There’s nothing more frustrating than to remove your clothes from the dryer and find that they are still damp. Most will immediately call a repairman, but that may not be necessary. Here are some dryer appliance repair tips to try first. Before beginning, make sure that the dryer is disconnected from it’s electrical source, especially if you going to remove the back panel.
For starters clean the lint trap. This is not referring to running your fingers over the screen to remove the lint blanket that you find there after every load. Really clean the vent trap by scrubbing it with soapy water and a brush. An old hair brush is actually very effective in cleaning those small screen holes. Take your vacuum cleaner hose and stick it as far down into the vent as you can to suck out any lumps of lint that might be sticking in there before replacing the vent.
Next, remove the vent tubing from the back of the dryer and vacuum any lint that you find, even inserting your vaccum hose into the tube to remove any lint that might be blocking air flow. Vacuum the floor and the back of the dryer as well.
Then take a trip outside to the exterior vent and remove any bird nests, wasp nests, or autumn leaves that might be blocking it. (Honestly you might be surprised at what you will find lodged in there!)
If you want to get more technical, check the heating element and the belt to make sure that they are working properly.
Check your dryer settings and try drying a load to see if your efforts proved successful. If not, contact us at Fred’s Appliance. One of our trained service repairmen can provide you parts and service that will get your dryer up and running properly.
Many times with dryers, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking the steps mentioned above twice a year will save you calls to the repairman. Just because your dryer seems a little challenged does not mean that you need a new one. Many times, it is simple to fix and will cost much less than the cost of a new one or a service call.