When Your Dryer Won’t Dry

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Every time a dryer doesn’t heat the air but its own drum rotates, something has disrupted the heat source. Run the dryer for a few minutes, making sure you don’t put the dial or controls on a non-heat setting such as “Fluff” or “Wrinkle Release.”
With an electric dryer, no heating suggests that the circuit breaker or fuse that controls the power has blown; reset or replace it. Be aware that a dryer may have two breakers or fuses. When one works the motor will operate, however, both are required by the heating element. In some cases, an electrical dryer doesn’t work due to a heating element that is broken–call GVC Appliance Repair.
With a gas dryer, check the gas valve behind the drier to be sure it is turned on, the gas may have been turned off and also make sure that the house’s primary gas valve is turned on. If yours isn’t heating at all and has electronic ignition, call an appliance repair service, like GVC. With an gas heated dryer, make sure the pilot light is burning. Relight it when it is not; instructions are typically in the user guide and may be mounted next to the burner.
When your dryer generates heat but not enough of it–or shuts off because it gets too hot–first assess and then clean the trap, then take the following measures:

1) Make sure the dryer isn’t pushed so close to the wall that it pinches off the airflow through the port’s air duct hose. A gas dryer has to be vented or so the moisture can’t be carried away.

2) Assess the point at which the dryer’s air duct vents away in the house. Ensure that plants, lint, or items haven’t blocked it. If the duct vents the roof out or over 15 feet away in the dryer, it could easily be obstructed with lint; consult with a duct-cleaning company about clearing the port. If cleaning the vent does not do the job, speak to an HVAC contractor about installing a booster fan or transferring the vent to depart via a nearer outside wall.

3) Disconnect the air duct in the rear of the gas dryer and clean out built-up lint. For security, first switch off the gas into the dryer, and then disconnect it; this means you’ll need to relight the pilot light (if the dryer has one); read your owner’s manual for the proper relighting technique.

4) If needed, employ a dryer port–cleaning company to clean out the ductwork from the drier to the outside wall where it vents; this may involve disconnecting sections. One suggestion that sometimes makes this job easier (but only if the dryer duct is secured securely at all connection points) would be to blow lint and debris throughout the duct and outside the outside wall port using an electric leaf blower.

5) Assess for internal clogs. When the dryer still is taking too long to dry clothing, remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to check for internal clogs. Use a vacuum to suction out any blockages.

6) In some instances, an electric dryer’s heating element may break or be grounded to the chassis with a bobby pin or bra cable. Run the dryer on Air Fluff or No Heat and check to make sure there’s not any heat. The problem might be a thermostat or even cycling thermostat when there is absolutely no heat. This is something you should get fixed sooner than later…. A dryer which overheats is not safe, wastes energy, and destroys your clothes.

If you’re experiencing these types of issues with your gas dryer or electric dryer, call GVC Applicance Repair today!

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