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It is easy to panic if your clothes dryer malfunctions. We rely on these machines for the convenience and speed they offer. When that is taken away, even for a short period of time, it can wreak havoc on your daily life.

Fortunately, most dryer issues can be solved by a qualified repair technician. Keep reading to learn about common dryer problems and solutions.

The Dryer Will Not Heat up

Something as simple as an incorrect setting could be the culprit if your dryer fails to heat up to the correct levels. You may have mistakenly selected a setting that blows out air with no heat such as the fluff setting.

If you find this is not the case when you check the settings, the problem may be due to the electronic ignition. This repair should always handled by a repair technician, as accessing this part is extremely difficult and often requires tools only a technician will have.

The Dryer Experiences a Power Failure

In this scenario, the obvious first step is to make sure the dryer is plugged into a working outlet. You can test the outlet by plugging a small lamp or kitchen appliance into it. If it powers this item, you can safely assume the outlet is not the issue.

Most dryers are manufactured with a built-in thermal fuse and a door switch that prevents the dryer from moving when you open the door. Sometimes the switch breaks while in the “off” position. This can cause your dryer to stop powering on.

The Drum Is Not Spinning

If you can turn the dryer on, but it will not tumble your clothes, it could be due to a faulty belt, switch or motor. Repairing the switch or motor are advanced dryer problems and solutions that should be left to an experienced repair technician.

The Dryer Is Making Loud Noises

Grinding and squealing noises made by your dryer are more than just an annoyance. They are usually indications of an issue that should be addressed before it gets worse. Squealing can be the result of a loose drum belt sliding around the exterior of the dryer drum. Replacing the belt or idler pulley will solve this problem.

Several different issues can cause grinding noises. Worn drum supports or glides that support the front of the buyer drum may be to blame. A repair technician will replace these items by removing the front of the dryer cabinet and bulkhead. The drum support bearing and rollers supporting the rear can also result in a grinding sound. Your technician will fix this issue by opening the cabinet and removing the drum to replace these items.

Dryer Problems and Solutions Q&A

How long should it take my dryer to completely dry a load of clothes?

A properly working dryer should be able to dry a full load in less than 45 minutes

Should I store my dryer on a level surface?

Yes, it is very important to keep your dryer level because not doing so can prematurely wear out some of the components.

Is it necessary to clean out the lint filter after every load?

Yes. A build-up of lint could cause a fire.

How can I reduce my dryer’s energy consumption?

Refer to your owner’s manual to make sure you are not overloading the dryer and clean the lint filter after every load. Make it a point to clean out the entire venting system once per year. Also, running your appliances during non-peak hours will reduce your energy bills, usually around 9 p.m. to 7 a.m during the week.

Let a Qualified, Experienced Professional Appliance Repair Company Solve Your Dryer Issues

The Area Appliance Service team has more than five decades of experience repairing and servicing dryers in the Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Palatine, Des Plaines, Vernon Hills areas and the surrounding suburbs. We have been locally owned and operated since 1958.

We take pride in doing first-rate work and providing excellent customer service. Some of the major brands we service include LG, Samsung, GE, Maytag, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Amana and Wolf. Repairing and servicing washing machines, clothes dryers, refrigerators and ovens mainly.

Our first-rate technicians possess decades of experience in dryer problems and solutions and hold an average of 4-5 stars across review sites. Our company has received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We back our work up with a 12-month warranty on parts and 12-month guarantee on labor.

Give us a call today at (847) 459-8070 and get a FREE Service Charge with dryer machine repair.


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