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How to Troubleshoot Your Dryer

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Now I don’t know if you’ve experienced this but has your dryer suddenly given up on you? Like it doesn’t even dry your clothes anymore. You have to really check on your dryer since it operates on heat and these things often cause fires when not working at optimal conditions. Here are some tips on dryer care and a bit of troubleshooting.

Check if your dryer takes a longer time to dry clothes. If it is starting to, then don’t think twice on checking it out. Chances are, there’s something wrong with it.

Try checking the lint filter first. After so many cycles, it’s bound to clog up sometimes. Some devices that can help you with the lint problem would be a comb or a pencil. This will help you with the large pieces of lint that’s clogging it up.

However, even if you remove these ones, chances are there might be a thin film that has formed on your filter. You can remove this by giving it a good once over with dishwashing liquid. Just make sure that water and soap can go through to check whether it’s still clogged or not.

Just in case, it’s not the filter bugging you, try out the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Check the fuse! Chances are, a fuse has blown. Dryers may have a separate fuse for the heating unit and the motor. So the motor might run but wouldn’t dry your clothes. Remember, replace with a fuse with the same rating!
  • If your dryer happens to use gas, check if the striker working and if the pilot light is one.
  • Check for physical damage. Cracks or doors not closing properly can affect drying time. The door and lining can take some wear over time.
  • Check the outside vent for any obstructions.
  • If all else fails, call a technician.
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