It’s your favorite day of the week - laundry day! You put your first load of wash in the dryer and later realize...you have a problem. Usually, there is a quick fix, but sometimes these common dryer problems require the services of an expert.
Problem #1: The outside of the dryer is hot but not the inside.
First, check if you over-loaded your dryer with clothes...if that doesn’t seem like an issue, check these following parts of your dryer:
Check your lint trap to make sure the holes in the mesh aren’t blocked.Tip: you should be cleaning your lint trap after every cycle. Every once in awhile you should also clean it with soap and water.
Check your vent to see if it is blocked. A vent can be obstructed by numerous things (even birds nests)!
Just like your vent, your vent hose can be blocked very easily. If you notice this problem and can fix it yourself, great! If not, we suggest hiring a technician to help. Tip: consider buying a vent hose made of metal...it helps prevent blockage!
Problem #2: The dryer never heats up
If there is no heat coming from the outside or inside of your dryer - check your dryer settings. The temperature, timer, and fabric selection all play a crucial role in proper dryer operations.
Next, check your breakers. Your dryer is connected to two fuses - make sure both are working properly.
Problem #3: The dryer isn't tumbling
If the drum isn’t spinning, but the dryer is on, it could be the dryer belt. Normally, you can hear the motor running if the dryer belt is the problem - if you hear a buzzing sound, the problem may be that the motor has seized. If either of these parts are broken, a professional is required to replace the parts.
Problem #4:The dryer won’t turn on
Accidentally, someone could unplug important wires for dryers to properly function. Check that everything is plugged in and the breakers work.
If you’re getting ready for all the loads of fun (pun intended) on your laundry day and recognize a problem needed for a professional, call the experts at Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling! We’ve been serving the Twin Cities - St. Paul area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!