washer
One common reason for contacting a washer-dryer repair service is a bad motor. A professional should always replace motors that don’t turn on. With constant and heavy use, motors tend to overheat and stop working for a moment. If you give the appliance enough time to cool down, it most likely will begin to work again. But, the fact that it overheated is a warning sign that the motor is starting to go bad and needs attention.
A bad coupler can cause a motor to start malfunctioning. This part connects the motor to the washer’s transmission. The part is usually made of plastic or rubber and it can break pretty easily. When this happens, it should be replaced. If not, the motor will not function properly. Even when the motor is going bad, the problem may not always be obvious to the untrained eye.
2. Thermal fuses and Thermostats
Heat and controlling heat are essential to a properly functioning dryer. Overheating is a serious concern, and to combat it, dryers have something called a thermal fuse. These fuses are typically near or in the exhaust ducts. When a thermal fuse blows due to excessive heat, it breaks an electrical wire. This causes the dryer to not heat or work at all. A faulty or broken thermostat can make a dryer stop working. Replacing the fuse or the thermostat can help the dryer to start working again. A blown thermal fuse from overheating indicates an additional problem which could be improper ventilation. A blown fuse is actually an indicator of a good thing, because it means the fuse worked properly to protect your dryer, and possibly your home from a possible fire.
3. Dryer belt
The drum drive belt is subject to wear. Over time, wear can weaken the belt until it reaches its breaking point. When a dryer belt breaks, the drum no longer turns to tumble the clothes in the dryer’s hot air. This means clothes won’t dry even if the dryer’s heater and electric motor continue to function.In a dryer, a bad belt will keep it from working completely. The machine will sound like it’s functioning normally, but the drum full of wet clothes won’t spin.
4. Seals and Gaskets
Bad gaskets, especially those that keep heat or water from escaping, will lead to an ineffective machine. Gaskets around a dryer’s door keep heat from escaping and allow the machine to dry clothes efficiently. Replacing front door seals in your clothes dryer seals saves energy, lessens drying time and is inexpensive, especially compared with excess energy use caused by faulty seals.
5. Clogged Vents
Lint buildup in your dryer vents not only affects the operation of the dryer, it’s a fire hazard. Lint buildup is a combination of other factors including condensation, pests in the ducts, how much you use your dryer and what you dry. Majority of the lint collects near the vent inlet and outlet and is easy to remove, but you need help to reach into the pipes to get the rest. Keeping the lint collector in the dryer clear is the first step in dryer-vent maintenance, making sure you clean it every time you use the dryer. If you have a grid on the vent cap outside your house to keep small animals out of the vents, clean it at least once a month. Pay special attention to sections of the vent that run through cool spaces such as a crawlspace or basement. The temperature difference causes moist lint to settle on the pipe walls in those areas.
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Basic dryer maintenance can help your dryer to last longer and hopefully prevent breakdowns. But, if your dryer doesn’t seem to be operating properly or is making unusual sounds, give our team of appliance experts at Same Day Appliance a call. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.