Your clothes dryer, like many appliances in your home, is easy to take for granted when it's working properly. It's not until you run into a problem with your clothes dryer than you realize just how much you rely on it. If you're experiencing trouble with your dryer's operation, there are some simple troubleshooting steps you can follow before you schedule a service call with a local appliance repair professional.
No Power to the Dryer
If your dryer isn't turning on at all, start by making sure it's receiving power. A tripped circuit is a common cause of a clothes dryer that doesn't turn on at all, especially if other appliances (such as your washing machine) are experiencing the same issue. Check your home's electrical panel for any tripped circuits and reset as needed.
If this doesn't do the trick, you may also want to try replacing your dryer's power cord. Over time, these can go bad. You can purchase an inexpensive replacement at your local hardware or home-improvement store.
Clothes Take Too Long to Dry
Have you noticed that your clothes are taking longer and longer to fully dry? This frustrating problem can have many potential causes, but one common source is a clogged exhaust vent. Over time, your dryer's exhaust vent can become clogged with lint — even if you take time to clean your lint trap after each drying cycle. A clogged exhaust vent can prevent proper airflow, which can mean that your clothes take longer to dry than they should. Unfortunately, a clogged vent can also be a serious fire hazard, so this is something you'll want to address immediately.
Dryer Shuts Off Mid-Cycle
If your dryer is shutting off in the middle of a drying cycle, you might be dealing with a dryer that is out-of-balance. This can happen with very heavy loads. When the dryer's drum gets out of balance, it may shut off as a safety precaution. Try removing some items from the dryer and turn it back on to see if this resolves the problem.
Time to Call an Appliance Repair Pro?
If you've tried these troubleshooting tips and are still running into problems with your clothes dryer, it's probably time to call a washer and dryer repair professional. He or she will be able to get the root of the problem and make recommendations for repairs. From there, you can have a working dryer again in no time!