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Potential Culprits in Non-Warming Dryer Issues

As one of the most well-used appliances in any home, dryers are items that need to always be operating at peak capacity. Issues with heating or proper drying aren’t acceptable at any level, and could lead to concerns with your clothes or, perhaps more seriously, related components nearby.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to help with same-day dryer repair if your dryer is experiencing issues. We service a huge range of brands in a timely, professional fashion, whether your issue is large or small. In many cases, dryer issues like failure to hear properly are actually relatively simple and can be noted or even fixed by a handy, DIY homeowner – we’re happy to offer expertise here, plus some basic tips on when you might want to swallow your pride and call our experts so you don’t risk safety or appliance quality. Here are some general basics to go over.

Simple Explanations

In some cases, you may find that basic human error is the reason your dryer isn’t heating up the way it should. The explanation may actually be as simple as the dryer not being plugged in completely or at all, or the door not being completely closed – almost all dryer models will not turn on or heat up if the door is left open even a little.

In other cases, the issue could be due to the vent or lint trap. With many models, the heating element will not turn on if the lint trap is too heavily clogged with lint or other debris. Make sure you’ve cleaned this area out entirely.

Tripped Circuit

In other situations, the cause of your dryer failing to heat properly is an issue with the circuit breaker in your electrical panel. Many dryers operate electrically, and these models require two separate breakers – one controls the motor, and the other is in charge of the heating element. Both these breakers may trip if your panel isn’t wired correctly, and this could lead to the drum turning even as the heating element does not work and the air inside is cool.

Gas Flow Issues

Are you sure you paid your gas bill this month? In some cases, homeowners find that their gas has been turned off due to non-payment. In other situations, the gas valve that feeds the dryer may be turned off.

Washing Machine Concerns

If your only evidence for dryer concerns is clothes that are too damp or wet when they come out, check your washing machine as well. Certain machines may be damaged and not performing the proper spin cycle, leaving clothes far too wet when they come out and putting the dryer in an impossible position.

If the cause of your issues touch any other areas, such as thermal fuses, timer motors or others, we highly recommend even the most handy homeowners put down their tools and call our professionals for help. To learn more about this or any of our other appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.


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