Another modern convenience we take for granted. Dryers allow the convenience of providing us with dry clothes after they have been laundered. They are the second most energy drawing appliance in your home, so make sure they are running at peak efficiency to minimize the impact on your energy bill.
A dryer is simple in its task, it is an appliance that removes the moisture from laundry after it has been cleaned in a washing machine. A simple rotating drum which circulates heated air through the laundry, causing the moisture to evaporate. The exhaust air is vented through the dryer to the outside of the home.
Gas or Electric - which is best?
These dryers operate on either propane or natural gas, and although they cost marginally more when purchased, they cost less to operate over the life of the appliance. There are additional considerations such as special venting to eliminate the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, and may cost more for installation if your laundry area is not set up to accept a gas dryer.
These dryers cost less initially but are more expensive to operate. They are much easier and less expensive to install, requiring a dedicated 240v outlet to operate.
- The Dryer won't run
If the dryer seems dead, ensure it is plugged in and you have power at the outlet. If these both check out, it could indicate a problem with the thermostat or start switch.
- No Heat
The drum spins but there is no heat. Make sure the dryer is not set to the no heat setting. A number of problems can cause this condition, a bad fuse, temperature switch, thermostat, timer circuit or heating coils (electric). If your dryer runs on propane, ensure the tank has fuel in it.
- The Drum isn't spinning
The motor is running but the drum won't spin. Most likely cause is a broken drive belt, although a bad roller, idler or motor pulley may be to blame.
- Too Hot
This is a dangerous condition and should be addressed by professionals. A bad thermostat or faulty heating coils (electric) could be to blame. A clogged or mostly clogged vent can also cause this. If a clogged vent is to blame, there is a definite risk of fire and carbon monoxide buildup in your home (gas).
Dillon Appliance Repair can replace any part on your dryer.
- Temperature switches
Provide yourself piece of mind, prevent excessive energy bills, breakdowns, and safety issues with a preventative maintenance appointment by the professionals at Dillon Appliance Repair.