How to Fix Your Clothes Dryer

How to Fix Your Clothes Dryer
  • Opening Intro -

    My neighbor called me last week and said that her dryer wasn't working.

    I went over to her house, gave her dryer a look, plugged it in and it began working. Just like that.

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Dryer repair tips and tricks.

Were that dryer repairs so easy! In this case I found that the dryer’s wire had worked its way loose from the wall just enough to lose contact with the electrical outlet. No other problem was evident and the dryer began working like a charm.

If your dryer has stopped working, the following steps should be taken to get it working again:

1. Check the connection.

Perhaps your connection is okay. Instead, a fuse or a circuit breaker may have turned off. Replace or reset the same and you’re good to go. If the circuit breaker trips or the fuse burns out again, then contact an electrician for assistance — there may be a more significant electrical issue with your home.

2. Examine the cord.

Your cord may be connected and the circuit working, but on closer inspection you may discover that the cord is frayed. Turn off the power at the circuit box, disconnect the cord and replace same. Also check the outlet for signs of it burning out. Replace if needed.

3. Test the start and door switches.

The contact points for the starter and door switches may have failed. Use, borrow or buy a continuity tester that can help you find out if the dryer is receiving electricity. Unplug the dryer before using the tester. Replace burnt out parts as needed.

4. Remove the dryer’s back panel.

Locate the safety fuse and replace if burnt out. Check the dryer’s manual for the location of this fuse.

5. Inspect key components.

If your dryer still isn’t working, then a much larger problem may be apparent. Check your dryer’s owners manual for instructions on how to test various components including the motor. If under warranty, contact a service provider.

Further Notes

Don’t forget to open the dryer and look for problems if the five steps mentioned previously do not yield an answer. A clogged lint dispenser can cause your dryer to cut off as can a broken belt. Make sure that your dryer is level too — an unbalanced dryer may work, but it will make a nasty noise.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".