What To Do When Your Clothes Dryer Isn’t Working Properly

Drying machines are one of the most common appliances to malfunction. With a home protection plan from American Residential Warranty, you’re covered if your dryer breaks down, whether it’s because of a defect or wear and tear. However, whether or not you have a plan with us, it doesn’t hurt to try a few of these fixes before calling a professional.


If you just got your dryer and it’s not working properly, it’s recommended to call whoever that installed it. There is a lot that could go wrong during the setup. The vent hose could be too small or too large in diameter. The circuit might be turned off. The dryer could be on a 120-volt circuit, which takes about 3 times longer to dry than a 240-volt. There are a lot of technical issues that it could be, but as silly as it may sounds, look to make sure that your dryer is actually plugged in.

The most common cause of dryer malfunction is a build up in the lint filter. Luckily, it’s also the easiest to fix. Make sure that you clean out all the lint after every use. Not only does it keep your dryer from heating properly, but it can also be a fire hazard. Most lint filters can be removed and washed with warm water.


A lint filter after a few washes

If the lint is cleared and the dryer is still not working, it’s time to check the vent hose, the large tube connecting your dryer to the wall.  Even the vent hose can build up lint and dust over time, restricting air flow. With the appliance turned off, the vent tube can be removed and dusted. Take proper safety precautions before trying anything yourself. Also, if the appliance has been moved even a little bit, it’s possible that the vent hose is bent. It’s recommended to clean your vent hose at least once a year, twice for older machines. Similar to the lint filter, neglecting to do this can cause a serious fire hazard.

A vent hose in desperate need of cleaning

You may believe your dryer isn’t working properly when it’s just being overworked. Very large loads may not be completely dry after just one cycle.Check to make sure your drier is on the correct setting. If it’s set for a small load and you overload it, don’t expect it to be dry. Additionally, mixing large heavy items with thin light items can cause a difficulty drying.

The process of replacing a fuse can be very complex.

If you’re not having any luck with the advice above, there could be number of things wrong. Many drying machines have two fuses. One is generally responsible for tumbling and one for drying. It’s possible that the drying fuse needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, without any technical skills, it’s not a good idea to try fixing this yourself. With American Residential Warranty, all it takes is one call.

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