The dryer is an appliance that allows washed clothing to be dried quickly. The concept of dryers is that they are simply large tumblers attached to a motor that has pulleys and belts which allow it turn in a rotating motion. The air inside the dryer is heated by either gas or electric heat, helping the contents to dry. If your dryer is not currently operating properly, there are some ways you can address common issues.
Before making any kind of repairs or assessments, you should unplug the dryer from its power source. If it is a gas dryer, also shut off the gas valve. If the dryer is not producing heat, it could be due to a number of different problems. Most dryers heat using a heating element, which can often go bad.
Locate the heating element using your dryer's manual, and test it with a multi-meter to see if it's getting current. If not, it may need to be replaced. If your dryer is gas operated, a piece called the igniter helps release the gas valve. If this piece is not making a connection (continuity), it could be loose or may have gone bad. Other parts to check for damage include interior thermostats, temperature sensors, fuses, and timers.
Thumping and Rumbling
Sometimes dryers can make unusually loud noises. If your dryer is producing louder than normal or different noises, it is most likely the drum support rollers, which are designed to help keep the rotating drum inside the dryer stable. You can replace this by carefully removing the back panel of the dryer, and then removing the old ones. Replacement of this part is fairly simple and only requires you to pull the old roller out and secure the new one in place. It may also be the tensioner roller, which is responsible to keeping the drum spinning evenly.
Motor Runs but Dyer Won't Rotate
Sometimes, the motor of your dryer will operate fine, but the drum stops rotating. In most cases, this is due to a broken belt. Take off the dryer's front panel, and gently pull the drum outward. This is also a good time to go ahead and vacuum out any lint and debris you may find inside. Visually check the belt for cracking or tears. If you see that it is damaged, it's time to replace it. Carefully remove the old belt and note that some models have the belt located behind the motor, so proceed with caution. A brand new belt should have your dryer rotating smoothly again.
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