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How to Fix a Dryer That Doesn't Dry Clothes

Dryer problems can be caused by intricate issues that may lead many people to seek out professional electricians to fix the problems. However, it is possible for you to rectify common dryer problems without professional aid. Before fixing a dryer, it is recommended that you research how a dryer works so that you can be familiar with the dryer's setup and its functions.

  1. Check the dryer's fuse if the dryer's drum operates but does not heat. The fuse may not be working properly if there is a break inside. If it happens to be broken, replace it with a new fuse.

  2. The dryer's heating will not function properly if the timer does not work. Fix a bad timer by disconnecting the leads from the motor and setting the Volt-Ohm, or VOM, to RX100. Clip off the probes onto the leads. If the timer is set on infinity, then it needs to be replaced.

  3. If the drum is no longer spinning, first check to see if the motor pulley is working correctly. If it is not, then it will need to be replaced. Once everything is dissembled, take time out to clean out the compartment with a vacuum to remove dust and lint.

  4. If the dryer still is not functioning, then the dryer's belt may be broken. To fix the dryer's belt, you'll have to replace it with a new one. Line up the replacement belt with markings on the drums seen on the damaged one. Wind it around both the motor pulley and the idler pulley.

  5. The roller also could be damaged if the dryer still continues to not work. Fix the damaged roller by removing the tumbler to gain access, then remove the retaining clip on the roller by sliding it off. Reverse the process to install a new one

  6. If the dryer is not working at all (when you turn it on by the switch and it still does not work), consider replacing the terminal block. Use the VOM to check for voltage at the terminal block. Use extreme caution as the power needs to be on to run this test. Call an experienced electrician for help if need be.

  7. If the dryer is not working still, test to see if the dryer's switches are working properly. Set the VOM to RX1 and get rid of one of the leads to the switch, clipping the probes to the switch's terminals. When the reader is switched to infinity, press the start button. If the reader does not switch to zero, then the switch is bad and needs to be replaced by a professional.